Will a blow-out win over a dismal Tennessee Titans team turn around the non-believers? Probably not. But it was a good win for the Vikes nevertheless. They had no problem dealing with Tennessee. Their defense dominated a truly bad Titans offense, and their offense was able to roll up points against Tennessee despite Jerome Simpson not getting involved do to some mysterious foot numbness.
Was it a perfect game for the Vikes? Hardly. Christian Ponder made a couple of bad throws, and was picked off twice by Tennessee. But outside of those couple lapses he played smart and under control again. The big hero of course was Percy Harvin who ran for one touchdown and caught a 10 yard screen pass for another. The 10 yard pass was a thing of beauty as Harvin dodged and weaved through defenders. The Vikes also got the running game going in a big way against the soft middle of the Titans’ D. Adrian Peterson went for 88 and Toby Gerhart added another 41. Kyle Rudolph got on the board with his fourth receiving TD of the year. It was an efficient all-around offensive performance.
The defense once again swarmed. Antoine Winfield had a pick and Chad Greenway nearly had his first INT of the year as well. The only real lowlight was Harrison Smith getting booted from the game for pushing away an official during a scrum immediately after Winfield’s INT. The Vikings’ defense is rounding into one of the best units in the league. They really had little trouble with Tennessee who looked just terrible with Matt Hasselbeck behind center. The Vikings are now 4-1 and looking good in the NFC North with the Packers and Lions both floundering. Bears and Vikings in a dogfight for the division? Had that all the way.
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