Vikings built leads of 16 or more points 10 times this year

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The Vikings have won 14 of 17 games this season. In 10 of those wins, they’ve built leads of 16 points or more.

It started in Week One at home against the Saints, with leads of 26-9 and 29-12 eventually becoming a 10-point final margin of victory, 29-19. In Week Three, the Vikings lead the Buccaneers at one point by 25, with the final score becoming 34-17.

In Week Eight versus the Browns in London, the Vikings turned a fairly close game into a 17-point route, winning 33-16.

After the bye, the Vikings built 17-point leads in three straight games, barely holding on to beat Washington on the road, 38-30, suffocating the Rams, 24-7, and leading the Lions 20-3 and 27-10 before a closer-than-it-should-have-been outcome of 30-23.

Since a 31-24 loss at Carolina in Week 14, the Vikings have built leads of 16 or more points in four straight games, beating the Bengals 34-7 in Week 15, the Packers 16-0 in Week Sixteen, and leading the Bears 23-7 in Week 17 (Minnesota would win, 23-10).

Despite a couple of regular-season close calls (most notably at Washington and Detroit), the Vikings hadn’t blown a 17-point lead, until Sunday. They led the Saints 17-0 late in the third quarter, but the Saints stormed back to take a late 21-20 lead before the back-and-forth that resulted in a game-winning miracle.

What relevance does any of that have on Sunday in Philadelphia? Probably not a lot. But the Vikings have shown an ability, both at home and on the road, to build significant leads this season, thanks to a defense with tremendous third-down efficiency and an offense that can move the ball quickly, when it’s clicking. And only franchise-level quarterbacks (Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, and Drew Brees) have been able to take games that were on the fringe of blowout status and make them interesting.

Although Eagles quarterback Nick Foles played admirably on Sunday against the Falcons, the only franchise quarterback on the Philly roster is on injured reserve. So if the Vikings can somehow do what they’ve done in 10 of 17 games this season, the second half may not nearly be as interesting as it was on Sunday against New Orleans.

27 responses to “Vikings built leads of 16 or more points 10 times this year

  1. We have been able to build leads against teams that have average defenses. Haven’t faced a defense as good as Philly, especially a front 7 as good as theirs. So Sunday will be a very very tough game. Hopefully we can get a run game going, and can pressure, and force foles into some bad decisions. But, don’t look for our offense to go out and light it up against Philly. Gonna be a 17-14 or 20-10 type of game.

  2. The Eagles D is pretty good. So is the Vikings. I see a low scoring game coming. 14-10 would be what I would expect. I don’t see either team getting up by 16 or 17 points in this game. Might be 10-10 with a fg winning it late.

  3. The Eagles Defense averages letting in 11 points at the Linc . And it took a very lucky play for the Vikings to get into the championship game, so lets let this game play it self out. A then sit back and watch the Eagles and the Patriots in the Superbowl 🙂

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  4. Defensively I would say both of these teams are equal. Maybe a slight advantage to the Vikings secondary. On offense I would take the Vikings every day and twice on Sunday. Home field for the Eagles will make it a close game. With temps above freezing on Sunday I don’t see weather being a problem. Vikings are destined for the Super Bowl! They just need to stay out of their own way.

  5. Wow thats crazy considering on the 97.5 fantati c today the philly radio guys continued to tell me how vastly overated the vikings team was especially on the road an even though the vikings went 6 an 2 on the road the eagles were vastly better in all areas an would make keenum look terrible….i guess being over confident will make it all that much sweeter sunday night

  6. I think and hope the Vikings learned Sunday that you can’t take your foot off of the gas in the playoffs. Although the Eagles don’t have Brees, Thomas and Kamara there is a reason they are there and it’s not just Wentz.

  7. Anyone saying this game will be a lopsided win for EITHER team is a homer, a troll, or simply an idiot. It feels like the only ways this game ends up being lopsided is from a large amount of turnovers on the wrong side(s) of the 50, an injury or one team laying an egg. The laying of an egg seems awfully doubtful considering the consistency, talent and ranking of both of these defenses. Both offenses should struggle and if I were betting, I’d be betting the under. Should be a great game!

    Skol!!

  8. Just a tidbit of information. Did you know that the last 3 teams to beat Matt Ryan and the falcons in the playoffs all went to the Super Bowl And 2 of those 3 teams won the super bowl Giants and Seahawks won and the Cardinals lost. Didn’t the Eagles beat the falcons and Matt Ryan last Saturday? the Eagles beat the Falcons last Saturday.

  9. If the Vikings are better than last year they will beat the Eagles, if not Eagles will be the ones getting creamed by the Pats. Vikings have a better chance of beating the Patriots. Somehow with nobody picking Minnesota at the beginning of the year, and the Minnesota Miracle, it just FEELS destiny is on the Vikings side. The Eagles will be the team to beat the next few years, but not this year!

  10. The Eagles outscored teams by 133 in the 8 real home games this season.
    That’s an average win of 16.6

    They were #1 against the run and Vikes backs not named Cook average 3.8 per carry.
    Seems like a bunch of 3-and-outs and forcing Keenum into mistakes.

    If the Eagles can win by the same average of 8 home games then the purple rain will be Viking tears.

  11. Just a tidbit of info. Every team that beat matt ryan and the falcons in the playoffs went on to the superbowl . The giants and seahawks went on to win the SB with the Cardinals losing to to Steelers.

  12. The eagles have given up 23 points in their last 3 (one of which was with backups). They have also given up an average of 13 points at home this year . While the Vikings concern me i think 16 points total might be max for either team this week . I don’t see either team getting out to a big lead at all.

  13. jets2010spygate says:

    The Eagles outscored teams by 133 in the 8 real home games this season.
    That’s an average win of 16.6

    They were #1 against the run and Vikes backs not named Cook average 3.8 per carry.
    Seems like a bunch of 3-and-outs and forcing Keenum into mistakes.

    If the Eagles can win by the same average of 8 home games then the purple rain will be Viking tears.
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    Carson Wentz was the QB that produced the vast majority of those points in the Eagles home games.

    Wentz isn’t playing this Sunday. The Eagles have scored 34 points at home in the three games that Foles has started – or about 11 points per game.

    I’m not guaranteeing a Viking win on Sunday – just pointing out that your use of statistics is seriously flawed.

    BTW – the Vikings may have given up a few more yards against the run overall (they were #2 behind the Eagles), but they had a better average in yards per rushing attempt. So let’s just call it a draw, statistically.

    Hoping for a well played game on Sunday.

  14. jobo50 says:
    January 19, 2018 at 1:40 am
    Just a tidbit of info. Every team that beat matt ryan and the falcons in the playoffs went on to the superbowl . The giants and seahawks went on to win the SB with the Cardinals losing to to Steelers.

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    Just a tidbit of info. Every team that beat the Saints on a miracle play to win is destined to go on to SB. Plus you guys have Foles.

  15. I’m so excited for Sunday it’s unbelievable! 3 starting QB’s this weekend, that nobody would have imagined starting in title games, with the chance to play in 52. Foles, Bortles, and Keenum. It’s an awesome story, and you can bet that each one of them will be jacked up, knowing that they are one win away from the chance to play in the Super Bowl. I’m just excited. No Brees, Ryan, Rodgers, or Wilson for once. This weekend is just gotta hurry up and get here!

  16. January 19, 2018 at 1:13 am

    The Eagles outscored teams by 133 in the 8 real home games this season.
    That’s an average win of 16.6

    They were #1 against the run and Vikes backs not named Cook average 3.8 per carry.
    Seems like a bunch of 3-and-outs and forcing Keenum into mistakes.

    If the Eagles can win by the same average of 8 home games then the purple rain will be Viking tears.

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    How many of those games did Wentz play in? lol The Vikings offense is better than the Eagles offense currently (not when Wentz plays). Case has real play makers in Diggs and Adam Thelen.

  17. stooges64 says:

    January 18, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Keep on showing the lack of respect.
    Sunday can’t come soon enough.
    Go Birds.

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    No Vikings fans are disrespecting. If anything the Vikings are the team that has had no love most of the year and now we are getting some. The Eagles have been the darling for most of the year until Wentz went down. I’ve seen more Philly fans trash talking and saying the Vikings are “overrated”.

    The Saints radio network did the same thing. They laughed at our team. And they are at home.

    I think either team can win. On paper I give the Vikings the edge with the secondary, and a better offense (without Wentz). The one thing that could win the game for the Eagles is their dominant front 4 against an average offensive line the Vikings have.

  18. I’ve seen this defensive PPG while at home stat thrown out by Eagle fans a lot, so naturally…

    Here are the home games (opponents, points allowed, and their opponents’ PPG game) for the Eagles this season:

    Giants – 24 – 15.4 (31st)
    Cardinals – 7 – 18.4 (25th)
    Redskins – 24 – 21.4 (16th)
    Niners – 10 – 20.7 (20th – game was before the Chosen One was traded there)
    Broncos – 23 – 18.1 (27th)
    Bears – 3 – 16.5 (29th)
    Raiders – 10 – 18.8 (23rd)
    Cowboys – 6 – 22.1 (14th) (pointless game where Eagles put up zero)

    Averaging 13.375 ppg given up by the Eagles’ defense this season when at home.

    Although that’s an impressive number, that is an extremely weak schedule and that defense has not faced a top ten offense at home yet this year (Vikings – 10th for PPG/11th Total Yards). Sunday should be interesting and you all should stop using this stat as some part of intimidation because it’s not in the slightest distilling any fear after being debunked.

    Skol Vikes!

  19. It’s pretty simple, dont turn the ball over and we have a very good chance to win any game.

  20. jobo50 says:
    January 19, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Just a tidbit of information. Did you know that the last 3 teams to beat Matt Ryan and the falcons in the playoffs all went to the Super Bowl And 2 of those 3 teams won the super bowl Giants and Seahawks won and the Cardinals lost. Didn’t the Eagles beat the falcons and Matt Ryan last Saturday? the Eagles beat the Falcons last Saturday.
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    Well, you have that going for you…I guess.

  21. Ok, let’s dial down the “Keenum is soooo much better than Foles” talk. There’s a reason they were both backups. They’re pretty much even. I give the Eagles the edge in the running game because of Ajayi and O-line. Vikes have the edge in passing game because they have a better duo of receivers. Eagles have better TE play (depth). Front 7’s are even and the Vikes have the better secondary. If it comes down to special teams I’ll take Elliot kicking outdoors. Should be close, Eagles 23-17.

  22. Anyone remember that year the Eagles had double digit (13+ point) leads in 10 games?

    Oh yeah… that was this year.

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