Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions: Week 2 game review

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Sep 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) catches a pass against the Detroit Lions for 49 yards in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

  1.  Getting Adrian Peterson involved again.  I loved seeing the Minnesota Vikings coming out and giving the Lions a heavy dose of the former NFL MVP.  This team must play to their strengths, and running the ball is essential. (29 carries, 132 rushing yards and 2 catches, 58 yards)
  2. Stout Run defense.   After being gashed by Carlos Hyde and the 49ers, Minnesota was going up against another young runner with a ton of potential.  However, Ameer Abdullah was unable to get going and the Vikings stuffed Detroit.  (16 rushes for 39 yards)
  3. Sniffing out screens.  The Vikings used to get torn up on screens to Reggie Bush in the past.  That was not the case in this game.  Each time a screen was attempted, a Minnesota player identified the play and stopped it immediately.  This must have been a point of emphasis in practice.
  4. Teddy Bridgewater doing his thing.  Whether he’s throwing touchdowns or running them in, he’s putting points on the board.  After a game where some of the fan base was already prepared to throw in the towel on the young quarterback, he rebounded with a great game against a team that he struggled with in the past.  (14/18 passing, 153 passing yards, 1 pass TD, 120.6 QBR and 6 carries for 21 yards and a rushing TD)
  5. Solid punting by Zach Line.  The Minnesota Vikings punter gets a lot of criticism, but he had a great game today.  He had long, high punts that typically ended up in the 20 with little or no return.  (3 punts, 45 yards per punt, 2 punts inside the 20 yard line)
  6. Alan Page blowing the Gjallarhorn.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of Alan Page.  I was psyched to see him to be the one chosen for the honor of sounding the big horn for the start of the game.  While it may not have had any real impact on the game, it’s always nice to see a Vikings legend.

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