Minnesota Vikings defeat St. Louis Rams, 38-10

When Brad Childress sits down to analyze the voluminous amount of statistics compiled by the NFL each week, the Vikings coach invariably looks first at turnover margin.

"It usually tells a lot of the tale," he said.

It has so far for the Vikings. A number of factors have contributed to the team's 5-0 start, but perhaps few have been as important as the Vikings' ability to force turnovers and take care of the ball on offense.

The Vikings lead the NFL in turnover ma...

ST. LOUIS - The Vikings did not spend much time last week focusing on the fact that, after an emotional victory over Green Bay on Monday, they would be facing the winless Rams on Sunday in the depressed environment of the Edward Jones Dome.

But as coach Brad Childress gathered his players Saturday evening in the team hotel he had a message that also served as a challenge.

"This game was more important than last week's game, and it's more important than next week's ga...