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Initial Reactions: Lions vs. Vikings 9.26.10

September 26, 2010

All is well in Minnesota…for now. The Vikings beat the Lions 24-10 today in Minneapolis.

The Good:

Adrian Peterson. After dropping a wide-open pass in the first quarter, Peterson responded with 23 carries for 160 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-best 80-yard touchdown run. His ball security has also improved. Credit running backs coach Eric Bieniemy for working hard with Peterson this offseason.

The Vikings defense. They started the game by bailing out an inept offense and finished with back-to-back interceptions in the end zone to seal the win. This is Adrian Peterson’s team, but Leslie Frazier’s defensive unit is the unsung hero.

A win. The Vikings badly needed this game. Granted, it was the Detroit Lions, but the Vikings will gladly take the victory.

The Bad:

Penalties. You can beat the Lions with false start, block in the back, and delay of game penalties, but you won’t beat many other teams when you commit 12 penalties for 100 yards.

Phil Loadholt. One of Favre’s interceptions should be credited to the right tackle. He allowed the Lions speedy defensive ends to pressure Favre all day.

Turnovers. The Vikings finished with 3 turnovers, and the Lions capitalized. The Lions scoring drives all came off of Vikings’ turnovers. Against a better team, fumbles and interceptions come back to haunt you.

Overall:

The Vikings found a way to win against a hapless Detroit Lions team. The Vikes took over in the third quarter and even showed a little fight (literally) in their game. With a bye next weekend, the Vikings hope to build on the momentum of a win as they prepare to face the Jets in week 5.

Despite the victory, there weren’t a lot of positive aspects to today’s win. The Vikings’ offense needs to find a rhythm if this team is to have any chance to make the postseason. But a win is a win, and after starting 0-2, the Vikings will take it any way they can get it.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jim Hastings permalink
    September 28, 2010 12:28 pm

    They WILL lose to the Jets. And, Childress was voted worst coach in the NFL by Sports Nation.

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