Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said there are no moral victories for his team, but following a slow start Sunday in Denver, the Vikings are optimistic about their play moving forward beyond the bye week.
Trailing 13-0 in the first half, and 20-10 in the fourth quarter, the Vikings rallied to tie the game 20-20 before eventually losing 23-20 to the now 4-0 Broncos.
"We still have room to grow. I love the way guys fought being down 10 twice," running back Adrian Peterson said. "Just have to watch the film, correct things we have to correct. If we adjust faster to what's presented to us so we can take advantage of those drives.
"It's a lot to look back on, but I feel like we're OK, we'll be good."
Peterson's 48-yard touchdown run on fourth down early in the final quarter closed the score to 20-17. He credited a lot of success to his offensive line, which played with more physicality in the second half.
"We came out a physical group, we maintained some drives, had good possession of the ball and kind of controlled the game a little bit," offensive guard Brandon Fusco said. "That was us in the second half."
Zimmer said it "could have been ugly to start," but commended his team for making big-time plays down the stretch.
"We've got a lot of fighters on this football team. There's still a lot of football left."
The Vikings host Kansas City on Sunday, October 18 at TCF Bank Stadium.