Peterson Pushes Vikings to 6-4 with 34-24 Win Over Lions

Adrian Peterson and the Vikings are not quite ready to give up on 2012 yet, as Sunday he carried the team to a huge 34-24 win over the Detroit Lions to improve to 6-4.

Peterson raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. He wound up the day with 171 yards on 27 carries for the Vikings.

”I still can get stronger. I’m still not there, man. I’m pressing to get there,” Peterson said. ”I’m going to come back stronger and better after the bye.”

Peterson went off for 120 yards in the final quarter, and his TD run was his third straight game with a 60-yard gain or longer.

QB Christian Ponder came back after three awful weeks with 221 yards and two touchdowns on 24-for-32 passing for the Vikings.

”You could tell he was more confident, got into a rhythm,” Peterson said. ”He was just playing ball. Playing loose. That’s what we need from him.”

Rookie Jarius Wright filled in for injured standout Percy Harvin and scored in his first NFL game. Tight end Kyle Rudolph had a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, too. Ponder passed for almost as many yards in the first quarter of this game (57) as he did last week at Seattle.

”Just going out and playing without worrying about the consequences of your throws,” Ponder said. ”Go out and let it rip, that’s what I did.”

But with the Vikings, it always comes back to Peterson. He has 353 yards in the last two games and 1,128 yards already this season.

”He hasn’t lost a step at all from that knee surgery. He might even be better,” left tackle Matt Kalil said.

It was a much needed win, and one that the Vikings hope will push them ahead to plenty more.

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One Response to “Peterson Pushes Vikings to 6-4 with 34-24 Win Over Lions”

  1. purplereign57 says:

    Like I said a few days ago, I’m happy to eat some crow. I am very glad to see that Ponder can play after all. This opened up the run game, and we all know that Adrian Peterson is super human. Also very happy to see Jarius Wright in the mix as well. I’d like to see him thrown to more…that is if they let him play more. They did look okay this past Sunday at home. I still say that the defense needs some shoring up…they give up too many yards and don’t stop the opposition often enough on third downs. I also think that they would be a MUCH better team if the secondary could create some turnovers like the Bears secondary does. I know they’re young, but in the NFL, you gotta mature fast if you want results. As for Sunday in two weeks, when the Vikings have to travel to Soldier Field, I just don’t see them having enough juice to beat the Bears. I’ll say it again…I’d be happy to eat some crow. The Bears offense isn’t what you would call high powered, and if the Viking defense has it in ‘em to stop Brandon Marshall and company, they might (MIGHT) sneak out of Chicago with a win. All I can say is that the Vikings NEED to bring their A-GAME. Nothing less will do.

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