What it means: The Vikings are 6-7, having won two straight games at home; their win over the 2-11 Jets was filled with both impressive and rough moments (which is to be expected from a team this young). The Vikings saw a number of players make key contributions at the most important times. Teddy Bridgewater hit a 56-yard touchdown pass to Charles Johnson in the first quarter, and recognized an aggressive Jets blitz in overtime, throwing a screen pass to Jarius Wright that the third-year receiver took 87 yards for a game-winning touchdown behind a block from Greg Jennings. The Vikings don't have much of a playoff chance, but they've got to be encouraged with what some of their young players are doing.
Hodges starts scoring: Linebacker Gerald Hodges, who was filling in for the injured Anthony Barr, put himself in the Vikings' record books on the first defensive play of the game. Hodges stepped in front of a Geno Smith pass intended for Percy Harvin, returning it 27 yards for a touchdown that put the Vikings up 7-0 12 seconds into the game. It matched Harvin's kickoff return on Sept. 30, 2012, against the Lions for the quickest score in Vikings history.
Long day for Patterson: A week after he got just three offensive snaps against the Carolina Panthers, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had what might have been his most frustrating day of the season. He got a handoff in the first half, but didn't play another offensive snap in the game's first two quarters, and fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, setting up a Jets field goal that pulled New York within three. Patterson bobbled his next kickoff, too, and might have a hard time getting many snaps as a receiver in the Vikings' final three games with Johnson emerging as Bridgewater's favorite target.
Game ball: There are a few candidates, but it'll go to Bridgewater, who hit 19 of his 27 passes, threw for 309 yards, continued to look more assertive and recognized the Jets' blitz on the game's final play. His only interception was a Hail Mary at the end of the first half, and he drove the Vikings into position to win the game in regulation before Blair Walsh missed a field goal. In a season where his development is probably the most important thing for the Vikings, he took a step forward Sunday.
What's next: The Vikings (6-7) travel to Detroit for their final NFC North road game of the year, facing the Lions in a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.