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Notebook: Contributions from unlikely sources

Jerome Simpson (Leon Halip/Getty)

It didn't seem like it, but the Vikings' passing game accounted for half of their first downs, thanks to some unlikely sources. Seldom-used receivers were a big part of the success Sunday. Plus, the Vikings applied pressure in different ways, Blair Walsh had an all-around big day and several interesting stats on Adrian Peterson and others.

The Vikings' biggest star, Adrian Peterson, was on his game once again with a 212-yard rushing performance in the Vikings' 36-22 win at St. Louis. But the Vikings also got more contributions from several background players that have been hard to spot this season. WR Jerome Simpson was targeted six times, the second-most for him this season, and had four receptions, tying his season best. He now...

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