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Lunch Break 9/22: Vikings History with Chargers

Although the Vikings and the San Diego Chargers haven't squared up in a game since 2011, it's no secret that the two teams have a bit of recent history.

Norv's Impact

Vikings current Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner was the head coach in San Diego for six seasons where he compiled a 56-40 record. Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Tribune recounted Turner's history with the Vikings foe on Sunday.

Dean Spanos sacked Turner after the 2012 season, with the Chargers having fallen short of the playoffs a third straight year. The New Year's Day purge also claimed General Manager A.J. Smith, who hired Turner six years earlier and endorsed the contract extension Turner got days after the 2009 Bolts choked away the playoff game against the Jets.

*If not for Peyton Manning joining the AFC West in the spring of 2012, I think the scenario not crazy that both Smith and Norv would still work at Chargers Park.


Pre-Peyton, you'll recall, Chargers rivals in the Norv Era did a fine imitation of Curly, Moe and Larry.

Back to January 2013.

Turner, saving the Spanoses salary money, would take the coordinator job with the Browns, depart a year later amid the near-annual upheaval in Cleveland and resurface in Minnesota as coordinator and playcaller for the Vikings.

The Chargers will be in the Twin Cities next Sunday to face the men in purple, and one wonders.

Will the Vikings rally around Turner?

He is, after all, the coach who most guides their most important player, Teddy Bridgewater.

Click here to read Krasovic's take on Turner's history as the head coach of the Chargers.

Peterson's Record Breaking Performance

There are not too many Vikings fans who forget the Chargers last visit to Minnesota. Adrian Peterson, a rookie at the time, opened up the eyes of the NFL setting the single game rushing record with 296 yards on the ground. Christopher Gates of the Daily Norseman wrote about Peterson's performance.

*-On the Chargers' last visit to Minnesota. . .well, we all remember what happened the last time the Chargers visited Minnesota. A fresh-faced rookie running back named Adrian Peterson went out and set the NFL's single-game rushing mark, putting up 296 yards in Minnesota's 35-17 win. (And if it hadn't been for a blatant horse-collar tackle by San Diego safety Marlon McCree, Peterson would have put up the NFL's first-ever 300 yard rushing performance and absolutely obliterated the previous mark.) To make it even more amazing, 253 of Peterson's 296 yards came after halftime. . .his second half performance alone would put him in a tie for the ninth-best rushing performance in NFL history.


-Lost in the hoopla of Peterson setting the record in that game was that it also featured what was, at the time, the longest play in NFL history. Ryan Longwell attempted a 57-yard field goal at the end of the first half that came up short and was taken by (then) Chargers' cornerback Antonio Cromartie at the very back of the end zone and returned 109 yards the other way for a touchdown. The play can't be topped, but has been equaled since then, most recently (I believe) by Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson in 2013.

Click here to read Gates' full analysis of the history between the Vikings and the Chargers.

Quick Hitters

Mark Craig of the Star Tribune breaks down Peterson's carries from the shotgun vs. I-formation.

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press writes about cornerback Jabari Price returning to the Vikings roster.

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