Despite what many around the nation may be thinking, it is not really a shock that the Lions are ahead of the Vikings at the half.
As has been pointed out many (many many many) times over the last week, the Lions played the Vikes tough in two games last season, and actually could’ve won both.
The frustrating thing, from the Vikings’ perspective, isn’t that they’re behind, it’s how they came to fall behind. An Adrian Peterson fumble. An unusually porous run defense. Dumb penalties at bad times. An overall lack of offensive effectiveness.
The result was a 10-0 Lions lead. Thankfully, AD and Brett Favre woke up in the Vikes’ last offensive series and scored a touchdown, cutting the deficit to a more-reasonable 3.
The Vikings have, by and large, looked pretty tight. The Lions on the other hand have played loose, and have been quite creative in their playcalling. Kevin Smith and Calvin Johnson are genuine weapons.
Unfortunately for Detroit, though Matthew Stafford threw his first career touchdown pass, the rookie quarterback has mostly looked like just that…a rookie. He missed an easy TD pass to Calvin Johnson, then threw a pick to Chad Greenway. If not for Stafford’s gaffes, the Lions might’ve been up by more.
We’ll see what the Vikings bring for the second half. Last week, after a listless first two quarters, they woke up, and blew the Browns out of the building. Something tells me the Lions will not go so quietly.