The Minnesota Vikings offense ran through and flew over the Tennessee Titans defense and the Vikings defense dominated the Titans offense on Sunday during their 30-7 win. The Vikings are now 4-1 and have passed their meager victory total for the entire 2011 season (3) only five games into the 2012 season. They share first place in the NFC North division with the Chicago Bears. The Vikings and Bears are two games ahead of third place Green Bay (2-3) which lost to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Detroit Lions (1-3) have a bye this week.
The Vikings gained 433 yards on offense in the game; 175 rushing and 258 passing. Running back Adrian Peterson ran for 88 yards on 17 carries and receiver Percy Harvin caught eight passes for 108 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Vikings, one rushing and one receiving. Quarterback Christian Ponder was 25 for 35 passing for 258 yards today. Ponder threw two touchdown passes (to Harvin and to tight end Kyle Rudolph). Ponder also threw two interceptions but the Vikings defense played so well today that those interceptions did no damage.
Tennessee turned the ball over twice on offense, one fumble, one interception. Titans superstar running back Chris Johnson was held to 24 yards rushing on 15 carries. Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck showed a lot of rust, especially early in the game and was sacked twice by the Vikings defense, which played spectacularly.
The Vikings dominated the Titans at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball most of the game on Sunday. Vikings safety Harrison Smith was ejected from the game during the 2nd quarter when he had a run in with a game official. Smith will no doubt be fined for the transgression and may very well be suspended for next Sunday’s game at Washington too.
The Vikings are a roll, folks. They look like a completely different team than they did the previous two seasons. Christian Ponder is coming into his own as a starting NFL quarterback and as a team leader. Adrian Peterson looks like his old superstar-self after his season ending knee injury in 2011. Percy Harvin may well be the best all-purpose player in the NFL thus far this season. Kyle Rudolph is so big and athletic that he is nearly impossible for opposing defenses to handle. The Vikings offensive and defensive lines look rock solid and the defensive backfield is playing head and shoulders above the way they did in 2011.
The Vikings will travel to Washington D.C. next Sunday to face the Redskins. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 CDT and the game will be carried by FOX.