A kick-off and punt return were the story of the game as the Vikings improved to 3-1 and now sit atop the NFC North.
In breaking a 0-11 streak against NFC North foes, the Vikings special teams looked stellar against a struggling Lions team. A huge running game by Adrian Peterson, who ended the day with a season high 102 yards, accompanied by Percy Harvin’s 105-yard kick-off return and Marcus Sherels’ 77-yard punt return helped the Vikings to a 20-13 win over the Lions.
The defense proved tough once again, holding the Lions to just 13 points and sacking QB Matt Stafford five times. Everson Griffen and Letroy Guion each tallied two sacks a piece and Jared Allen added in the fifth.
Jerome Simpson was a welcome sight and Christian Ponder’s number one wide receiving target with 4 catches for 50 yards. Although his numbers were small, Simpson did draw two pass inference calls totaling 57 yards that helped put the Vikings in position to win. Ponder went 16-26 and was held to just 111 yards and no touchdowns, but still has yet to notch an interception.
The Vikings will ride this two-game winning streak into next Sunday where they look to take on the Tennessee Titans at home.