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.