Vikings get a touchdown, didn’t need it to beat Ravens

AP

Even if the Vikings had only sent kicker Kai Forbath out there, he scored enough for them to win.

But since he was joined by a defense that has showed signs of quality and an offense that did just enough, it was a relatively easy day.

The Vikings cruised to a 24-16 win over the Ravens, with Forbath hitting six field goals (including a pair of 50-plus yarders early) to improve to 5-2. Running back Latavius Murray scored the touchdown, but they’d have held on without him getting to the large rectangular area at the end of the field which seemed to puzzle the Ravens.

On a day when the Ravens were limited to three field goals, they were also without their top three receivers, as Jeremy Maclin and Breshad Perriman were inactive and Mike Wallace left with a concussion.

In the absence of targets, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t have much of a chance, though a late touchdown pass applied some lipstick to this particular pig. The Ravens managed just 208 yards of total offense, and slipped to 3-4.

70 responses to “Vikings get a touchdown, didn’t need it to beat Ravens

  1. great game vikes, great defense.. ok on another note, for green bay, hundley 12-25….87 yards with an interception..face it, he is terrible. as in maybe be able to beat the browns, but thats it. minnesota loses 2 lineman, is without stefon diggs, and using a backup in case keenum. and yet they are in first place. the world is right again.

  2. Nice win Vikes. Should have been a TD shutout. This defense is stout. So fast, and hard hitting. Love watching this D play. Barr is back in form, everyone else is playing great as usual. If there is 1 broken link in this defense, it’s Trae Waynes.

  3. The Vikings win again with a backup QB…

    All alone at the top of the NFC North.

    Need to keep on the winning track.

    Meanwhile, to the east, the lesser team folds like a pocket knife.

  4. Trae is playing tremendously better compared to his first two years.
    Tje only weak link, and he barely is on the field, is Ben Gedeon. who is still playing decent for a 4th round rookie.

  5. Yeah, Case Keenum is to up and down for me. With this defense, we just need consistent play. Didn’t help we had Diggs out today, we also lost Reif, and Easton was already out. Don’t know how much that played into Keenum being rushed, but he is still to inconsistent for my liking. Let’s see how it plays out in the coming weeks with Bradford and Bridgewater. We need our entire OL intact, and we need Diggs back ASAP. Let’s go Vikes.

  6. I don’t care how good the Ravens defense is, you have to be able to do more with your scoring opportunities. Keenum was pretty inaccurate today and couldn’t get anything done downfield. We can’t be satisfied with this kind of offense, even with a backup.

  7. Exactly, I’d like to think that the up and down play of Keenum has to do with the loss of Reiff, Easton, Diggs, and then Sirles. This defense doesn’t give up much, so we just need some consistency at QB, whether that is coming from Bradford, Bridgewater, or Keenum in the coming weeks.

  8. Bradford and teddy won’t be ready for a while. Keenum is starting to look like a 3rd string qb. But hey, not many teams can say they are 5-2 with their 3rd string qb playing 6 of those games.

    And the Murray signing was another good one by speilman.

    Lots of road games coming up for this team.

  9. Ahh yes Vikings fans chest thumping because they know the only chance they have is with Rodgers out. I actually feel sorry for them knowing that’s their only hope. What a pathetic existence knowing you’re not good enough otherwise. I guess they are used to consolation prizes.

  10. Frazier28/7 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    Trae is playing tremendously better compared to his first two years.
    Tje only weak link, and he barely is on the field, is Ben Gedeon. who is still playing decent for a 4th round rookie.
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    Yes, no doubt he is much better than his first 2 years. However, it’s usually Waynes giving up the long completions, the long TD pass, or the PI. Not saying it’s all the time, just that when it happens, it’s usually #26 getting called.

  11. dmca12 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Ahh yes Vikings fans chest thumping because they know the only chance they have is with Rodgers out. I actually feel sorry for them knowing that’s their only hope. What a pathetic existence knowing you’re not good enough otherwise. I guess they are used to consolation prizes.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    No, we can beat your team any given Sunday with ease. What’s pathetic is that your team can only win a game if they have 1 certain player on the field. Take him away, and you are barely relevant towards the bottom of the league. That’s the difference between the two teams. We can win with a 3rd string QB, you can’t win with a backup that’s been sitting learning the offense for 2 years.

  12. Dmca

    Whatever helps you sleep at night. Nobody is claiming Super Bowl, lol. We all know Keenum could start really struggling on this long road trip coming up.

    How’s it feel finally having to have a qb situation that the rest of the nfc north has dealt with since 1991? Not fun is it? I understand your bitterness. Don’t worry life goes on.

  13. dmca12 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Ahh yes Vikings fans chest thumping because they know the only chance they have is with Rodgers out. I actually feel sorry for them knowing that’s their only hope. What a pathetic existence knowing you’re not good enough otherwise. I guess they are used to consolation prizes.

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    Someone needs his binky and a nap

  14. Ahh yes Vikings fans chest thumping because they know the only chance they have is with Rodgers out. I actually feel sorry for them knowing that’s their only hope. What a pathetic existence knowing you’re not good enough otherwise. I guess they are used to consolation prizes.
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    Wait. The ONLY reason your team was any good was because of Rodgers. So I guess you’re the pathetic one as your team isn’t good enough without him.

  15. dmca12,
    you can have your superbowls, you can have your HOF qbs, you have your lamebeau field…you can have everything….but right now, being a Packer fan must be the most miserable feeling in the world, and guess what, everyone loves seeing your team stink it up. p.s. nice statline by your receivers today

  16. dmca12 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Ahh yes Vikings fans chest thumping because they know the only chance they have is with Rodgers out. I actually feel sorry for them knowing that’s their only hope. What a pathetic existence knowing you’re not good enough otherwise. I guess they are used to consolation prizes.
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    Oh wow, those are some really sour grapes, lil fella!

  17. dmca12 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Ahh yes Vikings fans chest thumping because they know the only chance they have is with Rodgers out. I actually feel sorry for them knowing that’s their only hope. What a pathetic existence knowing you’re not good enough otherwise. I guess they are used to consolation prizes.

    hmm seemed to work out ok in 2015 when they beat rodgers for the division title

  18. Good Win for the Vikes..

    Is anyone having trouble watching highlights on nfl.com??

    Can’t seem to pull up highlights on Vikings site either..

    Comments..

  19. Good Win for the Vikes..

    Is anyone having trouble watching highlights on nfl.com??

    Can’t seem to pull up highlights on Vikings site either..

    Comments..

  20. Packer fans only get joy by ripping on the Vikings.
    Check the standings bub.

    Thanks Barr !!!!! Feel better now?

    The Vikings have no easy task in the second half of the season. I’m not predicting anything.

  21. Keep piling on Vikings fans. I love it. Please buy your division championship consolation prize shirts with joy. Beating the Pack any given week? Pack is 11-5-1 in last 17. That’s not any given week. Please enjoy your time, I would too if knew I had no chance otherwise. It must feel good. My question though is what happens if you can’t win division this year? Man, would that be pathetic. I guess when you have zero Lombardi trophys leading the division after 7 games makes you feel good. Please enjoy. Hugs and kisses from WI.

  22. So we are officially done with the “is Joe elite” conversation? 140 yards of offence before the last drive. That’s a good Vikings defence but that Ravens offence is, um, offensive.

  23. Thought Barr had an outstanding game. Seemed to live in the backfield and have a TFL about every series.

    Thought special teams was outstanding, especially Sherels…fun to watch.

    Great job limiting penalties this game, although I think a lot of that was the differences in officiating teams. Although the offensive pass interference on Thielen was a joke.

    Nice to see Murray continuing to improve.

    Vikings fans have been here before. Things look good now, lets hope they take care of business in London.

  24. dmca12 and usdcoyotesfan must not realize tears run uphill. Soon the Bears and Lions fans will be savoring them too. HAHAHHAHAHAHAH!!! keep them coming!!!

  25. usdcoyotesfan says:
    October 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    Can’t wait for Dec. 23 when a Packers OL cripples Barr like Jack Tatum did Darryl Stingley.

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    You had better just hope he doesn’t break some more of your boys’ brittle bones. As if your OL is somehow that big and scary? Barr would most likely man-handle any one of them.

  26. dcma

    Thank you for that old stat line.

    Now look at this one…

    Rodgers is 1 – 3 in his last 4 starts against the Vikings.

    The first of those 3 wins was at Lambeau with the NFC North title on the line.

    The Packers choked.

  27. usdpuppydog

    You show what kind of fan you are by hoping for an injury to a player.

    Which means you are like your team, piss poor.

  28. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    October 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Yes, no doubt he is much better than his first 2 years. However, it’s usually Waynes giving up the long completions, the long TD pass, or the PI. Not saying it’s all the time, just that when it happens, it’s usually #26 getting called.

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    I think a big part of that is he’s being targeted a lot more than most CBs, because nobody is throwing to the other side anymore.

  29. Can’t wait for Dec. 23 when a Packers OL cripples Barr like Jack Tatum did Darryl Stingley.

    Or, more recently… like Barr crippled little Aaron.

  30. usdcoyotesfan says:
    October 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm
    Amazed to see so many MIN fans at the game and on this forum. Didn’t know welfare covered NFL tickets and wifi in MN.

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    Awww, it’s cute when the little guy from USD wants to talk with the grown ups.

  31. I’m super tired of hearing about the Ravens injuries. The Vikings are on their backup QB, backup RB, Stefon Diggs has been out for 3 games, etc. All teams have injuries.

  32. I love to watch the useless bickering between the two worst states in the country, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Both of their teams’ fanbases are the absolute worst, and it shows with the postings on this site. Here’s the truth, if Minneapolis or Milwaukee/Green Bay were to disappear off the face of the earth, the rest of the country would care less!!!! LOL

  33. cosportsfan1305 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm
    if Minneapolis or Milwaukee/Green Bay were to disappear off the face of the earth, the rest of the country would care less!!!! LOL

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    It’s wouldn’t couldn’t care less. There must not be much of an educational system in whatever great village you were raised in.

  34. sdcoyotesfan says:
    October 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm
    Amazed to see so many MIN fans at the game and on this forum. Didn’t know welfare covered NFL tickets and wifi in MN.

    ****

    Just like a kid. Sad his team lost and somehow is assuming MN is on welfare. Gee golly my feelings are hurt.

  35. cosportsfan1305 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm
    I love to watch the useless bickering between the two worst states in the country, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Both of their teams’ fanbases are the absolute worst, and it shows with the postings on this site. Here’s the truth, if Minneapolis or Milwaukee/Green Bay were to disappear off the face of the earth, the rest of the country would care less!!!! LOL
    ***
    Cosportsfan1305 has had his heart broken by some midwestern gal and forever holds resentment.

  36. Vikings defense could be even more dominant if Waynes would just get his head around. It’s frustrating to watch because he’s often in very good position, he just needs to locate the ball sooner.

  37. this teams decline started last season, moves should have been made during the offseason. They have not been the same since Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata were around. Hopefully they have sense enough to draft a qb this year.

  38. usdcoyotesfan says:
    October 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    The Vikings didn’t beat the Ravens, the Ravens beat themselves.

    ––––––––

    You’re in good company then- because it’s a safe bet you have to beat yourself.

  39. littledaddy

    Show me that 2015 NFC North Championship banner the Packers won.

    Oh, wait…

    The Packers failed to win at home to earn the championship.

    There is a reason that the Vikings are the division leaders in both division Championships and playoff appearances.

    The Packers are a distant second.

  40. cosportsfan1305 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm
    I love to watch the useless bickering between the two worst states in the country, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Both of their teams’ fanbases are the absolute worst, and it shows with the postings on this site. Here’s the truth, if Minneapolis or Milwaukee/Green Bay were to disappear off the face of the earth, the rest of the country would care less!!!! LOL
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    Then go away Brainiac, and crawl back into the sewer you ascended from located in who cares which state. Sheesh. It’s a free country. We can bicker all we want, and if you don’t like it just stay the heck off Vikings/ Packers sites.

  41. “October 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Ahh yes Vikings fans chest thumping because they know the only chance they have is with Rodgers out. I actually feel sorry for them knowing that’s their only hope. What a pathetic existence knowing you’re not good enough otherwise. I guess they are used to consolation prizes.”
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    Lol….lol….someone needs their pacifier. Nothing like listening to packer fans….when their only reason for existence is torn to shreds!! Actually…we were all “thumping our chests” when we saw your “sally” of a QB laying there having been CRUSHED by A Barr. Go back to mommy’s room now.

  42. gtodriver says:
    October 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm
    littledaddy
    Show me that 2015 NFC North Championship banner the Packers won.
    Oh, wait…
    The Packers failed to win at home to earn the championship.
    There is a reason that the Vikings are the division leaders in both division Championships and playoff appearances.
    The Packers are a distant second.
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    The Vikings also lead the league in one-and-done appearances in the playoffs, overall playoff losses, and are 26th in playoff win percentage, without ever winning a Super Bowl. Oh, they have an NFL Championship, but that was in the Super Bowl era; it’s the equivalent of an NFC Championship. When the going gets tough in the playoffs, the Vikings are the masters of the art of folding.

  43. No need to pile on the Packers fans…. yes, some of them deserve it, but it’s not like they would not have realized the truth sooner or later. Rodgers will be back next year to keep them barely relevant for a couple more years before they descend back into the dark ages they suffered through pre-favre.

    Let’s focus on ascending through the playoffs. If they do not make it to the NFL championship game this year, it will tie for the second longest streak of not making the conference championship game in franchise history, second only to the Walker deal-induced drought from ’87-’98.

  44. Amusing that after getting slaughtered on the message boards for over a year, ‘Treadslow’ would have been the leading receiver in GB today with his 28 yards. Was also amusing to watch him run Matthews down from behind last weekend.

    Not sure where he fits when they get Diggs and Floyd back, but happy to see some signs of life out of him.

  45. Fakebooth the fake Bears fan comes out of hiding.Your packers won’t have the chance to go one and done this year.

  46. frank

    In order to have a playoff loss, a team needs to make the playoffs (I know this might be difficult for you to comprehend).

    The Vikings could be like the Bears or Packers – who take long stretches off from the playoffs.

    Since first making the playoffs in 1968, the Vikings have never gone more than 5 years without making the playoffs.

    During the same time period, the Packers have both a 10 year and an 11 year stretch of missing the playoffs.

    The Bears are currently on a 6 year run of missing the playoffs – with little hope of making the playoffs again this year to make it 7 in a row – just like the ’94 – ’01 playoffless streak.

    Do you see how your teams keep your playoff losses down? By failing to make the playoffs.

    Is that something to be proud of?

    Well, maybe if your a Bear or Packer fan.

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