Vikings win one for the new guy

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:52 PM ET

Less than a week after they got their old coach fired, the Minnesota Vikings stepped up delivered a 17-13 win for their new boss.

Under new coach Leslie Frazier, the Vikings went to Washington Sunday and came away with their first road victory in more than a year.

As if Brett Favre isn’t beaten up enough, with a fractured ankle and heel and constant pian in his throwing shoulder, he revealed before the game that he has a case of pneumonia. But he was healthy enough at the end of the game to walk over to Frazier and hand him the game ball.

Frazier went back to basics with his first game plan: run the ball, stop the run.

Rookie Toby Gerhart carried 22 times for 76 yards and vetran Adrian Peterson carried six times for 36 yards while the Vikes held Washington to 29 rushing yards, total.

“We ran the ball a lot more, and that’s what the Minnesota Vikings are about — running the ball and stopping the run,” receiver Ray Rice said. “We went back to basics.”

Former coach Ray Childress was fired last Monday, a day after the Vikings were embarrassed 31-3 at home by the Packers.

Despite his health issues, Favre sealed the victory by running 10 yards for a first down just before the two-minute warning.

“It was 10 yards? Really?” said 41-year-old Favre. “It seemed like 50.”

“He looked younger,” said Peterson. “He looked like he was 38 on that play.”


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