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Frazier Credits Mall Of America Field Crowd Following Sunday’s Win

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 25, 2012 – 6:40 am

Leslie Frazier is an old-school football guy. He played on one of the best defenses in NFL history – the Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears in 1985 – and that experience has influenced the way he wants to build and coach the Vikings. Frazier wants the Vikings to be a physical team that runs the ball well and defends the run with abandon.

And, as most quality football teams do, he wants his team to play well at home.

The Vikings did that this past weekend, holding serve at home and upending the San Francisco 49ers by a convincing 24-13 margin.

“We talk all the time with our players about defending Mall of America Field,” Frazier said after Sunday’s game. “This has to be a place where it’s tough for anybody to come in here and think that they can get a win. Our fans helped up tremendously [Sunday]. There were moments where they affected the 49ers offense, and I’ve witnessed that plenty of times in my years here, where our fans really make it difficult for opposing teams to come here and be successful.”

The Vikings do have had a significant home-field advantage since moving into Mall of America Field in 1982.The team now has a combined record of 159-88-0 (.643) all-time at Mall of America Field, which includes a 6-4 mark in postseason games. The Vikings have gone undefeated 3 times at Mall of America Field (1989, 1998, 2009), with Frazier on the Vikings staff as defensive coordinator during the undefeated (at home) 2009 season.

Key to the Vikings defending their home turn Sunday was a quick start that energized the crowd and kept them going through the final minutes of the game. The Vikings drove 82 yards in 16 plays and took 7 minutes off the clock on the opening drive to take an early 7-0 lead. That set the stage for Vikings fans to make the operation difficult for San Francisco the rest of the game.

“We wanted to get off to a good start to keep our fans engaged and our guys did that,” Frazier said. “I think we had a 16 play drive early in the game to get it going, our defense got off the field I think in six plays. From that point on, our fans were engaged and that was huge for us. Just a big win for us in a lot of ways.”

Now, the Vikings turn their attention to another big game – the one they have this upcoming Sunday against the Detroit Lions. This time, they’ll be the visitors facing a hostile environment. The design, Frazier says, is for his team to use last Sunday’s win to springboard them into next Sunday’s NFC North showdown with the Lions.

“To come home and defend our home turf the way we did at Mall of America Field, that’s a big deal,” Frazier said. “We have to somehow capitalize on this as a team and use it throughout this next week as we prepare for our next opponent. It’s a big win. It’s hard to win in the NFL, and it’s hard to win against a team who is as talented as they are.”


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17 Responses to “Frazier Credits Mall Of America Field Crowd Following Sunday’s Win”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    First !!!…

    Can you hear me NOW !!!… ; )

  2. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Crowd sure did have plenty to be excited about !!!…

    Still just enjoying the 49er victory here…

    I will worry about the Lion’s in a few days…

    And…”How about those Packers” ????…

  3. By vikingfanforlife on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers Stink, like bad cheese..

  4. By PurplHaze on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    The crowd didn’t win the game, Frazier … THE TEAM DID! THEY PLAYED LIKE WINNERS, AND THEY CAME OUT ON TOP! The Vikings were well prepared for Sunday’s game, and it showed in all 4 quarters! WELL DONE!!!

  5. By odark30 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    @OTKalil—————–
    I was falling asleep and peering at my laptop once in a while to keep up with the score for the GB game. I thought it was over then I open my eyes and saw that last Seattle drive with 4 hail mary attempts and sticking the last one for 6. Nice. Any GB loss is a good thing. 1-2 and falling in the power rankings. How long till we pass them this season?

  6. By odark30 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Funny the GB flamers dont show up after a loss…………

  7. By VikingFanatic209 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Cant remember the last time we won 2 in a row? hope to see it this Sunday against Detroit….The win against the Niners was huge but getting 1 this week in a divisional game will be even bigger for our team and their confidence moving forward especially since we were 0-6 last year….But this is definately a different team and Frazier has got them playing good football and if nothing else we are earning our RESPECT but lets not stop there!!!!………Skol Vikes!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    @odark30…

    The Lions game will be huge for the Vikings this week for the power rankings…

    Vikings are gaining respect…But a win against the Lions will go a long way to move the Vikings up in the power rankings…

    This will be a very physical game from the Lions…

    If the Vikings win on the road against the Lions…That would even have the Vikings maybe being looked at as a possible play off contender ???…Or having a chance to win the division…

    But that hasn’t happened yet…But even if Stafford plays…Will he be 100% ???…LeShoure brings an interesting offensive weapon back for the Lions also…

    Should be a GREAT “black and blue” NFC north game !!!…

    Go Vikings !!!

  9. By Parkway on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    And we can all cheer for the saints to get their first win next week getting GB to 1-3 to share with the Lions while we are atop at 3-1

  10. By RobSkolVikings on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    As much as I hate the Saints, ever since the 2009 Championship game (which I still cannot talk about without getting sick) I must agree. I hope they destroy the Packers. Speaking of that ’09 Championship, the officiating in that game was worse than yesterdays Seahawks-Packers game by far-!!!!!! And those were the real officials-!!!!!!!!!!!! So I don’t want to hear Packer fans complain. I will never forget what those officials did to us in that game. It wasn’t the saints bounty that did us in, it was those pieces of sh– that allowd it to go on. SKOL VIKINGS-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. By RichardA1 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    What ever the Bears & Frazier did to overcome and play with the loudness of meowing cats I sure hope he installs it in the Vikes!

  12. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Power ranking Brian Billick…Vikings moving up the board….

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/powerRankings

  13. By VikesShield on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    lions arnt that good like last year. matt stafford is injured which is a good thing i think vikings will win pretty easy game. the bears arnt that good this season either. the division this year is pretty..calm i guess or not that hard like years before

  14. By viking181164 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    how can you guys talk 3 games in..wait till the midway point before making your opinions…

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