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By: Candice Wheeler
Head Coach Leslie Frazier gave the media some post-game highlights on Monday following the Vikings’ 30-7 win against the Tennessee Titans.
“Our players played their butts off throughout the game,” Frazier said. “It was just a great effort across the board.”
Frazier thanked the fans for coming out to the Mall of America Field for Sunday’s game. “I can’t say enough about the energy we drew from our fans, it was great to have as many people here to cheer us on as we had.”
He also gave credit to defensive coordinator Alan Williams, the defensive staff, and the players themselves for their continued improvement and smooth execution of the game plan. “I can’t say enough about their effort and their desire to be good. They want to be the best defense in the league.”
Frazier commemorated the coaching staff for preparing the team to play tough, smart football. He said that kind of preparation is something the Vikings want to continue to embody. “We want our team characteristics to show up every time we play. I thought our guys and our coaches did a great job of coming into this game with the right frame of mind.”
The Vikings hope to gain their 5th win on Sunday as they go head-to-head with the Washington Redskins, despite the number of injuries the team is dealing with.
Frazier said Wide Receiver Jerome Simpson was held from practice today but his lower leg weakness has improved since Sunday. Frazier said Simpson is heading in the right direction and there shouldn’t be any long-tem effects. “We look forward to having him back full-speed.” Simpson is expected to play on Sunday.
Running Back Adrian Peterson and Defensive Tackle Kevin Williams were also held from practice today, but are both expected to play at Washington. Peterson’s ankle sprain is healing and Frazier said he should be able to move forward. Williams is currently recovering from a stomach virus. Quarterback Christian Ponder practiced today and has also been confirmed for Sunday.