The Vikings loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday ended their streak of 7 consecutive regular season games won, dating back to the 2008 season finale against the Giants. The Vikings now sit at 6-1 as they head for another highly-anticipated matchup with border and division rival Green Bay.
Part of the problem in Sunday’s regular season win streak-ending loss to Pittsburgh was a bunch of penalties – 11 to be exact. Way too many for a team as disciplined and solid as the Vikings. Going into Sunday’s game, the Vikings were the 2nd-least penalized team in the league. One of Sunday’s 11 penalties was called on an unlikely target – G Steve Hutchinson. The 6-time Pro Bowler was flagged for a false start on a goofy-looking play, and that penalty ended a 26-game penalty-less streak that dated back to September of 2007.
But while the regular season win streak and Hutch’s penalty streak were ended on Sunday, the Vikings defense continued their impressive streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher. The Vikings defense has now gone 30 consecutive games with allowing an opposing RB to hit the century mark, the league’s longest active streak and a streak that will be put to the test again next week in Green Bay. Packers RB Ryan Grant is the last RB to rush for 100 yards against the Vikings, and he did it in Lambeau in 2007.
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