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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Vikings defense moves up

The Vikings had a bye last weekend. But the defense moved into the top five in the NFL.
The Vikings can thank the Atlanta Falcons and the Kansas City Chiefs for the distinction.
The Falcons lost 27-14 to the New York Giants, and they gave up 259 rushing yards, including 185 to Tiki Barber. The Falcons defense dropped from six to 12, and the run defense from second to 15th.
After a 45-17 thumping in Pittsburgh, the Chiefs slid from fourth to 11th in total defense.
"Mike has done a great job," Vikings coach Brad Childress said of defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin on Monday. "I think schematically, they have done a great job. (He's) a great motivator, a great teacher, and obviously I think the guys respond to what he has to say.
"Five games, as we know, does not a season make," Childress said. "It's the body of work over the course of 16 (games). He'd be the first to tell you that."


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