Initial Reaction

They did it again. The first part of game looked terrible. The second part was fantastic football. In the end the Vikings did what they were supposed to and toppled the Lions by a score of 27 to 13.

The game had a curiously similar chain of events as opening weekend in Cleveland. The opposing defense seemed fired up and overwhelmed the offensive line. Points off of a turnover put the Vikings down early and they were losing at halftime. Then the run game wore down the defense, Favre was efficient, and they won pretty handily.

Favre threw two passes that could’ve been picked but weren’t during his quiet but impressive day. He ended at 23 of 27 for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. Favre has yet to commit a turnover as a Viking.

Adrian Peterson got off to a slow start which included a fumble on the handoff which was recovered by the Lions. Larry Foote also kept him bottled up for a good amount of the first half. Per usual, however, Peterson eventually wore down the defense and broke a few runs and cracked a few helmets which sparked the offense.

Percy Harvin had another solid outing, getting a touchdown in each of his first games in the NFL. He ended with 5 catches for 41 yards and a score, plus 14 rushing yards on 2 carries. Bernard Berrian led the team with 6 receptions and 46 yards.

The defense also started a little slow, particularly when Chad Greenway missed a couple of key tackles that allowed big plays from Kevin Smith. Greenway redeemed himself big time, however, by picking off Matt Stafford twice and recovering a fumble. He also recovered an onside kick to top off his stellar day.

Ray Edwards registered a sack while he and E.J. Henderson tied for the most tackles with 7. Jared Allen also had a sack, and both he and Ben Leber had forced fumbles. The secondary also showed a lot of promise with their hard hitting ways, being led by Madieu Williams and Antoine Winfield.

Also, anyone who was watching this game understands Heath Farwells importance. On three occasions, the Lions looked to be on the verge of going the distance on returns but Heath Farwell stopped them in their tracks. The guy is so valuable.

The Vikes had 5 penalties for 43 yards. More worrisome however, is they did a terrible job of converting third downs. They ended up 3 of 11 third downs which is an awful 27%. Against a good team, that number will be disastrous.

The Lions fall to 0-2. The Packers lost to the Bengals so they are now 1-1. The Bears are in the middle of a close game with the Steelers as of this posting. But regardless of what the Bears do, you can take pride in knowing that for the time being the Vikings are winning the NFC North by a game.

Thanks to everyone that attended the live blog, I thought it was a pretty fun addition, and I’ll try and do that as often as possible.

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2 Responses to “Initial Reaction”

  1. Well.. the game meant a few things to me; however first I would like to say I am very excited to have found this website!

    My initial reaction is that we started off slow, but that’s just fine; I think it was good for our defense to hold them to 10 points while we woke up on offense. One thing is for sure, Chad Greenway is definitely receiving payment for his hard work this offseason. Since rebounding from his rookie ACL injury, Greenway has been the constant presence at WLB ( now SLB) that we have needed for quite some time. In my opinion, this is the first of many solid performances for the youngster from Iowa. Also, Cedric Griffin is playing shutdown football. It cracks me up how low he and Winfield are rated on video games such as “Madden 10”. I think my favorite part of the game was Kevin Williams penalty early on, we need that type of attitude.

    Offensively, we need a faster start, but the 1st half struggles we are experiencing should be expected with Brett Favre coming to camp so late as well as Berrian just now getting some work in with the future Hall of Famer.

    We closed out the game well, I would have liked to see some more of Shiancoe, as he is my pick for the NFC spot at TE in the probowl. Hopefully next week we bring our “A game” early on against the run ready 49ers are we continue on our mission for a superbowl next Sunday at the Metrodome.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Joseph,

      I am also glad you found this website! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I like your comment and agree with everything. Our “A Game” is going to be the main topic of my preview for next week, so make sure to check back often.

      Adam

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