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Vikings Thump Rams, 34-6

The Vikings revamped defense surprised many including Jeff Fisher and the Rams in a 34-6 rout of St. Louis Sunday afternoon. Matt Cassel threw 2 touchdowns, Cordarrelle Patterson ran for over 100 yards and Harrison Smith had a pick six to power Minnesota to a Week 1 victory and the division lead.

New head coach Mike Zimmer earned his first career victory as a head coach as well as the game ball from owner Zygi Wilf. Zimmer was also the victim of a ice bath reportedly delivered by wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings. “I’ll have to catch them.” Zimmer said regarding the two dousers. “I’m sure it will be on tape somewhere. I’ll catch them.”

The Vikings jumped out to an early lead on their first drive with a 52-yard Blair Walsh field goal. They tacked on three more early in the second quarter on a 46-yarder from Walsh that was set up by a rare miss from Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein.

Then, with 1:09 remaining in the half, Josh Robinson made a spectacular interception on a long pass from Rams quarterback Shaun Hill. Robinson made a great effort by keeping both feet in bounds while lunging over the sideline to make the catch. The pick, Robinson’s first since 2012, set up a touchdown from Cassel to Jennings with 26 seconds left to make it 13-0.

Shaun Hill was replaced in the second half by second-year QB Austin Davis. Hill left with a thigh injury. It was unclear when or how the injury was sustained.

Davis led St. Louis down the field on the Rams’ first drive in the second half, capped by a Zuerlein 56-yarder that made it 13-3.

Cordarrelle Patterson responded in a big way at the end of the third quarter with a shifty 67-yard touchdown run from out of the backfield. Patterson evaded six tackles on his way to giving the Vikings a 20-3 lead. The play was one of several handoffs called by offensive coordinator Norv Turner designed to get the ball to Patterson in open space.

After the teams traded three-and-outs to start the fourth quarter, the Vikings sealed their victory with a 9-play, 70-yard drive ending in a 7-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph. The touchdown was made possible by a running-into-the-kicker penalty against St. Louis on fourth down.

Austin Davis and St. Louis put together a nice drive against the Vikings’ prevent defense, only to be intercepted by Harrison Smith at the Vikings’ 19. Smith returned it 81 yards for a 34-3 Vikings lead. The pick six was Smith’s third in his career.

St. Louis drove down and kicked a 46-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining.

Adrian Peterson had a relatively quiet day against St. Louis’ formidable front four. He ran 21 times for 75 yards, and was overshadowed by the second-year receiver Patterson, who broke a Vikings record for the longest run by a wide receiver. He is also the only receiver in Vikings history to rush for 100 yards.

Minnesota didn’t escape without their fair share of injuries. Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes were each shaken up. Floyd, who suffered a shoulder injury, said he expects to play next week at home against New England. Rhodes had a groin injury, which Mike Zimmer was told isn’t serious. Rhodes returned to the game just a few series’ after being taken out.


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4 Responses to “Vikings Thump Rams, 34-6”

  1. Jerzey says:

    Was really surprised with today’s game. I was looking forward to seeing Bridgewater at the helms… after this game… I’m more comfortable with him sitting a year behind Cassel. He did an excellent job of managing the game and made plays when they needed to be made. I think Zimmerman did a good job setting up the pass using Peterson. Something the Vikings have struggled with in years past. As Seatlle proved… defense wins championships. If our defense can play like they did today and the offense limits turnovers and effectively pushes the ball… I think we may have a great team on our hands this year.

  2. eddietorres says:

    Well as usual I am all in with the Vikings….I always hold hope that they will take the Super bowl….but then I take my head out of the clouds and try to figure out just how good the Vikings are….can they win 10 or more games in regular season…can they win their division and can they make it to… and win the NFC championship.
    All that can rip your head apart trying to figure it out. The Vikings looked a whole lot better than they have for a good many years….yes they have some different players on board which helps….but a head coach and new offensive coordinator I think is just what they have been lacking.
    Mike Zimmer has this team looking and acting like a team that really wants to win….they don’t seem to have that “well were expected to finish last in our conference so that’s what we’re about”. They finally showed some enthusiasm out on the field unlike when coach Frasier was so called “leading the team”.
    The defense has much more to develop to get to where other teams will start to respect the Vikings….but they made a legitimate start in St. Louis.
    The offense also looked stronger than I have seen the in the last few years. Are they “together” like the Vikings when Randal Cunningham was the QB? No not by a long shot…but they also seemed to finally have started to get into a rhythm….and Vikings football is fun to watch again…This season with its new players and returners…with a new coach staff and new football philosophy…are taking the first steps.

  3. aaron rogers says:

    When you bring your all-gay team to green bay this year, I am gonna really spank your butts and I don’t mean in a fondling sort-of way.

  4. eddietorres says:

    The mud rat will only drown if he hasn’t the wits to keep his mouth shut….

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