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Through four games, Vikings offense has zero turnovers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 3: Sam Bradford #8 of the Minnesota Vikings hands the ball off to Jerick McKinnon #21 in the first half of the game against the New York Giants on October 3, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings defense has gotten plenty of credit for the team’s success this year. The team’s offense has given the effort a lift, in large part by not giving the ball away.

As noted by Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings offense has zero turnovers through four games.

“You like to think it’s coaching — and we work hard at it — but I think it’s players’ attention to detail and taking a lot of pride in taking care of the ball,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said.

The record low for a single season is 10 turnovers, shared by the 2011 49ers and the 2010 Patriots.

For the Vikings, the ball security isn’t a surprise. With a commitment to controlling the ball and winning the field position battle, securing the football is a priority.

So is making field goals. One out of two ain’t bad. Unless you’re a field goal kicker.

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32 Responses to “Through four games, Vikings offense has zero turnovers”
  1. therealtrenches says: Oct 8, 2016 9:44 PM

    “For the Vikings, the ball security isn’t a surprise.”

    But with Sammy Sleeves under center, it is at least somewhat surprising. He seemed to like throwing to the other team last year.

  2. sfn155 says: Oct 8, 2016 9:50 PM

    Their offense doesn’t. Sendejo lost a fumble against GB

  3. tacowrecker says: Oct 8, 2016 9:59 PM

    Zimmer got passed over in favor of bums year after year. Vikes aren’t my team, but I do enjoy seeing the success he’s had. He certainly earned it.

  4. dayglo80 says: Oct 8, 2016 10:02 PM

    FYI as a Viking fan… We have 1 turnover. In week two we forced a fumble on Adams and then we fumbled after we picked up the fumble… that’s a lot of fumbles in one sentence.

  5. slickspielman says: Oct 8, 2016 10:02 PM

    This is the direct effect of a solid fundamentally sound coaching staff and great drafting by Rick Speilman. A great example is the drafting of Trae Waynes over Marcus Peters, the trouble Peters had in college was enough for the Vikings to pass on the talented CB. The Vikings organization evaluate talent and the makeup of the whole player and it has fielded a solid overall team. Players like Justin Harrell, Datone Jones, AJ Hawk, Kenny Clark and Damarius Randall are the kind of player’s who would never make the cut or even drafted by Slick Rick and Zim. I can’t wait to watch Odell Becham Jr take out his Xavier Rhodes frustrations out on that packers defense on Sunday Night.

  6. skol4life says: Oct 8, 2016 10:10 PM

    Sam Bradford doesn’t have to press in this offense. He can pick his spots and get the ball to talented people without mistakes. Punting isn’t a bad thing on this team because Zimmer is old school and believes in field position and minimal mistakes. Real hard for people to figure out that think you need to score 30+ to win a game.

  7. jasons81 says: Oct 8, 2016 10:12 PM

    I remember when my team (Titans) interviewed Zimmer twice then ultimately decided Whisenhut was a better choice.

    I hate my team.

  8. chris1cat says: Oct 8, 2016 10:19 PM

    Good fundamental football makes a great team. Keep grinding Vikings, you’re looking better each week. Get the W and go into the bye week Hawaii 5-0 style!
    And of course Go Giants, it’s going to be great watching Odell have fun again this week against GB!

  9. ninefingers9 says: Oct 8, 2016 10:36 PM

    It all has to do with AP being out of the game.
    😉

  10. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Oct 8, 2016 10:41 PM

    Meh. Just another piece of evidence that points to the Vikings start being unsustainable.

    Why not say “Their Offense is ranked 31st in the league.” Or, “They have 1 (currently hurt) WR nary a single other offensive playmaker.” Or, They’ve allowed a league leading 20 quarterback hits on Sam (Glass Joe) Bradford since game 2.”
    Or, “Their defense and special teams have scored 5x this year, which, if extrapolated to a full 16 game season, would result in a record breaking 20 D/ST scores.”

    Their start is a mirage. They are a good team. On defense. They suck everywhere else. They’ll start turning the ball over like everyone else, and other teams will start to score more, and their offense won’t be able to keep up, because their offense is truly hideous.

  11. packerenglishmajor says: Oct 8, 2016 10:45 PM

    9, I think you’re on to something,

  12. The Almighty Cabbage says: Oct 8, 2016 10:50 PM

    slickspielman says:
    Oct 8, 2016 10:02 PM

    This is the direct effect of a solid fundamentally sound coaching staff and great drafting by Rick Speilman. A great example is the drafting of Trae Waynes over Marcus Peters, the trouble Peters had in college was enough for the Vikings to pass on the talented CB. The Vikings organization evaluate talent and the makeup of the whole player and it has fielded a solid overall team. Players like Justin Harrell, Datone Jones, AJ Hawk, Kenny Clark and Damarius Randall are the kind of player’s who would never make the cut or even drafted by Slick Rick and Zim. I can’t wait to watch Odell Becham Jr take out his Xavier Rhodes frustrations out on that packers defense on Sunday Night.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And the sad little doggy sits on the porch, yip-yapping at the big dog walking by.

    Yip-yap, little doggy! Yip-yap!

  13. lambeaudungbarn says: Oct 8, 2016 10:50 PM

    therealtrenches says:
    Oct 8, 2016 9:44 PM
    “For the Vikings, the ball security isn’t a surprise.”

    But with Sammy Sleeves under center, it is at least somewhat surprising. He seemed to like throwing to the other team last year.
    ==================================================================================
    Well if you would have looked at Sams INTs and pass incompletions with The Eacles last year you would see it was because of the lead handed Receivers. They dropped or tipped the most by far in the NFL.
    But too often posters here go……
    Ready-FIRE-Aim! or as it is called PBT,
    (Post Before Thought)

  14. pkrlvr says: Oct 8, 2016 10:50 PM

    Players like Justin Harrell, Datone Jones, AJ Hawk, Kenny Clark and Damarius Randall are the kind of player’s who would never make the cut or even drafted by Slick Rick and Zim.
    ——
    You’re 3-10-1 against the pack since the favre days buddy…don’t get ahead of yourself. And Kenny Clark? Dude’s played in three games and the packers have the best run defense in the league. Don’t understand that one….should we list your GM’s misses?

  15. mediasloppy says: Oct 8, 2016 10:52 PM

    Don’t be a jinx Florio. I do hope Walsh gets his head straight though.

  16. diveleft says: Oct 8, 2016 10:54 PM

    zerotrophiessince1961, judging by your comments you are obviously jealous and envious on the Vikings.

    Also, judging by your name, you are obviously obsessed with the Vikings as well.

    What a sad and pathetic life.

  17. tonebones says: Oct 8, 2016 10:59 PM

    Well they say it’s a QB driven league. The Vikings sure provide a good argument for that. They lost one of the top five RBs of all time, but they finally got an elite QB. Speilman has done a great job of drafting studs on defense. We could be looking at the super bowl winner.

  18. skol4life says: Oct 8, 2016 11:01 PM

    Cabbage can’t handle the decent back to 1983. He’s yipping and yapping the whole way down.

  19. artic19 says: Oct 9, 2016 12:09 AM

    zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    Oct 8, 2016 10:41 PM
    Meh. Just another piece of evidence that points to the Vikings start being unsustainable.

    Why not say “Their Offense is ranked 31st in the league.” Or, “They have 1 (currently hurt) WR nary a single other offensive playmaker.” Or, They’ve allowed a league leading 20 quarterback hits on Sam (Glass Joe) Bradford since game 2.”
    Or, “Their defense and special teams have scored 5x this year, which, if extrapolated to a full 16 game season, would result in a record breaking 20 D/ST scores.”

    Their start is a mirage. They are a good team. On defense. They suck everywhere else. They’ll start turning the ball over like everyone else, and other teams will start to score more, and their offense won’t be able to keep up, because their offense is truly hideous.
    ————————————————–

    Or they could just say that the Vikings beat the Packers with a QB that was on the team less than 10 days when nobody gave them a chance.

  20. leatherface2012 says: Oct 9, 2016 12:31 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Oct 8, 2016 10:50 PM
    Players like Justin Harrell, Datone Jones, AJ Hawk, Kenny Clark and Damarius Randall are the kind of player’s who would never make the cut or even drafted by Slick Rick and Zim.
    ——
    You’re 3-10-1 against the pack since the favre days buddy…don’t get ahead of yourself. And Kenny Clark? Dude’s played in three games and the packers have the best run defense in the league. Don’t understand that one….should we list your GM’s misses?

    and from 1968 till 1995, the packers were absolute crap. so what’s your point?

  21. statlaw says: Oct 9, 2016 2:10 AM

    Uhhh. Let’s not forget that the kicker that MF disses all the time made 10 in a row from50+ yards his rookie season. Yes, that is old news, but it is much more reflective of his capability than a single shank – even if that shank was last year – also old news. Ditto for the missed extra points,and we are 4-0, so let’s support the you guy and tell him how much we remember his entire body of work, not just a synopsis of his career when it hurt. Only then wile perform like he can…

  22. officialgame says: Oct 9, 2016 7:05 AM

    They play a simple game and all of their victory’s have been directly attributable to winning the turnover battle. Can they continue for an entire season and into the playoffs? Their offense seems just good enough and the defense has been lights out so will find out. Denver in the AFC has the same type of team and it would be interesting if they were to meet in the Superbowl.

  23. jimmysee says: Oct 9, 2016 7:46 AM

    They’ve been studying the Packers. That’s in their game plan every week.

  24. sidepull says: Oct 9, 2016 8:11 AM

    I am not a Vikings fan but I gotta say that team is exciting this year. I love watching great defense. Should be crazy in he new stadium when you all arrive in the playoffs.

  25. johnodocks says: Oct 9, 2016 8:47 AM

    Check the inflation level of their balls.

  26. littleseizures says: Oct 9, 2016 9:06 AM

    I agree that this turnover streak won’t last all year but they’ve done a good job playing to their strengths and that shows that they are well coached and disciplined. Winning the turnover battle = winning games.

  27. countyk66ers says: Oct 9, 2016 9:07 AM

    The Texans are a matchup nightmare for the Queens. Houston will win big.

  28. atthemurph says: Oct 9, 2016 9:40 AM

    Makes sense since Fumblina went on IR.

  29. 250dollarnflowner says: Oct 9, 2016 9:44 AM

    Every Viking opponent has a plan…until they get punched in the mouth.

  30. gtodriver says: Oct 9, 2016 10:11 AM

    therealtrenches says:

    But with Sammy Sleeves under center, it is at least somewhat surprising. He seemed to like throwing to the other team last year.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Before the bye last year, Bradford was picked off 10 times. Before the bye, Bradford only had one QB rating over 90.

    However, since the bye last year, Bradford has only been intercepted 4 times in 12 games. Since the bye, Bradford has only had one QB rating under 90.

  31. tremoluxman says: Oct 9, 2016 11:03 AM

    jimmysee says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:46 AM
    They’ve been studying the Packers. That’s in their game plan every week.

    ========================

    Are you the same ‘jimmysee’ who posts on the FDP (Fender Discussion Page)?

  32. usdcoyotesfan says: Oct 9, 2016 4:01 PM

    Hard for that one guy to be “envious” of a team with an empty trophy case.

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