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Notebook: Defense finds stride, variety

The Vikings defense may have played its best game of the season when needed most, and coordinator Alan Williams showed a variety of looks.

Christian Ponder was efficient. Adrian Peterson has been generally running roughshod over opposing defenses. But it is the Vikings' own defense that has been largely unheralded of late. It made an impressive statement Sunday in Minnesota's 23-6 win at Houston. The six points allowed by the Vikings defense was the lowest total in more than five years – since the first game of Peterson's career...

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