The early stages of today’s game looked like more of the same for the Vikings: mistakes, penalties, injures, turnovers…pretty much general suckage.
Thankfully, the Lions, being the Lions, were unable to fully capitalize on the Vikings’ gaffes. Eventually, Brett Favre got in some rhythm, and got the Vikes on the board with a long touchdown pass to Percy Harvin. Adrian Peterson then got in on that act, scoring from 6 yards out to make it 14-7. The Lions got three back after Favre’s second pick of the half, on a play where Cliff Avril beat Phil Loadholt around the edge, stuck his hand out and caused Favre’s throw to pop straight up.
Harvin ended the half with 4 catches for 55 yards and that one TD…and was slow to get up after a kick return, and at one point appeared to be having his vision checked out on the sideline. Normal day for Percy. The big injury was to John Sullivan who hurt his calf on the first play of the game, forcing the Vikes to put Ryan Cook in at center. Amazingly, Cook did a pretty decent job.
Defensively, the Vikes have mostly contained Jahvid Best and Calvin Johnson. The hitting has been very hard, and both Antoine Winfield and Kevin Williams are having outstanding games. I do believe the Lions would be wise to open it up in the second half and let Shaun Hill go to work.