What it means: Interim head coach Leslie Frazier got the first victory of his tenure. (Coincidentally, FedEx Field is where former coach Brad Childress also earned his first win, in Week 1 of the 2006 season.) Although the game wasn't pretty from any vantage point, Frazier deserves credit for navigating the team through a tumultuous week and engendering a better effort from a team that clearly quit on Childress. The Vikings improved to 4-7 while snapping a nine-game losing streak on the road, including the playoffs.
Injury report: Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson didn't return after injuring his right ankle in the second quarter. He will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity but tweeted this Sunday night: "My ankle is doing ok! I'll know more tomorrow! After I get a full evaluation!" It seemed clear that Frazier wanted to steer the Vikings' offense more toward the running game. Even with Peterson on the sideline, the Vikings had 25 running plays against 12 passes in the second half of a competitive game. Rookie Toby Gerhart carried 22 times for 76 yards and bulled ahead for his first-ever NFL touchdown in the third quarter.
Favre runs: Quarterback Brett Favre didn't make much impact in either direction as he fought a nasty illness. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it was Favre's first zero-touchdown pass, zero-interception game since 2006. Favre, however, did convert a third-and-8 play late in the fourth quarter by rumbling, bumbling and stumbling for a 10-yard run that clinched the game for the Vikings.
What's next: The Vikings will host the Buffalo Bills next Sunday at the Metrodome.