Vikings force seven turnovers in 39-10 win over Chargers

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The Vikings are one step closer to a playoff berth and their defense has a lot to do with it.

Vikings defenders forced seven turnovers during Sunday’s 39-10 win over the Chargers. The victory pushed the Vikings to 10-4 on the season and leaves them on the doorstep of the postseason with a Week 16 Monday night game against the Packers on tap.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had a hand in four of the turnovers. He threw three interceptions and was stripped of the ball on a sack by Danielle Hunter. Ifeadi Odenigbo scooped that ball up and returned it for a 56-yard touchdown with seconds to play in the first half.

That score opened up a nine-point lead and the Vikings just kept stretching it out as Melvin Gordon fumbled for the second time on the first play of the second half. Tight end Hunter Henry lost another fumble and the comedy of errors left the Chargers with their ninth loss of the season.

With a .500 record no longer possible, the Chargers could opt to take a look at Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. Rivers now has 18 interceptions on the season and the prospect of bringing him back for another season will likely be a subject of serious debate inside the organization.

The Vikings have no such conversations on tap, although they may have to fend without running back Dalvin Cook. He left Sunday’s game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and was quickly ruled out. Cook’s dealt with shoulder trouble at other points this season, so it’s a situation that bears watching.

76 responses to “Vikings force seven turnovers in 39-10 win over Chargers

  1. Next week we will both be 11-4. Only difference is the Vikes fight for everything while the Green Bay Charity Case get every win handed to them on a silver platter.

  2. And to the cheese balls everywhere. How did your team score only 11 pts. vs the chargers? Congrats on the bear win though. You did beat them twice so figure it gives the division to you. Enjoy that much at least. You won’t be going farther than one and done in post season.

  3. Let me guess: it’ll be another week of “the vikings beat the chargers, who are a trash team,” just like how every week has been “the vikings beat a trash team in _____”

    But what happened to the packers out west in LA? Please, jog my memory a little bit.

    Looking forward to next week at our house

  4. Amazing that in an article about the Vikings’ dominance of their opponent, 5 of the 6 posts are about the Packers. I know it’s all one person with multiple accounts, but it says a lot about how sad that person’s infatuation with one of their division rivals.

  5. Just look at the point differential for the Vikings and Packers while playing basically the same schedule. Gives you a definitive look at who is the best of the North….

  6. Great win by the Vikings. They are a dangerous team, and definitely one that nobody wants to face.

  7. Incredibly important win for the Purple on the road, and on Grass !

    Just as important, Dalvin’s shoulder outcome !

    Must win in the most important game of the Reg Season next week.

    If the D plays like today, we feel damn good about the prospects of a win, and booking the playoff spot.

    SKOL

  8. Luckiest team in the NFL. The wishing, hoping, and praying by Viking fans can pay off………when that’s all you have.

  9. Alan Light says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:22 pm
    Just look at the point differential for the Vikings and Packers while playing basically the same schedule. Gives you a definitive look at who is the best of the North….
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    You might think that stat is definitive, but most people, including those who run the league, look at wins vs. losses.

    Keep trying though, it’s entertaining to watch you try to justify why your team is the best.

  10. stellarperformance says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Luckiest team in the NFL. The wishing, hoping, and praying by Viking fans can pay off………when that’s all you have.
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    When the Vikings get awarded a win when they actually lose then I would agree.
    Like when the Lions destroyed the Packers in Green Bay

  11. jhtobias says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Hey viking fan your still gonna be a wildcard team LOL

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    Hey packer fan what is even more funny is your still going to be one and done in post season. Hilarious

  12. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    Hope next week Erin walks into another Barr. Would love nothing more than to see that pansie laying on the Bank turf in pain looking up at the lights while hearing the Skol chant.
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    And now you show how truly classless you are. Rivalry is one thing, and trash talking is part of that, but hoping for injuries and celebrating it is totally different – you are a truly deplorable person.

  13. codylaws says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:27 pm
    Vikings win big against a team that destroyed the Packers? Says it all about who’s a better team in the North… not even close.
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    Who’s got a better record and who won the last time these two teams met? Sit down boy!

  14. Hey packer fan what is even more funny is your still going to be one and done in post season. Hilarious
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    While that is possible, right now it looks like our first game will be at home in the divisional round of the playoffs, whereas your team will be travelling to their wildcard game.

  15. northernpackfan says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Alan Light says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:22 pm
    Just look at the point differential for the Vikings and Packers while playing basically the same schedule. Gives you a definitive look at who is the best of the North….
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    You might think that stat is definitive, but most people, including those who run the league, look at wins vs. losses.

    Keep trying though, it’s entertaining to watch you try to justify why your team is the best.

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    No trying needed. Check your stats vs ours in all categories and then sit back and watch your team get its butt handed to them next Monday. You better make sure your home town refs come to Minneapolis. They have done well for you most of the season and you’ll need them Monday for sure.

  16. Vikings win big against a team that destroyed the Packers? Says it all about who’s a better team in the North… not even close.

    Who won when the Packers and Vikings played earlier this year? Nice prediction on the Packers missing the playoffs and losing to the Bears. You my friend are on fire.

  17. Refs gave the first game to the packer on the first round, same as they did for the first win vs the bears and even today they had at least two bs calls favoring cheese. Hopefully this green bay ref favoritism thing gets fixed before the playoffs.

  18. Hey packer fan what is even more funny is your still going to be one and done in post season. Hilarious

    So you are assuming Cousins will win a playoff game? I guess he has proved that today with a win over a team making offseason plans. According to you the Vikings were super bowl favorites and the Packers would be lucky to win 4 games. I’m not sure which fan base should be more disappointed. Maybe you can help with that.

  19. That bad call against Chicago that resulted in a first down at the 35 for the Packers instead of Chicago ball was the difference in the game.
    Once again the Packers are granted an outrageous gift at HOME to assure them a win.

  20. Wow.

    Nice win by the vikes.

    Fans on here can’t stop talking about the packers.

    Rent free gents, rent free…..

  21. The Chargers had no chance having to play against the Vikings and the refs. The game was close until the refs got word from the NFL that the Vikings must win.

  22. So THAT’s how you are supposed to play in LA! Sure looked like a home-game in mild weather at home. Vikes win by almost 30 & your thinking that it should be more like 40-45.

    Can’t wait for Monday night!

  23. oldmanriver55 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    Check your stats vs ours in all categories
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    Will do:
    Green Bay Packers – 11 wins, 3 losses (one vs. the Minnesota Vikings)
    Minnesota Vikings – 10 wins, 4 losses

    Green Bay Packers’ Divisional Record 4-0
    Minnesota Vikings’ Divisional Record 2-2

    Try again.

  24. I still have the vikes in the sb.they just have the best d in football and are playing lights out now. This team has no weaknesses.
    They clearly knew being down only one game to the pack coming into their home was the goal.
    They can now take the div and can sit out a game.

  25. oldmanriver55 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    Refs gave the first game to the packer on the first round, same as they did for the first win vs the bears and even today they had at least two bs calls favoring cheese. Hopefully this green bay ref favoritism thing gets fixed before the playoffs.
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    Fascinating that sour grapes Vikings’ fans are the only ones who really cry about this. It’s incredible that league officials don’t say anything about it. Or other teams’ coaches and owners, they never mention it. It’s only Viking fans. smh, it’s pitiful.

  26. Hey @CythiaFreelund………..
    analytics are a small PIECE of the puzzle, not the whole picture.
    You said Chargers 24-23 and barked like a dog on the Network this morning. Gotta have it in your gut girl to say the numbers don’t add up.
    You even kept saying “Why does no one see this but me?” It is because everyone has coomon sense no matter what the stupid overrated analytics say!
    You’re acring like Packers fans Cynthia.

  27. Max Payne says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm
    I still have the vikes in the sb.they just have the best d in football and are playing lights out now. This team has no weaknesses.
    They clearly knew being down only one game to the pack coming into their home was the goal.
    They can now take the div and can sit out a game.
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    The Vikings are a dangerous team, no doubt. And there is a chance that they can make a deep playoff run, but they may have to do it all on the road. If they want to win the division, the Vikes have to win next weekend, and vs. the Bears in week 17, and hope the Packers lose to the Lions. If they don’t, it’s a much tougher road to the SB.

  28. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    Bolts 42, Vikings 13
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    Somebody had 29 points predicted in the wrong direction.

    Chargers are who the Vikings thought they were. We did not let them off the hook!

  29. Packer fans wanna talk crap, when the Bears were 5 yards away from tieing the game on a college lateral play? SINCE WEEK 5 Cousins has pretty much out played Rodgers, but you still think A A Ron is the best QB in the NFCN. A a Ron isnt even the top 5. You all made fun of Thielen’s injury but yet Davante “The Toe” Adam’s missed just as many games. Packers fans says Delicate Dalvin, but the other A A Ron Jones doesn’t even have half as many yards as Cook, runs for first downs etc.

    Packers roster in no where no the other teams except maybe the Cowboys. Be afriad Cheezers, be very afraid, If Mr Biscuit can carve you up at Lambeau. Imagine what Cousins could do his home? The only reason why your squad is relevant this year is because the media makes it so. All the other teams in the NFC are way better than the sad yellow and green….kinda like a baby diaper.

  30. aaronspornstash says:
    December 15, 2019 at 8:07 pm
    Imagine what Cousins could do his home? The only reason why your squad is relevant this year is because the media makes it so.
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    That’s true. The media pays attention to teams that win games, which is what the Packers are doing this year. And more games than the Vikings. So say what you want, maybe if you say it often enough you’ll start to believe it.

  31. northernpackfan says:
    December 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm
    aaronspornstash says:
    December 15, 2019 at 8:07 pm
    Imagine what Cousins could do his home? The only reason why your squad is relevant this year is because the media makes it so.
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    That’s true. The media pays attention to teams that win games, which is what the Packers are doing this year. And more games than the Vikings. So say what you want, maybe if you say it often enough you’ll start to believe it.

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    So the media only pays attention to teams that win? That is the dumbest statement I’ve ever read here and we are all more stupid for having read it. Your beloved sqaud has a one game lead
    You may have the division but Monday night there is a good chance the Real Kings of the North will be revealed. Packer couldnt even beat the Chargers nor the 9ers and you think your sqaud can compete? One game lead……lol. Go home Packer fan you’re drunk.

  32. The league manufactures a playoff spot for Erin Rodgers and the cheeseheads think they are a good team. Pathetic.

    “The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end”

    —Maximus Decimus Meridius

  33. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:46 pm
    Hey packer fan what is even more funny is your still going to be one and done in post season. Hilarious

    So you are assuming Cousins will win a playoff game? I guess he has proved that today with a win over a team making offseason plans. According to you the Vikings were super bowl favorites and the Packers would be lucky to win 4 games. I’m not sure which fan base should be more disappointed. Maybe you can help with that

    @@@@@@@@@@@222

    Hey Tennessee, weren’t you Deliverance?

  34. stellarperformance says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm
    Luckiest team in the NFL. The wishing, hoping, and praying by Viking fans can pay off………when that’s all you have.
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    The refs gave you the third game again today. That running into the returner was bogus. He never signalled a fair catch, and the Bears recovered. You got another break and it was AT LEAST a 10 point swing for the packers Again!

    The only way the Packers win is ref calls.

  35. Win the NFCN, great. Be a wildcard, great. Doesn’t matter. The Vikings are a solid team from offense, defense and special teams. Win the last two and the new season starts.

  36. Everyone wants to play Packers in the post season, even moreso than Dallas. No one is scared of the Packers. We are a little afraid of the Refs tho given their track record the past year…

  37. The fear being shown by the majority of the green and yellow fans is quite obvious.

    As their team is floundering week after week, the Vikings just keep improving.

    Rodgers completed less than 50% of his passes, a 6.2 yard per attempt average and a QB rating of 78.

    Meanwhile Cousins, who didn’t have to pass for most of the second half completed more passes for more yards, a much higher yards per attempt average and a QB rating just under 100, despite throwing 8 fewer passes.

    The Vikings, despite Cook being sidelined early in the second half and Mattison being out all game, still rushed for 137 yards because of the efforts of Hamm, Abdullah and Boone.

    The Packers, who had both their #1 and #2 RB playing needed Aaron’s 23 yards to hit 100 yards for the day.

    The green and yellow fans are also showing their realization that without the refs they would not have a winning record.

    How can I tell?

    They come on a Viking story and try to say the Vikings have the refs in their pocket because they forced 7 turnovers in a blowout win over a team the Packers couldn’t beat….

  38. you guys going to win anything this year or just be the vikings? lol. Packers have been in first place EVERY. WEEK. THIS. SEASON. but since you beat a team we lost to, i guess that makes you better. lolol. just stop. remember losing to KC? we say we’re better because we are. the standings say so. but what happened in the head to head? #badmath no super bowl wins. #foreveralone

  39. It’s a big advantage to have the top 3 backs in your division on your team…
    1- Cook
    2- Mattison
    3- Boone

    (Distant) 4-Aaron Jones

  40. Earlier this week, a fan of the green and yellow asked if the Vikings had won outdoors on grass.

    Well, we just scored more points in one game on grass, outdoors in California than the Packers did in the two games against the Chargers and the Niners combined.

    It’s hard to believe the Packers defense allowed the Chargers to score 26 points.

    In those two games, Rodgers didn’t even have 265 yards passing combined.

    He got benched against the Niners.

    Older, slower, injury prone with declining skills.

  41. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    Hope next week Erin walks into another Barr. Would love nothing more than to see that pansie laying on the Bank turf in pain looking up at the lights while hearing the Skol chant.

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    You are disgusting wishing an injury on anyone. Is that the only way you think you can win? Shame on you. At least I don’t think you represent all Vikings fans. All I know is I am glad you are NOT a Packer fan, you are despicable for wishing ill on any player.

  42. greenandgoldgirl says:
    December 15, 2019 at 9:41 pm
    ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    Hope next week Erin walks into another Barr. Would love nothing more than to see that pansie laying on the Bank turf in pain looking up at the lights while hearing the Skol chant.

    ———————————————————————————
    You are disgusting wishing an injury on anyone. Is that the only way you think you can win? Shame on you. At least I don’t think you represent all Vikings fans. All I know is I am glad you are NOT a Packer fan, you are despicable for wishing ill on any player.
    *****
    No, ARod(in his collarbone) does NOT represent all Vikings fans. This Vikings fan wants to beat Green Bay next week and possibly in the playoffs with Rodgers healthy. Full strength for both teams – mano v mano. That way there are no excuses. May the best team win.

  43. Good to see the Vikings take another shot at the Chargers “home” crowd. Did the league really make one of their teams a forever punchline in their quest for more money?

  44. h0metownzero says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:19 pm
    Getting swept by a rookie coach is going to be humiliating.

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    lol. Whatever. The vikings should have won in the first game. That was a nice ‘phantom’ pick penalty on Dalvin Cook, that took a Stefon Diggs TD away. That’s how the Packers win all their big games. Controversial calls. Obviously Vikings fans are going to complain regardless, but some of these calls are so Controversial that even the announcers on TV will comment on them, and news outlets all over the country say how bad the calls are. I’m talking about the Lions game, the Panthers (roughing the passer) game, the Vikings (Phantom pick penalty), The Bears running into the returner penalty. If The Vikings lose it will be the same Pattern. The Vikings might have one more loss, but the Vikings have no embarrassing losses this year (like the 49ers, and Chargers destroying the Packers). Every loss has been by 10 points of less (most within one score).

  45. sdcharger123 says:
    December 16, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Good to see the Vikings take another shot at the Chargers “home” crowd. Did the league really make one of their teams a forever punchline in their quest for more money?///

    Not so much a shot as obvious observation but I agree with you. The NFL should have moved the Spanos ownership out of the NFL rather than move the Chargers out of San Diego.

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