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Ghosts of yips past squelched by Vikings K Forbath

(TSX / STATS) -- MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings fans still hold their breath a little bit when their team lines up for a field goal. It's been that way since Jan. 10, 2016. That was the bitterly cold day when the team's season ended in a 10-9 home playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Blair Walsh, then Minnesota's kicker, missed a chip-shot 27-yard field-goal attempt with 26 seconds to play that almost certainly would have given head coach Mike Zimmer his first playoff win. Since then, fans in purple cringe just a little every time the Vikings line up in hopes of splitting the uprights.

On Sunday, new kicker Kai Forbath did what he could to ease that trauma -- six times. Signed as a free agent last season after Walsh had a tough start and was cut, Forbath set a career high with his half-dozen field goals, hitting from 52, 51, 43, 43, 34 and 32 yards in Minnesota's 24-16 win over the Ravens.

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NFC North Division
TeamWLTPct
Minnesota 520.714
Green Bay 430.571
Detroit 330.500
Chicago 340.429
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: C. Keenum1134
Pass TDs: C. Keenum5
Rush Yds: D. Cook354
Rush TDs: D. Cook2
Rec Yds: A. Thielen488
Rec TDs: S. Diggs4
Int: H. Smith3
Sacks: E. Griffen7.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 2136 (6)
Passing Yards: 1516 (11)
Rushing Yards: 703 (8)
Points per game: 20.3 (19)
Yards per game: 356.0 (10)
Touchdowns: 13 (13)
Field Goals: 11 (10)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 1773 (11)
Passing Yards: 1412 (19)
Rushing Yards: 472 (6)
Points per game: 17.2 (5)
Yards per game: 295.5 (5)
Touchdowns: 9 (7)
Field Goals: 12 (28)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
10/9 S. Ridley cut
10/5 S. Ridley signed
10/5 D. Cook on IR torn left ACL
10/2 M. Floyd suspension lifted
9/20 J. Tocho pract. squad add
9/16 A. Exum Jr. cut
9/16 K. Sloter active/prac. squad
9/13 A. Williams pract. squad add
9/12 B. Hodges cut
9/12 B. Hodges off IR concussion
Injuries
Date Player Status
10/22 S. Bradford knee (Out)
10/22 S. Diggs groin (Out)
10/22 N. Easton calf (Out)
10/22 M. Floyd hamstring (Questionable)
10/22 M. Alexander hip (Questionable)
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