There were a lot of encouraging and positive aspects to the Vikings huge victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. The win was the Vikings third straight, and there’s no better time of the season to get hot than right now. It was also the Vikings second consecutive road win, and winning on the road is important because if the Vikings qualify for the postseason they’re going to be on the road every step of the way.
Digging deeper, though, perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the Vikings win was how the offensive line was able to be more physical than a very highly-regarded Texans defensive front. Yes, DE J.J. Watt made several impact plays. But when looking at the body of work from Sunday’s game, you can’t help but be enthusiastic about how the offensive line fared.
Here are a few numbers that illustrate the dominance with which the Vikings offensive line played against a tough Texans defense…
– The Vikings registered 11 rushing 1st downs, the most Houston has allowed all season.
– Time of possession was lopsided in favor of the Vikings, as they held the ball for 34:46 compared to 25:14 for Houston.
– Houston hadn’t allowed more than 158 yards rushing in a game all season, and the Vikings ran for 174 yards.
– The Vikings ran the ball 42 times, which is 9 more than any other team has tried running against Houston.
– The Vikings are just one of three teams to score a rushing TD against Houston.
– Houston averaged 3 sacks per game coming into Sunday, and against the Vikings they collected just 1.
– The Vikings were 9 of 18 (50%) on 3rd downs, and that includes a kneel down at the end of the game.
– The Vikings converted 3rd downs of 2, 4 and 3 yards on the ground in the 4th quarter to help close out the victory.
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