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Players, Coaches Explain Defensive Turnaround

Keith Newman

The Vikings have been trying to explain how a team that looked so disorganized earlier in the season could be on a four-game winning streak with a defense finally leading the way in Minnesota. The reasons are many; let them count the ways.

The Vikings defense is still ranked 28th in the NFL when it comes to yardage, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a close observer of the Vikings the last few weeks who wouldn't say that defense has made significant strides. Players spent post-game Sunday and Monday explaining how a defense that gave up an average of 178 yards rushing in its first four games could suddenly be yielding only 76 yards...

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