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No longer just the place where the players play, Atlanta is a spot where teams come to get battle-tested.

The Vikings continued their dominance on the road and extended their win streak to eight after beating the Falcons 14-9.

It wasn’t Minnesota’s prettiest win, but in terms of what this means for the Vikings’ own playoff destiny, the victory was a major statement.

“It’s always good to get hot late,” wide receiver Stefon Diggs said. “We don’t want to be hot too early … [Atlanta is] jelling right now. They’re playing some good football. To come out here and do what we can and get it done is huge, especially for this team in the direction we’re trying to go.”

As the only team that entered Week 13 ranked in the top five in total offense and defense, the Vikings did not resemble the NFL’s most balanced team. The offense was more methodical and conservative than it has been in recent weeks, while the Vikings’ dominant pass rush didn’t generate a ton of pressure on Matt Ryan. For the first time since Week 7, Minnesota did not register a sack.

The Vikings limited Matt Ryan to just 173 yards passing.

Still, for a team with aspirations of playing in Super Bowl LII inside its home stadium, the Vikings took care of business by beating last season’s NFC champion and hold critical head-to-head wins over Atlanta, Los Angeles and New Orleans. That could play an important role in the conference playoff picture down the stretch if currently top-seeded Philadelphia runs into roadblocks.

What it means: The Vikings said it all week leading up to this NFC showdown: In order to be the best, you need to beat the best. At 9-2 entering this game, Atlanta wasn’t make or break for Minnesota’s playoff chances, but the Vikings took a critical leap forward in controlling their own path toward the postseason. They stifled the Falcons’ hot streak and held their explosive offense to its second-lowest game in points after Atlanta put up 95 in three previous wins.

What I liked: The “Tay Train” powered through once again. Atlanta’s run defense had given up 112.3 yards in its past three games entering Week 13, and while it hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season, Latavius Murray came close. Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur capitalized on Murray’s hot hand on several drives when he got the ball on consecutive plays. Murray finished with 76 yards on the ground and was the best he’s been in the passing game all season. His three receptions on Sunday are the most for him as a Viking and the most he’s had since he and the Raiders beat Buffalo last December. Murray set up Jerick McKinnon in a big way in the second quarter, getting the Vikings into the red zone to set up their first touchdown.

And while Minnesota’s pass-rushers may have struggled a bit in getting to Matt Ryan, the Vikings held their own as the best third-down defense in the league. Atlanta was held to one third-down conversion on eight attempts, which included a big pass breakup from Mackensie Alexander late in the first quarter which set the tone for the rest of the game.

“We were just very focused today of getting off the field on third downs, trying to get the offense on the field as much as possible and keep ourselves off the field,” linebacker Anthony Barr said. “One play with those guys and it could turn ugly.”

What I didn’t like: The Vikings’ offense may have appeared conservative on Sunday, but the game plan worked out exceptionally well, especially in the second half. Case Keenum was 18-of-18 for 198 yards and a TD between the painted field numbers on Sunday, according to ESPN Stats & Information. A lot of where the ball was thrown was dictated by the game plan, knowing that the zone scheme Atlanta runs was bound to give up some space underneath on the outside.

This should have been a game in which Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs dominated, as the Falcons were without cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Brian Poole. Keenum appeared to leave both of his top receivers open a little too often but was able to compensate by getting seven other players involved in the passing game.

Rhodes vs. Jones: A week after tacking on 253 yards and two touchdowns, Julio Jones was much less productive against the Vikings. Minnesota’s top corner, Xavier Rhodes, held Jones to two catches for 24 yards and no touchdowns after he was targeted six times.

What’s next: The Vikings’ three-game road stretch ends next week at Carolina, where they’ll receive another test. Once Minnesota clears this hurdle, its road is considerably smoother with Cincinnati, Green Bay and Chicago to close out the regular season.

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The problems on special teams for the Vikings in their win over the Lions extended well beyond Kai Forbath's kicking woes.

Mike Zimmer didn’t appear all that bothered with the issues in the kicking game following the Minnesota Vikings’ 30-23 win over the Lions. None of Kai Forbath’s missed kicks ended up altering the course of the game, and Zimmer affirmed those problems are fixable.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t frustrations on special teams, which have mounted over the past couple of games. The issues don’t just rest with the kicking game, either. It’s special teams as a whole.

“We have to get better in that area,” Zimmer said. “I don’t really think it was really the kicker. He didn’t really get an opportunity.”

Forbath’s extra-point attempt after the Vikings’ first touchdown was blocked by defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson. Zimmer noted a muffed snap as the reason for the miss where long-snapper Kevin McDermott was off target, forcing Ryan Quigley to extend in order to set the ball for Forbath. Adjusting his motion at the last second didn’t allow Forbath to have the smoothest execution.

“Didn’t get the ball caught and put on the ground good enough,” Zimmer said.

In the second quarter, Forbath had his 53-yard field-goal attempt blocked by Jeremiah Ledbetter. When a team comes out to kick a field goal, the defending team cannot line up over the center, which is a rule the Lions may have violated on the play. Detroit charged through the middle of the unit and crashed into McDermott.

“Can’t hit him in the head and neck,” Zimmer said.

Last week, Forbath missed field-goal attempts of 39 and 48 yards against the Los Angeles Rams. Through 11 games, the kicker has missed four field goals and five extra points, the latter being a league-high, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Forbath’s PAT conversion rate of 82.1 percent is among the worst in the league.

The day wasn’t all lost for Forbath, who ended up making a 36-yard field goal with 3:42 to play in the game to give the Vikings a seven-point lead. Since he arrived in November 2016, replacing former kicker Blair Walsh, Forbath is 39 of 43 on field goals and 34 of 42 on extra points.

Still, Zimmer said he saw other things on special teams that were just as problematic as the missed kicks. One example of that was Marcus Sherels’ 38-yard kick return in the second quarter that was nullified by holding penalties against Blake Bell and Stephen Weatherly.

“I don’t think it was really him [Forbath],” he said. “We had a couple poor punts, we had a couple good punts. We didn’t cover very well — well enough, anyway. In general, we have to be better at special teams.”

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This game was supposed to be about offense, remember?

The Minnesota Vikings secured their sixth straight win, a 24-7 victory, by holding the Los Angeles Rams to a season low in points.

Both offenses stole the headlines entering Week 11, which featured the most improbable matchup of the season between Case Keenum and his former teammate, Jared Goff.

But these defenses don’t get talked about enough. Now they will. Minnesota held Todd Gurley to 37 yards rushing and dominated on third down, holding the Rams to 3-of-10 in those situations.

Keenum, meanwhile, was 27-of-38 passing for 280 yards and a touchdown. A week after throwing two interceptions, the quarterback didn’t turn the ball over, and he finished with a 100.8 passer rating.

The big question ahead of this game was who would be the Vikings starting quarterback after this week. Keenum helped set up Minnesota for a win. Going forward, Minnesota has no reason to ride with anyone other than Keenum.

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What it means: If we’re talking big-picture, the Vikings still have a quarterback conundrum. Keenum had brilliant moments on Sunday. Does that automatically grant him the keys to the offense for the rest of the season with Teddy Bridgewater waiting in the wings? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m not sure this would be the appropriate week to make a switch at the position unless something called for it, especially with a critical division game in Detroit. There will never be a perfect situation to make the swap, especially if Keenum is playing well enough for the Vikings to get away with a win. He had strong moments on Sunday as well as some wild throws that made you cringe, but he overall did a great job in the driver’s seat.

What I liked: Adam Thielen continues to prove he’s one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He showed off sick double moves, had incredible back-to-back catches in the third quarter and capped off a huge day with a 65-yard touchdown reception, which tied the longest touchdown pass Keenum has thrown in his career. Thielen is the first Vikings receiver since Randy Moss to have 900 yards receiving in the first 10 games of the season. Moss achieved that feat in the 2000 and 2003 seasons. Thielen now has a receiving touchdown in three straight games after having none in his first seven games of the season.

What I didn’t like: Minnesota still has a problem with consistency in its kicking game. Kai Forbath was 1-for-3 on field goals against the Rams, missing from distances of 48 and 39 yards. Ahead of Sunday, extra points, not field goals, were a problem for Forbath. The kicker was 22-of-23 on field goals entering Week 11, per ESPN Stats & Information.

Fantasy fallout: All aboard the Tay Train. Latavius Murray showed off his effectiveness inside the red zone for a second straight week, scoring twice against the Rams from 8 and 1 yards out, respectively. Murray entered Week 11 with two rushing touchdowns on the season and is the first Vikings player with two rushing touchdowns in a game since Adrian Peterson did it against the Giants in the 2015 season. The Vikings put up 171 rushing yards on the Rams’ stout defensive line, with 95 coming from Murray.

Secondary performs big despite health issues: Reserve safety Anthony Harris had one of the biggest plays of the game before halftime. Starting in place of Andrew Sendejo (groin/hamstring), Harris stripped the ball from Cooper Kupp as the Rams receiver attempted to cross the goal line and recovered the fumble. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes injured his left calf in the first half, and while he was able to return to the game shortly thereafter, Minnesota got big contributions from its cornerback rotation with Mackensie Alexander and Terence Newman. The Vikings used a number of nickel blitzes after entering the game with a total of 10 pass rush snaps from their cornerbacks, according to Pro Football Focus.

The streak is over: Everson Griffen’s sack streak ends at eight. Griffen did not play last week in the Vikings’ win over the Redskins because of a foot injury and was not able to sack Goff in Week 11. He had a sack in eight straight games to start the season and has 10 on the year. Third-year defensive end Danielle Hunter and Tashawn Bower sacked Goff on Sunday, with Goff facing a three-and-out late in the first quarter after the Rams had to burn a timeout the play before to avoid a delay-of-game penalty.

What’s next: Teddy Watch continues as the Vikings prepare to face the Lions on a short week. Bridgewater suited up for a second straight game as Keenum’s backup and remained on the sideline. He has not played since the Vikings lost to the Seahawks in a 2015 NFC wild-card game. The Vikings begin a tough three-game road stretch against their division opponent before traveling to Atlanta and Carolina in Weeks 13 and 14.

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Mike Zimmer has his mind made up and says he knows who the Minnesota Vikings will start at quarterback Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

For now, he’s choosing to keep his decision close to the vest. Zimmer won’t meet with his players until Wednesday, which is when he plans to inform the team of the starter before the Vikings begin preparations for their Week 11 opponent in a game with playoff implications.

Following Minnesota’s 38-30 win over Washington on Sunday, Zimmer said he has a plan in place for how he’ll manage the position going forward. It’s a plan he said he would evaluate this week and he didn’t offer up more than that, other than the notion that, “sometimes plans change.”

Whether Case Keenum did enough against the Redskins to hold off Teddy Bridgewater another week is in question. Keenum was 21-of-29 for 304 yards and threw a career-high four touchdown passes. He also threw interceptions on consecutive drives.

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The bad plays didn’t unravel all the progress he made during arguably his top performance of the season, but in balancing the good with the bad while assessing Keenum’s performance, Zimmer wants his quarterback to slow things down and respond differently when the action gets heated.

“Well, the two turnovers were bad,” Zimmer said. “Back to back and we had the game pretty much in hand. The rest of the game he played pretty darn good. He moved in the pocket well, threw the ball good. I think he started slow the last couple ballgames and then he started really fast in this game and then the first half came back and the second half a little bit. He’s a very excitable guy and sometimes he gets off the reservation a little bit. I talked to him a little bit this morning about understanding the situation of the game and where we’re at. Sometimes a throwaway is a good thing.”

What Zimmer wants to avoid is having that excitability cause Keenum’s mechanics and footwork to break down, like they did on his first interception. With the Vikings in field goal range late in the third quarter, Keenum lofted a pass off his back foot into triple coverage.

The unfortunate throw resulted in a learning experience for the quarterback.

“One of the first things Coach [Kevin] Stefanski said actually, that my feet were in a bad place,” Keenum relayed after the game. “It was a poor decision. When things don’t fit my eye, I don’t see it well. I need to not make a bad play worse.”

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It has been 10 years since Adrian Peterson ran for an NFL-record 296 yards as a member of the Minnesota Vikings against the San Diego Chargers, and he still thinks about what could have been.

To most, those 296 yards he gained on Nov. 4, 2007, would’ve been the achievement of a lifetime. Peterson’s name still sits atop the list of best single-game rushing performances.

But that hasn’t stopped him from imagining how many yards he could’ve had that chilly fall day under the cover of the Metrodome if only he’d had a better first half.

Peterson ran for 43 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries through two quarters. It put him on pace to better his season average of 83 yards per game. But he still laments the holes he missed and blocks that weren’t finished.

“I can’t sit here and tell you that I was going to think it was going to be [250]-some yards in the second half, but that’s how it ended up happening.”

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“That first half could’ve easily been 150 yards,” said Peterson, whose Arizona Cardinals face the 49ers on Sunday. “But I remember coming in at halftime, talking to the guys and telling them, ‘Hey, it’s almost there. Let’s keep pressing, keep pressing, keep pressing. We’re going to hit these guys, we’re going to hit these guys.’

“I can’t sit here and tell you that I was going to think it was going to be [250]-some yards in the second half, but that’s how it ended up happening.”

While Peterson was reassuring his offensive line that everything was OK and his holes would develop, the Vikings were reeling from the last play of the first half. Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell’s 57-yard field goal attempt came up short and was returned by San Diego’s Antonio Cromartie 109 yards for a touchdown.

“We were a little bit up in arms as we went in the locker room,” former Vikings coach Brad Childress said.

With Minnesota down 14-7 and receiving the second-half kickoff, Peterson primed himself to take the field.

He was given the ball on the second play of the third quarter and gained 6 yards. His next carry, four plays later, began his tear toward history. He took the handoff and went 64 yards, weaving and cutting his way to a touchdown.

The play was called “twin” and had two wide receivers on one side and two tight ends together, Childress said. As Peterson broke the play, Childress remembers watching Peterson “cutting back against the grain, which was his style then.”

After that run, Peterson had 113 yards on 15 carries.

And he wasn’t close to being done.

That Peterson was having that type of game against that Chargers defense still sticks in Childress’ memory. “What was ironic was that LaDainian Tomlinson was standing on the other sideline with Norv Turner as the head coach, who I know has a great appreciation for running the football over the course of his career,” Childress said.

What wasn’t working in the first half began to work in the second for Peterson. He began chipping away at a Chargers defense that featured three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman and four-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle. Five yards. Six yards. Ten yards. Thirteen yards.

Slowly he broke down the Chargers, who would advance to the AFC Championship Game that season.

“I was having better reads,” Peterson said. “The guys were finishing their blocks better. Receivers, too. That was another thing that stuck out. Receivers, they did an excellent job the entire game of blocking down the field and staying on their blocks until the whistle blowed, and that really gave me an opportunity to finish a lot of runs.”

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Peterson was up to 150 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries — which would’ve stood as the 19th-best performance of his career — when the third quarter came to a close.

His first carry of the fourth went for 16. His second gained 19. Then he had runs of 5, 3 and 12, before fumbling.

In a matter of five carries, Peterson had reached 205 yards.

“It kind of demoralizes a defense when you’re hitting them like that,” Peterson said. “That year they had a really good defense, too. We could tell that we were wearing them down.”

Then, with 7:54 left in the game, the Vikings regained possession at the Chargers’ 46. On the first — and only — play of that drive, Peterson took it to the end zone.

He had 251 yards.

He gained seven on Minnesota’s next possession to give him 258 with 6:45 left.

By that point, the Vikings’ public relations staff was digging through the record book. The NFL single-game rushing record was 295 yards, set by Baltimore’s Jamal Lewis on Sept. 14, 2003. But nobody on the Minnesota staff knew that as Peterson closed in on the mark.

Bob Hagen, longtime Vikings executive director of public relations, thought, “Geez, this has gotta be getting closer.”

“I think as it got to the 230 mark or 240 mark, we started being like, ‘Hey, where does this rank in league history?'” Hagan said. “Then he rattled off a couple 20-yarders, and it was kind of like, ‘Oh, where is he at right now?’ And we had the little Stats computer right in front of us that was connected to our stats booth. Now ESPN and everything has that right on your phone.

“But before, nobody had that live. It was the stats booth, and the two PR guys had that in front of them.”

There was always a concerted effort to get Peterson the ball, Childress recalled. And as Peterson continued to gain steam — and yards — in the second half, Childress said the Vikings passed only when absolutely necessary, which turned out to be seven times in the half, including just once in the fourth quarter.

Tom West, Vikings director of public relations, went upstairs to the coaches booth, located above the press box, to inform the coaches that the record was within reach for Peterson. The coaches radioed the information down to the sideline. Peterson, whose day was thought to be done, went back in for the Vikings’ final possession.

On the first play, Peterson ran for 35 yards.

He was two yards away from the record.

“I didn’t know until that last series when they came and told me that I had six or seven yards to break the record,” Peterson said. “And so I just went out there and continued to play.”

He set the record on a 3-yard run up the middle, becoming the first player in NFL history to reach 296 rushing yards in a game.

“We knew he was special,” Childress said. “Can I tell you I thought he was going to rush for [almost] 300 yards? I’d be lying if I said that.”

With Peterson within four yards of 300, he was taken out. There was less than a minute remaining in the game. The Vikings took a knee, ran out the clock and claimed victory. It wasn’t the Vikings’ intent to call a timeout or put him back on the field to reach the historic plateau, Childress said. There was the risk of keeping Peterson on the field for one play too long and chancing an injury. How would Childress have explained that?

“I don’t know what happened,” Peterson added.

What Peterson had just accomplished didn’t sink in until that night, when he was back home, lying down and relaxing. That’s when he began to take in his historic day.

“I was like, ‘Wow, I just set a record,'” Peterson said. “My whole thing was, I could’ve got 300. Like, 296 was cool but 300 sounds a lot better.”

For Hagan, that day was a rarity. He has informed the coaching staff of a pending record only a few times in his 27-year career. “Because there’s those times where you’d be, like, it’s dangerous in some ways because you don’t want to inject into the game when the win’s the more important thing,” he said.

That game was different.

A decade later, Weddle was still admiring what he witnessed that afternoon.

“All I just member is his patented head bob like a rhinoceros running down the sideline again and again and again,” he said. “I just thought it was the twilight zone. Every other play, he was running for like 40 yards through our defense. We had a really good defense that year. We got all the way to the AFC Championship Game. It wasn’t like we were some slouch.

“It was crazy. It was one of the games I witnessed greatness. I wasn’t on the right side of it, but I still was there and I’m still hanging on, so that’s pretty good.”

The closest anyone has come to Peterson’s record was when Cleveland’s Jerome Harrison ran for 286 yards on Dec. 30, 2009.

Even though the record has stood the test of a decade, Peterson still thinks about that first half and how it could’ve led to a 400-yard game. “There’s not many guys that can think like that and not have it be a pipe dream,” Childress said. “But, yeah, there’s no mountain too high for him. He’s a can-do guy all the way.”

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Less than five minutes into the Minnesota Vikings’ eventual 33-16 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns in London, things appeared to be heading for disaster.

Cleveland capitalized on Case Keenum’s interception on Minnesota’s first drive. The Browns managed their longest rush of the season — Isaiah Crowell’s 26-yard score — on the ensuing possession against the league’s third-best run defense.

The Vikings then lost right tackle Mike Remmers to a concussion and, just like last week, had to rely on the depth of their offensive line.

Minnesota put itself in bad position early with negative runs and penalties. This game should have been decided well before the Vikings started to pull it together in the second half.

The chaotic nature of Minnesota’s fourth straight win highlights the flaws of this first-place team, one with several questions to answer during its Week 9 bye.

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What it means: The Vikings escaped London with a win, but the biggest issue on offense remains at quarterback. Keenum stepped up to convert big third downs and showed glimpses of being able to establish a deep passing attack. He also had a number of passes batted down early and struggled with accuracy. Keenum finished 27-of-43 for 288 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception. But it should have been easier against the winless Browns. The Vikings’ window of reliance on Keenum is closing. They’ll need to use the bye week to determine how they’re going to manage the position going forward.

What I liked: Adam Thielen entered Week 8 with the most receptions (43) without a touchdown catch, per ESPN Stats & Information. Keenum used Thielen to get the ball moving downfield, which resulted in the receiver’s first touchdown catch of the season. But the offense really got going once it turned to Jerick McKinnon. The versatile rusher was a big threat in the passing game, totaling 72 yards on six catches and 50 yards on the ground. He notched his second game of 100-plus yards from scrimmage this season and stepped up big in the backfield.

What I didn’t like: The defense had issues establishing a pass rush because of the speed at which Cleveland ran plays. The Vikings are going to face a lot better offenses than the Browns’ in the second half, so that was a bit alarming. A week after allowing just 64 yards in the run game, Minnesota gave up 115 to Crowell, Duke Johnson Jr. and DeShone Kizer. The defense didn’t come up with any interceptions but did register a big fumble recovery on a muffed punt to give the Vikings good field position. Unfortunately for Minnesota, Keenum and the offense stalled and had to rely on a field goal.

Fantasy fallout: Kyle Rudolph turned his slow start into a big-time gain in the fourth quarter, totaling six catches for 27 yards and a touchdown. If you started David Morgan II, bravo. The Vikings used several two-tight end sets which helped Morgan get three catches for 24 yards. Thielen broke through for five reception and 98 yard game to go with his first touchdown.

What’s next: Minnesota heads into its bye week at 6-2 and has to address what it’s going to do with its quarterback situation. Sam Bradford reportedly traveled with the team to London but has not practiced in more than three weeks. The Vikings’ 21-day window to activate Teddy Bridgewater off the PUP list closes in another week. While it looks likely that Bridgewater will be moved to the 53-man roster instead of IR, the question that now needs answering is how soon they’ll turn to their former starter and whether Bradford is healthy enough to get his job back after the bye. Keenum showed some OK moments against the Browns but has looked more like a backup in his last two games. The Vikings are in prime position to control their own destiny at the beginning of the second half. They need to figure out what’s going on with their starting quarterbacks before they continue their playoff push.

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If special teams are your thing, Week 7 in Minneapolis was nirvana.

Between Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath and the Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Tucker, the two specialists did most of the scoring in Minnesota’s 24-16 win, combining for nine field goals to tie an NFL record set by San Diego and Kansas City on Sept. 29, 1996.

Forbath went straight from the field to the cold tub, logging quality minutes for all the muscles in his legs and foot which were likely not as enthused as his teammates after he booted kick after kick on Sunday.

Forbath reached a career milestone when he made all six of his field goal attempts against the Ravens, including four from 40 or more yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Tucker, too, found success, going the distance of 57, 48 and 47 yards.

Vikings kicker Kai Forbath was all business on Sunday, making all six of his field goal attempts, including a 52-yarder.

The Vikings kicker, along with Minnesota’s defense, helped bail out the offense when it struggled to establish a consistent rhythm by converting fourth downs into points on the scoreboard.

“He’s made some great kicks,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “He’s right on the edge of where he needs to be. I think it’s good that our offense understands where they have to be in order to get a field goal if we’re not going to get the third down.”

The distance didn’t bother Forbath, whose field goals reached lengths of 52, 51, 43 (two times), 34 and 32 yards. As each kick sailed through the uprights, Forbath’s poise grew.

“Every time you make one you get a little more confidence,” he said. “I felt good going into today and I’m going to carry it over to next week.”

One thing that won’t set his confidence back is his missed extra point following Latavius Murray’s 29-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It’s one of four misses for Forbath on the season, with three of those coming on extra points.

“I haven’t seen the film yet,” he said. “I thought I hit it well. It’s nothing I’m worried about.”

While responsible for a bigger portion of the scoring in Week 7, things were business as usual for the kicker. Having to always be ready to run in after a touchdown keeps him on his toes. He was just a little bit more so Sunday, when he was called upon to handle the crux of the scoring, not just the exclamation point after a touchdown.

“It’s more so the net (work) on the side,” he said. “Every time we are in scoring position, I’m just kicking. Luckily, our punt returner also helped us get into position. I was staying busy.”

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Initially the Minnesota Vikings maintained the same approach on defense after Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a broken collarbone.

Whether it was Rodgers or backup quarterback Brett Hundley, Minnesota wanted to stop the run (Green Bay had 72 yards rushing), collapse the pocket (at points Hundley was forced to throw under tremendous pressure) and get to the quarterback (Hundley was sacked four times).

But as the game wore on, Minnesota was able to key in on Hundley in ways that might have been more difficult had Rodgers been in the game.

“Well, obviously it’s not the same guy,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “We stuck with the plan for a little while after that to see what was going on. Then … as we got up by two scores, then we kind of changed some of the things that we were doing.”

Rodgers’ absence in the Vikings’ 23-10 win didn’t just change the dynamic of the game. It changed the outlook of the NFC North. The Packers quarterback could miss the rest of the season, and Green Bay is no longer the clear-cut favorite to win a sixth division title in seven years.

Before Week 6, Green Bay had a 64 percent chance of winning the NFC North, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, with the Vikings next in line with a 21 percent chance. If Rodgers is out for the remaining 10 games, the likelihood of Minnesota capturing its second division title since 2015 increases drastically — to 53 percent — according to FPI.

The Vikings expressed some disappointment about Rodgers’ injury postgame. No one knows what it’s like to lose a quarterback (or multiple quarterbacks) better than the Vikings.

“I think he is the best quarterback in the NFL right now,” defensive end Brian Robison said. “You never want to see a guy get injured. You want to compete against the best, so obviously we want to compete against him. That is still a very good Green Bay football team that we were able to get a win against.”

The Vikings finished a three-game stretch against division opponents at 2-1, with wins over the Bears and Packers and a loss to Detroit, the game in which they lost Dalvin Cook for the season. Minnesota has won two in a row and sits atop the NFC North at 4-2, tied with Green Bay for first place.

The Vikings will get a chance to even out their record against the Lions on Thanksgiving at Detroit, facing a team that allowed 52 points to the Saints on Sunday.

They’ll get another shot at the Packers on Dec. 23 and host the Bears on New Year’s Eve.

The path to a division title suddenly is a lot more manageable, especially with the way the Vikings have looked through the first six weeks. Statistically, Case Keenum is preforming like a top-10 quarterback. The run game is clicking even in Cook’s absence. As expected, the defense is dominating and can always be relied on to bail the team out if needed.

The breaks, for a change, finally are going Minnesota’s way.

But to get to a division title, the Vikings have to stay out of their own way.

That starts this week when Teddy Bridgewater is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list and likely will return to practice. At some point, if Bridgewater is ready to play this season, Minnesota will have to decide whether they stick with Keenum, who has helped the team to four wins, or go back to Bridgewater, who hasn’t played since the 2015 season.

The division is there for the taking. With a major nemesis out of the way indefinitely, the Vikings look even more like legitimate contenders.

“I’m not into the soothsayer stuff,” Zimmer said. “Obviously [Rodgers is] a great player. It’s different when he’s not in there. There’s no doubt about it, but it’s just the way it is.”

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was expected to make his return for Monday night’s game against the Bears in Chicago after missing three games with a left knee injury.

Coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN in a production meeting Sunday for Monday Night Football that he anticipates Bradford will start.

Bradford, who suffered a noncontact injury to his left knee during a Week 1 win over New Orleans and last practiced on Sept. 21, on Friday said the knee has “come a long ways” after he returned to practice Thursday.

Bradford, who flew to Florida on Sept. 22 to seek a second opinion from orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, was given last week off to rest and rehabilitate his injury. Sources earlier confirmed to ESPN that scans revealed no structural damage and that surgery wasn’t required.

After getting the second opinion, Bradford is hopeful this won’t be an issue that continues to surface.

“Anytime you go for a second opinion there’s always a little bit of anxiety because you’re not quite sure in how that’s going to go or what that conversation is going to be like,” he said. “I would say after going down there it was definitely good news.

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Michael Floyd finished serving a four-game suspension and is eligible to play Monday night.

There’s a bit of a silver lining to the unfortunate hand the Vikings were dealt in Week 4.

Just as Minnesota lost a key part of its offense when Dalvin Cook went down with a season-ending ACL tear, it added another with the return of Michael Floyd.

The wide receiver, who sat out the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, returned from his suspension Monday and will be back at practice Thursday.

Floyd was suspended after he pleaded guilty to a DUI conviction following a December 2016 arrest. He was released by the Arizona Cardinals and finished last season with the New England Patriots before signing with the Vikings in free agency.

The NFL changed a rule this year to allow suspended players to be present in meetings at the team’s facility. After the preseason ended, Floyd was still able to be around his teammates even though he could not practice or be present at games.

“Being away from the team but also being able to be in the facility and go to meetings was really helpful for me, I think for anyone who has been through my situation,” Floyd said. “Just to be here and get mental reps and just stay in the loop, I think that benefits me, for sure. Even though I’m not out there with the team, you’re still taking mental reps and doing your workout on the side. It helped.”

Physically, the veteran wideout says he feels “awesome” and is ready to fill any role in the Vikings offense.

“I’m just going to be aggressive,” he said. “I’m an aggressive player. I’m going to go out there and make plays. That’s just what I do. That’s in me, and that’s never going to stop.”

At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Floyd is the most physically imposing receiver on the Vikings’ roster. In Arizona, he used that size to become Carson Palmer’s favorite deep-ball threat. Floyd has averaged 15.4 yards per catch on 246 receptions for 3,781 yards and 24 touchdowns in his six NFL seasons.

Coupled with the performances of the NFL’s top-producing wide receiver duo, Minnesota has the tools to continue an aggressive aerial attack. Stefon Diggs ranks No. 1 in receiving yards with 391 and has four touchdowns, while Adam Thielen slides in at No. 3 with 358 yards.

Watching games on television at home, Floyd saw what he had anticipated.

“That’s what we expect out of those two,” Floyd said of Diggs and Thielen. “Great receivers that when a quarterback is in trouble, they’ll come down with the ball. That’s expected in our room.”

Floyd, too, can provide security for whoever is throwing the ball — whether it’s Case Keenum or Sam Bradford — when the Vikings travel to Chicago to face the Bears on Monday Night Football. He has a chance to emerge as the No. 3 receiver behind Diggs and Thielen and help Minnesota keep its aggressive approach in the passing game.

“Whatever they say goes,” Floyd said. “I’m in shape. I feel great. I’m ready to get started.”