The Vikings came out at home the way they’ve done all season…flaming hot on offense, and sturdy on defense.
Perhaps in response to last week’s lethargic first half vs. the Bears, the Vikings started the game not handing the ball to Adrian Peterson, and saw themselves quickly getting up by 10 points. Then, with the passing game established, the Vikings started handing it to AD, who led them down the field for another 7.
It was another brilliant half of football for Brett Favre and his receivers, especially Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe. Favre seemed to benefit from a more shotgun-heavy approach, and the pass protection seemed to benefit from the home turf and crowd.
The defense got in on the act too. The pass rush was cranked up, and Chad Greenway forced a turnover by diving for and intercepting a tipped pass. The Giants certainly aided matters by playing without a lick of inspiration or even, at times, interest.
For two quarters, the bad late season feelings went away for the Vikings. Two more solid quarters and an Eagles loss and the Vikes will have themselves a week off.