Don’t look now Vikings fans, but Minnesota will wake up today in first place tied with the Bears at 4-1.
This after a dominating performance Sunday at home vs an overmatched Tennessee Titans team, led by former Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck.
Percy Harvin continued his stellar start to 2012, catching eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown and also running for a score as the Vikings steamrolled to an easy 30-7 win.
Christian Ponder went 25-for-35 through the air for 258 yards and two touchdowns and Adrian Peterson carried the ball 17 times for 88 yards for the Vikings, who have already surpassed their win total from 2011.
“We’re just trying to have fun and play football,” Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said of his team’s start. “It’s just like the opposite of last year.”
Following a close loss to the Colts, the Vikings have won three in a row, upsetting the Niners for their only loss, beating last sesasons playoff bound Lions on the road, and now topping the Titans at home.
The Vikings D laid the wood all day on Titans RB Chris Johnson, as he put up just 24 yards on 15 carries and fumbled once.
Harvin’s 4-yard touchdown run gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead with 2:31 left in the first quarter. Earlier in the drive, Ponder connected with Harvin for 45 yards down the left sideline to put the ball on the Titan’s 16 and four plays later Harvin took the handoff, broke a tackle, and lunged across the goal line for the score.
A pair of Blair Walsh field goals in the second quarter, one from 42 yards and one from 36 yards out, gave Minnesota a 13-0 advantage, and at that point with the way the D was playing vs Hasselbeck and Tennessee, it may as well have been 50-0.
Ponder found Harvin on 3rd-and-5 for a 10-yard pass to put the Vikings up 20-0. Harvin caught the ball in the right flat and made a series of Titans’ defenders miss before waltzing into the end zone with five seconds left in the third.
Tennessee did get a late score to stop the dreams of a shutout, but even with that, the Vikings walked off the field with a 4-1 mark, well above where many felt they would be five weeks into 2012.
Next weeks it’s another interesting test, as the Vikings will travel to play the Redskins in DC.