Latavius Murray credits the bye week for his second-half improvement

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In the first eight games of the season, Vikings running back Latavius Murray had 78 carries for 249 yards, an average of 3.2 yards per carry. Since the Vikings’ Week Nine bye, Murray has 68 carries for 323 yards, an average of 4.8 yards per carry. So why has Murray been so much more effective after the bye?

Murray said this morning on PFT Live that it was the bye itself, which gave him fresh legs.

“Taking some time to sit back and let the body heal, take some time away, regather, regroup and hit the ground running after that bye week,” Murray said. “Getting some time off, some time away, some time to rest.”

Murray isn’t the only one feeling good in the second half of the season: Other than losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford, the Vikings have been a fairly healthy team, and Murray said they’re a team that actively thinks about taking care of themselves to make sure they’re playing their best football at a time when some teams might be worn down.

“Guys are taking care of their bodies, guys are being smart about what they’re doing, taking care of their bodies to be available on Sundays,” Murray said.

That has paid off well for the 10-2 Vikings.

26 responses to “Latavius Murray credits the bye week for his second-half improvement

  1. “Other than losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford, the Vikings have been a fairly healthy team”

    That and losing their #1 RB and NFL’s leading rusher (at the time), but who’s counting?

    Most teams fold when they lose their starting QB and RB, I’m impressed with how resilient and well-coached the Vikings have been this year.

  2. Seems like it is working. However; I would think every player does this. More likely; the coaches got on him; and he stepped it up.

  3. “Other than losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford, the Vikings have been a fairly healthy team”

    I don’t know why the comment of this is a healthy team bothers me so much, but this team has dealt with injuries, every team does. I think I would rather just have writer acknowledge that Speilman has done a very good job of building depth on this team to overcome losing #1,2 QB, #1 RB, and have other starters miss multiple games (Remmers, Diggs, Ev, Sendajo).

    What this team is doing is absolutely amazing when you think of any team in the league having to play with losing their top 2 QB’s and top RB and have no other injuries – I don’t know if there is a team that could handle those three losses and win a couple games, let alone look like one of the most dominant teams in the game right now.

  4. If he’s actually being honest about the team being on top of their health, that’s great to hear. I think that can be the difference between winning the SB and getting knocked out in the divisional round.

  5. I’m surprised he didn’t mention the ankle surgery that took so long to get over. He missed most of training camp and he had Cook ahead of him, so it isn’t surprising he would get off to a slow start. Now that he’s healthy and getting consistent opportunity, he’s able to take advantage of the holes this good offensive line is opening for him. I think he has a 30+-yard run in each of the last three games.

  6. thetundraturf says:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:03 am
    If he’s actually being honest about the team being on top of their health, that’s great to hear. I think that can be the difference between winning the SB and getting knocked out in the divisional round.

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    Wait….are you actually talking about the Vikings winning the SB? Please child….

  7. The vikings have got exactly 6 quarters of football from their starting qb the last 2 seasons an 5 games combined from good/great running backs A.P/cook. The vikings are currently 18 an 10 in that span. If not crazy amoumt of injuries to the oline last year this team would have been in the playoffs as well…Name any other squad that can over come those types of injuries an be successful…ill wait…..

  8. Two things: It was maddening last year when we lost 8 games after starting 5-0. when you look back it was painfully obvious if we had any kind of running game and better play from the QB we could’ve won a lot of those games we lost by less than a field goal. This year we’re getting better results from the running game and QB and 10-2. Its no coincidence.

    The other part that has played into their success is Zimmer took advice from veterans on the team he trusts and made practice times and lengths different not only on the field but in the film room as well and they’ve responding with a 10-2 record.

    Having a top 5 offense to go with a top 5 defense doesn’t hurt.

  9. nhpats says:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:50 am
    thetundraturf says:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:03 am
    If he’s actually being honest about the team being on top of their health, that’s great to hear. I think that can be the difference between winning the SB and getting knocked out in the divisional round.

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    Wait….are you actually talking about the Vikings winning the SB? Please child….

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    “Please child”? who are you Della Reese? packer/pats fan are the worst.

  10. flviking says:
    December 7, 2017 at 10:38 am
    nhpats says:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:50 am
    thetundraturf says:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:03 am
    If he’s actually being honest about the team being on top of their health, that’s great to hear. I think that can be the difference between winning the SB and getting knocked out in the divisional round.

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    Wait….are you actually talking about the Vikings winning the SB? Please child….

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    “Please child”? who are you Della Reese? packer/pats fan are the worst.

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    You know it’s almost cruel that the Vikings get your hoped up from time to time only to let you known again. We have all seen this movie before. I know and you know in your heart that even on the cusp of victory, the Vikings will find a way to lose. It’s what they have done for over half a century now. It’s just who they are.

  11. nhpats says:

    Wait….are you actually talking about the Vikings winning the SB? Please child….
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    Childish is acting like you matter more because ‘your favorite team’ won a Superbowl. He was implying that a healthy team going into the playoffs would give them a better chance to win a Superbowl.

    Maybe spend more time reading books and talking to other humans…just being a fanboy of a good NFL football team doesn’t make you smarter.

  12. But will he fumble in the playoffs like the other Viking RB? The Vikings find the most maddening ways to lose playoff games so I will be riveted to my Easy Chair this year to see what new and Innovative ways they will find to lose.

  13. nhpats says:

    December 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

    thetundraturf says:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:03 am
    If he’s actually being honest about the team being on top of their health, that’s great to hear. I think that can be the difference between winning the SB and getting knocked out in the divisional round.

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    Wait….are you actually talking about the Vikings winning the SB? Please child….
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    Deriving your sense of self-worth from the success of your favorite football team is pretty pathetic.

  14. SeeYouNextTuesday says:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:25 am
    nhpats says:

    Wait….are you actually talking about the Vikings winning the SB? Please child….
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    Childish is acting like you matter more because ‘your favorite team’ won a Superbowl. He was implying that a healthy team going into the playoffs would give them a better chance to win a Superbowl.

    Maybe spend more time reading books and talking to other humans…just being a fanboy of a good NFL football team doesn’t make you smarter.

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    Ok Francis. We have seen this movie before….and we all know how it ends

  15. whatjusthapped says:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:43 am

    But will he fumble in the playoffs like the other Viking RB? The Vikings find the most maddening ways to lose playoff games so I will be riveted to my Easy Chair this year to see what new and Innovative ways they will find to lose.
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    Can’t argue with that, but wouldn’t you say the Packers have set the bar pretty high over the last decade when it comes to innovative ways to lose playoff games?

  16. In Teddy We Trust says:

    December 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    whatjusthapped says:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:43 am

    But will he fumble in the playoffs like the other Viking RB? The Vikings find the most maddening ways to lose playoff games so I will be riveted to my Easy Chair this year to see what new and Innovative ways they will find to lose.
    _________

    Can’t argue with that, but wouldn’t you say the Packers have set the bar pretty high over the last decade when it comes to innovative ways to lose playoff games?
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    Here comes the part where he will tell you about all their world titles…its as sure as death and taxes

  17. The Vikings have been relatively healthy. But, since you are talking about the run game, it seems like you should have mentioned the fact they are missing Dalvin Cook. Also, Remmers has now missed the last 3-4 games.

  18. whatjusthapped says:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:43 am
    But will he fumble in the playoffs like the other Viking RB? The Vikings find the most maddening ways to lose playoff games so I will be riveted to my Easy Chair this year to see what new and Innovative ways they will find to lose.
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    And we appreciate you watching the Vikings games. We know you want the NFC North to be well represented. We welcome you aboard the bandwagon for the 2017 playoffs.

  19. Its a shame whatjusthapped that Dom Capers wont be around to show us all a new and innovative hilarious and embarrassing way to completely lose in the postseason for a 7th consecutive season and yet return next year in the same coaching compactly.

    And, Packer fans are so obsessed with trying to be the Patriots they actually come up with usernames like nhpats. Hilarious.

  20. purpleguy says:
    December 7, 2017 at 3:09 pm
    I like Murray, but geez I think Linvall could beat him in a foot race.
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    A lot of fans would agree with you, BUT the guy has acceleration and top end speed. He’s faster than you think. Just doesn’t have the quick twitch movement we like to see in RB’s.

  21. Man, I really don’t want to disrespect Murray, but the o-line playing as a solid unit for the first time in a few years can also go a long ways with his fresh legs. Best of both worlds.

  22. Besides Cook and Bradfor the Vikings have also been down a O Tackle for a good number of games. Diggs has been out some. Sendajo was some some. So the Vikings have had their share on injuries too. Not as devastating as last year but still injuries.

    Green Bay minus Rogers = a team slightly better or worse then Cleveland. WE will see this weekend. I betting worse.

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