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.

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

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  • Brent

    Viking should pick up Mark Tauscher!!! The right tackle is to clumsy, our tackle are so big they can’t pass protect , they are slow. Tauscher never was a star but at least he can protect QB and pull on run blocking, he is a free agent and I believe he is ready now after his surgery and he is from midwest. He’s not the future but can be asset.

  • http://www.officialprosports.com Official PRO Sports

    Who would of guessed that a QB in Viking land would possibly lead them to a top ten ranked NFL team and 2-0 start…. Oh that right just about every professional sports announcer that knows anything about football. Plain and simple Adrian Peterson is a man child waiting to break even more rushing records, Brett Farve can use his talents without passing 35 times and game, and the Viking are now the real deal an in the hunt for the big gold championship trophy. I know they only played the Browns and the Lions but hey with a weak division and only their last 3 games being tough its beginning to look like the 1999 rams all over again. Go Vikes!