Vikings-Texans Box Score (Yahoo!)
Today was the Vikings' biggest road win since at least the '09 win at Lambeau Field (the '10 win at Philadelphia was terrific, but the Vikes were already out of it). If the Vikings had beaten the Texans so handily in Thunderdome, we might not have been shocked: this team plays well at home, even against good competition (we beat the 49ers this year, after all). But today a competitive, contending, playoff-chasing Viking team went on the road and utterly shut down a 12 win opponent that had something to play for. In fact, they held a team that was averaging 28.1 points per game to 187 total offensive yards and no touchdowns. In fact, they held that team to 1-11 on 3rd down. In fact, the Vikings won consecutive road games by double-digits.
And the Vikings are 9-6! Whatever else happens, the 2012 Vikings will have a winning record, and Leslie Frazier, despite being completely wrong about the quarterback position during his tenure, has earned the right to return to coach this team next year, in my view (let's hope they don't talk themselves into another year of Christian Ponder without an immediately viable backup, though). This is progress. This is competitive, well-played football. This is a prepared football team.
I'll leave it to others to analyze the details and assign individual credit. I'm just walking away with ecstasy. When you are rooting for a sports team, you want to see them able to win games like that: on the road, against a good opponent, in dominant fashion. You hope that the people running your favorite team are building the team to be able to do just the sort of thing that the Vikings did today. The 2012 Vikings will have a winning record, and they have signature victories against 10+ win opponents early in the season and late in the season. I think we're in a good place right now.