Second Half Team: Vikes Throttle Lions 27-13

A pattern appears to be emerging for the Vikings this year:  They play like crap in the first half, then emerge from the halftime break and dominate the game.

So it was Sunday afternoon at Ford Field against the Lions.  After a listless first half characterized by penalties, unusually soft run D and a big AD turnover, the Vikes shook off their malaise, outscoring Detroit 20-3 in the second half.

Adrian Peterson didn’t blow up the same way he did against the Browns, but did put together a nice second half, scoring a 27-yard TD halfway through the 3rd to give the Vikes a lead they would not relinquish.

Brett Favre was efficient again, finishing the game 23/27 with 2 TDs, the second coming to his new favorite red zone target Percy Harvin.

The Lions ran the ball with more effectiveness than one might’ve anticipated, but unfortunately, were unable to find a passing game to complement what they did on the ground.  Matthew Stafford ended up with two picks, both to Chad Greenway, and even when he did manage to make a big play downfield, hitting Calvin Johnson for 43 yards in the 4th, it was called back on a penalty.

The Lions were game, but, as usual, ended up as their own worst enemies.  The Vikings, meanwhile, demonstrated that they have found a winning formula:  A pounding run game, an accurate pass game and a defense that minimizes big plays.  They are now 2-0 without having played a home game.

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Tags: Adrian Peterson Calvin Johnson Chad Greenway Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford Minnesota Vikings Percy Harvin

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