Vikings make a statement, dominate the Chargers

AP

A trendy playoff pick before the season, the Vikings lost in Week One and looked bad doing it, raising questions about whether their offseason improvement was a mirage.

In Weeks Two and Three the Vikings have done all they could to answer that, showing that they’re a good football team, on both sides of the ball.

Today the Vikings absolutely dominated the Chargers, winning 31-14 in a game that wasn’t even that close, as the Chargers scored a garbage-time touchdown after both teams had pulled most of their starters.

Adrian Peterson ran well for the second week in a row, carrying 20 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Teddy Bridgewater did not have a great game, but the Vikings didn’t need much from him, as they took an early lead and coasted through the second half.

The Vikings’ defense roughed up Philip Rivers, sacking him four times before he finally left the game in the fourth quarter. About the only positive for San Diego today was that wide receiver Keenan Allen had another outstanding game, with 12 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

It was the second straight loss for the 1-2 Chargers, and the second straight win for the 2-1 Vikings, who are starting to make the people who picked them in the playoffs look smart.

106 responses to “Vikings make a statement, dominate the Chargers

  1. look smart? who have they beaten? A garbage Chargers team that’s moving next year and a garbage Detroit team.

    They’re still a one-dimensional team.

  2. Great win today. Lets get something straight for the haters.
    1) AD is still the best back in the NFL. Freaking beast.
    2) Our Defense batters QB’s…Stafford and Rivers both took extreme punishment. Manning best get protection or he may get broken next week.
    3) Waynes did just fine coming in for Rhodes, kid will be good.

    That being said, I want more improvement out of Teddy. Up and down. But hey, he’s young and 5-0 at The Bank!

  3. Mccoy as Chargers head coach has proven to be the nothing that he is. No personality, can’t manage a clock, defense has been mediocre at best under Pagano also. Knowing this team it will be two years before they’d even consider another coach. And San Diego fans can wait another 40 years or so before any of the teams in the region make a difference. Don’t talk about Cleveland, or Detroit, or the Cubs, look no further than the city of San Diego if you want losing sports towns.

  4. The Vikings receivers/TEs had a couple drops, one for a TD. There were also a couple miscommunications with WR/TEs or TB’s performance would have been much better. I ain’t worried; it’s all about learning and not repeating mistakes.

  5. The Minnesota Vikings > Your favorite team.

    We Dominant.

    We Win Games.

    Get used to it.

    The Dynasty is clearly in full swing.

    Let the Purple and Gold Confetti Fall.

  6. For several years, Rivers was the one factor that kept the Chargers in the middle-of-the-pack of the league rather than becoming bottom feeders. It may be that now Rivers alone isn’t enough to prevent that.

  7. ctiggs says:
    Sep 27, 2015 4:08 PM

    We stomped the Vikings week one lol #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS
    ………..
    I’ve got a feeling niner fans will be saying this every week for the rest of the season. The way sf is playing since that first game, there may not be anymore bright spots.

  8. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 27, 2015 4:12 PM

    Homer article by a queens homer. This team sucks. QB can’t throw further than 5 yards
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Really, genius??? Look up his stats, his AVERAGE is 7.68, almost the same as some other guy in the division. Some guy named Rodgers, who is at about 7.8. Similar number of attempts and similar number of attempts over 20 yds.

  9. Another dominant day for AD and the Vikes defense. Rudolph dropped a TD in the first quarter that hurt TB’s stats but with the way the defense and run game performed, the passing game was for third downs only. But by all means, keep talking all that hater nonsense, you’re embarrassing yourselves.

  10. The Vikings D is phenomenal. They knocked out a few Chargers including P Rivers. Get tough NFC North, especially the Cheeseheads. Hope your injury prone QB will survive. SKOL.

  11. juice08 says:
    Sep 27, 2015 4:09 PM
    look smart? who have they beaten? A garbage Chargers team that’s moving next year and a garbage Detroit team.

    They’re still a one-dimensional team.

    like green bay who beat a crappy bears team, and a god awful seattle team

  12. The statement reiterated that they can’t find a franchise QB to save their mother’s life.
    ———–
    Hey tokyofilthblaster\h0metownzero\minneanderthals can you tell us what exactly would said to get banned on here twice?

    filthyBANNEDmcnasty1
    sonofBANNEDad

    Packer fans must be so proud

  13. Teddy looks so cute running around out there, trying to play football.
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    And Little Erin will be even cuter running against a DIVISIONAL oppononent. I bet Zim will have a pretty phenomenal defense against the arrogant Cheeseheads like he did against Phili Rivers. Good luck, is all I can tell you.

  14. billytodd2013blbaad says:
    Sep 27, 2015 4:33 PM
    it’s the chargers, beating them this early in the season isn’t exactly a statement game.

    much the way green bay beat chicago, right?

  15. leatherface2012 says:
    Sep 27, 2015 4:42 PM
    juice08 says:
    Sep 27, 2015 4:09 PM
    look smart? who have they beaten? A garbage Chargers team that’s moving next year and a garbage Detroit team.

    They’re still a one-dimensional team.

    like green bay who beat a crappy bears team, and a god awful seattle team
    ————————
    Face it. You, Cheesehead, are doomed.

  16. Vikes defense is a legit top 5 defense. That’s a fact. We’re starting to really beat up opposing QB’s. Next up is the statue, Peyton Manning. That middle A-Gap blitz is going to wreak havoc all year long. Offense is taking baby steps, but they are getting better each week. If we beat Denver next week, confidence will be very high, which is really, really good for this young team. I hope Rhodes is ok, but Waynes held his own. Let’s Go!!!!

  17. TT has done a poor job. We have too many short, slow, fragile players in the secondary. He trades experienced OL during the season to shorten our depth. He thinks more T ends are really O linemen. Slow without the ability to tackle in open space are a revered commodity. Just generally slow, wooden players on offense are also his choices. Oh, and btw, if you’re a durable player, we don’t want you. We like looking at injured players on the sideline. Way too few players on defense (or O line) with an attitude or mean streak. Limited imagination on offense thanks to FR and MM. Nolan has some attitude and will make LBs better but chicken s*** doesn’t = chicken salad. I’m watching a completely unprepared team although we keep hearing how “detailed” he is. Missing a couple of players shouldn’t matter to this extent. This is a really bad team with horrendous coaching. I’m a lifelong charger fan, going on 55 years. I’ve seen them all. This a last place team that will stay there even if we beat the equally bad Browns next week. Anyone with a proven NFL pedigree, either as a player or coach or gm isn’t welcome in SD or LA next year.

  18. coltluger says:
    Sep 27, 2015 4:57 PM

    Is the GB defense even in the top 15?
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    Does GB even have a defense?

    GB may be 2-0 but the teams they have beat so far are 0-2. Least KC is 1-1 which could prove to be a problem for the porous defense led by Capers!

  19. Packers are 9-1-1 against the Vikings in the 2010s, and Viking fans have the NERVE to call their team a rival of the Packers. Hilarious!

  20. @tokyo
    You’re the same guy who said AD was slow and finished, watch the Vikings highlights and see what a slow running back who’s finished can do when they call him All Day. Maybe one day you’re favorite team will have a running back who still dominates when he’s “finished”………

  21. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Sep 27, 2015 5:14 PM
    Packers are 9-1-1 against the Vikings in the 2010s, and Viking fans have the NERVE to call their team a rival of the Packers. Hilarious!
    ____________________________
    No different than the way DAL, SF, and SEA laugh at the pathetic Packers attempt to be one of the big boys.

    At some point in the post-season, Aaron & the gamg always have to go back to the kiddie table

  22. 29th ranked offense, soon to be 30th since one of three teams there ahead of hasn’t even played.. Only 1 team with less pts per game.. Pathetic.. Lowest total passing yards..

  23. Injuries to our OL is the only reason this game went this way. Great reporting to omit the fact that three starting OL’s left the game for the chargers plus some backups which allowed for all the pressure on Rivers.

  24. I think it’s silly to argue these things, especially after only 3 weeks of play.
    But, I feel the need to point out just how delusional or outright stupid the Heidi fans can actually be.

    Hey, great game, but right now the Viking Defense is ranked 19th in the league.
    Exactly 2 spots ahead of Green Bay.
    And after allowing almost 400 yds. this week, it doesn’t look like they are going to move up very much.
    The Packers Defense has yet to play and they could conceivably move ahead of them.

    I know, facts really suck, especially to the purple paste eaters.
    Don’t get your pigtails in a bunch over this post.
    I’m sure I wrote it just because I’m nervous. (Eye Roll)

  25. The Vikings are 2-1. Kudos to them, but those weren’t the same Lions that went to the post-season last year, they don’t have that stout Run-D they use to, with Suh leaving town. These aren’t the same Chargers that made the post-seasosn consistantly with LT and Gates.

    You can’t win a division in Sept. but Viking fans know, you can certainly lose one. Whats going to happen when the Vikings are in a close game, or down ealry? Are they that different on the home and road? There is a lot of season left, and after Denver next week Minn. has an early bye the season. then its 12 weeks straight? Are they going to hand the ball off to AP 280 times over the course of that 12 week span? Thats a lot to ask a 30 yr RB that will have played just 5 games in the last 20 months.

  26. No Super Bowl wins
    Child Beater
    Checkdown Teddy

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    Just add the above as a footnote to every Vikings story so I don’t have to read 50% of the comments by trolls with no imagination repeating redundant statements…

  27. There are a lot of comments here from Viking fans already predicting the demise of Rodgers and the Packers when they play later this season.

    Yeah. Keep telling us those games aren’t your SuperBowl equivalent. Everyone knows those games are more important to a Viking fan than anything else. Anything.

  28. All these insecure Viking fans, it’s hilarious. Rivals? Haha yeah if say so, you’d have to actually accomplish something of note to be rivals to Titletown. It’s like when fans of loser teams talk trash about the Yankees, Patriots, Celtics, and Lakers. So butthurt.

  29. stevent92 says:
    Sep 27, 2015 5:26 PM

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    That’s a pretty odd statement given that Green Bay is the only 1 of those 4 teams to make the playoffs each of the last 5 years. Only 2 of those teams have won a Super Bowl in the last 5 years, Green Bay is one of them. And only 1 of those teams has won more playoff games in the last 5 years than Green Bay, which is Seattle, by 1 game.

    Also Green Bay and New England are currently tied for the most consecutive playoff appearances, active streak.

  30. @mropinionguy – we’re not the ones on the opposing team’s thread. So pathetic – this is what you do to feel good about yourself. Sad, really. You had better go – those school halls need some wax before the kids come back to school tomorrow.

  31. Fun game to attend:(1) solid defensive play, but the Chargers O-line is decimated; (2) equally solid Vikings’ O-line play, but Teddy’s inaccuracy remains a concern; and (3) looks like our kicker may be getting his act together.

    And once again cheesers interpret any post-game joy expressed by Viking fans as an unwarranted proclamation of a pending Super Bowl, when really we’re just happy with a win. Don’t forget Vikings fans — to avoid criticism, every time we express joy over our team’s win, we must first genuflect to the self-appointed Green and Gold gods to the east.

  32. stellarperformance says:
    Sep 27, 2015 5:54 PM

    There are a lot of comments here from Viking fans already predicting the demise of Rodgers and the Packers when they play later this season.

    Yeah. Keep telling us those games aren’t your SuperBowl equivalent. Everyone knows those games are more important to a Viking fan than anything else. Anything
    ———————
    Weren’t you just crying like a girl yesterday about me posting on a Packer/Seahawk thread telling me to go away? Personally I could not care less about you posting nonsense here. I am just calling you out for being a big fat hypocrite.

  33. Gee I was going to compare the Packers to the Yankees.. There was a time they couldn’t be beaten! Their fans were proud of them, they won consecutive
    titles and Championships…. Now they STINK…..
    Guess what you have to look forward to!
    AND I’M GONNA BE THERE, to watch you hanging your heads while other teams beat you time after time… Enjoy all the smart comments, you will find Crow doesn’t taste as bad as they say I’m told…..
    You see Minnesota has Intelligent fans, not immature
    morons, We support our team 100% EVERY Year,
    We are true fans. Not ride em’ when they are high then dump them for a winner when they are down. It happens to every team in Pro Sports..
    I honestly believe the Vikings will AT LEAST split the games this year, (everybody knows the Pack gets a (wink and nod) pass from the Refs at home)!

  34. Love my Vikes, and happy to see the win streak, but I know it’s gonna end in Denver. And that’s okay, but everyone is going to hop off the bandwagon again for a while.

  35. People who are truly confident, in their ability and who they are, don’t need to brag. Just the opposite of packer fans here who feel the need to brag about their team (as if they had anything to do with the team’s success or failure). Performance issues?

  36. Chargers fan here…

    The Packers are going to absolutely have their way with the Vikings this year, just like they do every year.

    The Vikings are always bottom basement trash and the Packers are always Super Bowl contenders.

    Don’t get your hopes all up, Vikings fans, because it’s a long way down when you lose by 40 points to Aaron (The Best In The League By A Mile) Rodgers.

  37. Just because some football fans choose to wait more than 12 quarters to judge a young team Vikings fans are insulted… they want to brush of Theodore 125 yards passing and completing half his passes… what happens when the Vikings get into a shootout it’s bound to happen a couple times this season…how does the second year guy respond.

    I would have thought with a great coach like D. Green they would have understood the importance of waiting to be crowned…sorry I won’t kneel down before them with their 2-1 record let’s see how they do on the road next week.

  38. somebody at winter park needs to get their hands on some vintage ’60s and ’70s Oakland raider highlights. when the rb is running like he has the last 2 wks, you should be going up top 3 or 4 times a game. get it going Norv

  39. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Sep 27, 2015 5:14 PM
    Packers are 9-1-1 against the Vikings in the 2010s, and Viking fans have the NERVE to call their team a rival of the Packers. Hilarious!
    ————————————————–
    2010s was five years ago. When are you Cheeseheads ever gonna live in the present. THIS is 2015, a new season, 0-0Vikings vs GB. Get into reality.

  40. natelan says:
    Sep 27, 2015 5:31 PM

    Injuries to our OL is the only reason this game went this way. Great reporting to omit the fact that three starting OL’s left the game for the chargers plus some backups which allowed for all the pressure on Rivers.
    ———————-
    Charger fans are reaching for excuses early this year. Choo choo.

  41. shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 27, 2015 7:09 PM

    Just because some football fans choose to wait more than 12 quarters to judge a young team Vikings fans are insulted… they want to brush of Theodore 125 yards passing and completing half his passes… what happens when the Vikings get into a shootout it’s bound to happen a couple times this season…how does the second year guy respond.
    ====================================
    With our Defense this year I seriously doubt we will be in a Shootout! But we have already weathered all
    one of the best QB and Receiver combos could throw at us.
    Unless you think Calvin Johnson and Stafford attempting over 50 passes are chumps!
    AWW but yes I forgot, even tho we play in the same Division and actually a tougher schedule this year (according to ESPN) than the Packers, our teams are we play are no good while yours are the best in the NFL!
    I am so going to enjoy your arrogance crashing and burning when we beat you this year!

  42. I see the same thing happening with the Vikings as I do with the Bills… hard nosed old school coaches taking over teams with a lot of talent and getting them to finally play up to their ability. Congrats to Zimmer who I respect a great deal though as a Bears fan I hate the idea of looking up at the Vikings for the next few years.

  43. Choker fans have nothing better to do than drink and be scary…stupid that is.

    KC will make you 2-1.

    Then we will listen to you cry and make excuses.

  44. It’s possible that TB is suffering from teams having more film on him. Not saying that he’ll be great (I hope he is!) but all NFL QB’s have to fight through that cycle. Two weeks ago it was the OL, now it’s Teddy. Whatever. Signing all those corners seems wise now.

  45. lindacaseauthor says:
    Sep 27, 2015 8:02 PM
    2010s was five years ago. When are you Cheeseheads ever gonna live in the present. THIS is 2015, a new season, 0-0Vikings vs GB. Get into reality.
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Umm. Earth to Linda. The 2010’s is right now. 2000’s was 2000-2009.

    2010’s is 2010-2019.

  46. play great defense and run the ball hard, sounds good.

    thanks again san fran for pissing off the vikings defense!

  47. Really, genius??? Look up his stats, his AVERAGE is 7.68, almost the same as some other guy in the division. Some guy named Rodgers, who is at about 7.8. Similar number of attempts and similar number of attempts over 20 yds.
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    Really? This is the perfect example of statistics lying. Rodgers faces 2-deep safeties because they know they’ll be burned deep. Tinyhands Checkdown sees defenses stacking the box to stop their only legitimate threat and can barely get the ball across the line of scrimmage. And that’s with a glove on his hand.

    Wake up to reality. He throws a pick on his only long ball and Vikings nation fears the worst. Checkdown will become not only his last name but his middle name.

  48. lambeaudungbarn says:
    Sep 27, 2015 8:23 PM

    With our Defense this year I seriously doubt we will be in a Shootout! But we have already weathered all
    one of the best QB and Receiver combos could throw at us.
    Unless you think Calvin Johnson and Stafford attempting over 50 passes are chumps!
    AWW but yes I forgot, even tho we play in the same Division and actually a tougher schedule this year (according to ESPN) than the Packers.
    _______________________

    You are going to talk about about arrogance with me? When you open with the line ” I doubt we will be in a shoot out this year” You may be right because “your defense” made Carlos Hyde look like Herschel Walker from his Dallas days and that game wasn’t even close.

    I didn’t say CJ and Stafford are chumps they are two very gifted athletes, but I will tell you right now they aren’t anywhere CLOSE to what they were 3-4 years ago. In the last 18 games Johnson has over 100 yards in FIVE games, with 2 of them coming against a horrendous Bears secondary. They aren’t Brady/Gronk they are not Roethlisberger/Brown, Dalton/ Green, and personally I feel that Carr and Cooper may be a better tandem than Stafford/CJ . I feel that injuries and age are catching up to both of those players.

    If you really want to know why the Vikings schdule is tougher than GBs even though they play pracitcally the same teams. Its, because of two games, Nov. 22 vs. GB Jan 3 @ GB.

  49. The games versus Green Bay will be big this year. Aaron Rodgers — even without his male, live-in, personal assistant — is the best in the business. Should be exciting.

  50. Let me also clarify, I’m not disagreeing with your statement on why this is, just saying the numbers still end up the same. It’s the exact same argument I’ve made in the past about Lacey. Without defenses being so scared of Rodgers pass threat, Lacey is average, at best. One thing Vikings and Packers fans will agree on is Rodgers is one of the best. Any time we can make a comparison between our very young QB and him is a plus for us. You have to remember, this is a kid with the equivalent of just one season under his belt. Look at the early stats of the great ones and compare and I think we have plenty of reason to be optimistic.

  51. The delusion on both sides is astounding!

    Vikings have the best defense in the NFC North and it’s not close.

    Packers have the best QB in the NFC and it’s not close.

    I don’t think it’s a slam dunk for the Packers to win the division but I also believe that the Vikings have to play perfect games against a lot of tough opponents coming up to be in the conversation.

    It should be a fun year of NFC North football. Packer fans do us all a favor. Just sit back. Grab a cold Milwaukee’s Best. Shut up and enjoy the season.

  52. It’s over Phyllis.

    If an average defense like that can that to you, imagine the pain headed your way in the division.
    _________________________________________

    Vikings defense is way above average

  53. stevent92 says:
    Sep 27, 2015 5:26 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Sep 27, 2015 5:14 PM
    Packers are 9-1-1 against the Vikings in the 2010s, and Viking fans have the NERVE to call their team a rival of the Packers. Hilarious!
    ____________________________
    No different than the way DAL, SF, and SEA laugh at the pathetic Packers attempt to be one of the big boys.

    At some point in the post-season, Aaron & the gamg always have to go back to the kiddie table
    ———————————————————
    Except that the Packers just gave the Seahawks their first double digit loss since November 6, 2011. Not to mention the Cowboys haven’t beaten the Packers since 2008. One of the Packers’ wins over the Cowboys was without Rodgers.

  54. Cheese heads just love puking up non sence on vikings articles. Your defense is still bottom of the barrel whack. Looks like another year packers defense give up 31 points a game, and hope Sharon can score 33 points every game

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