Rookie Jarius Wright breaks out from the inactive list with a big game in replace of Percy Harvin
YAY! A Vikings win! YAY!
The Minnesota Vikings well head into their much needed bye week 6-4 after a HUGE 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions.
HOW THE GAME WAS ONE
Christian Ponder shushed doubters today with an effective game at quarterback. He finished 24-of-32 for 221 yards, two touchdowns, ZERO (!!!) turnovers, one sack and a QBR of 114.2. Pretttty good game for a guy people have been saying he should be benched for back-up Joe Webb.
The Vikings set the turn early with a 54 yard completion to rookie Jarius Wright during their first drive. That completion for Wright, who was filling in for injured Percy Harvin, was his first career catch after being inactive for the first nine weeks of the season. Ponder and co. finished the drive with a three-yard TD pass to Wright, in which the Vikings never looked back and led the rest of the way.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Even with big games from Christian Ponder and rookie Jarius Wright, the game ball goes to RB Adrian Peterson, who finished with 171 yards on 27 rushes (which were both season-highs) and one touchdown.
Peterson also surpassed 1,000 yards rushing during their game, which was the fifth time in his six year career he has done so. Only year without 1,000 yards rushing was last season after he missed numerous games with an injury.
It truly says a lot about Adrian Peterson, his work ethic, and his recovery from his gruesome knee injury that it only took him 10 games to reach 1,000 yards in a season where expectations were “lowered” for the back.
PLAY OF THE GAME
The play of the game comes from the player of the game on Adrian Peterson’s 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which effectively sealed a Vikings victory.
The 61-yard TD run came on an important Vikings offensive drive after the Lions had just put up seven points.
VIKINGS SHOW UP OFFENSIVELY
So much has been said the past few weeks of the Vikings lack-off effective offense, but today they showed they can truly compete with anyone when they are “on.”
Christian Ponder hit 10 different receivers, including himself, today. (Although the pass to himself went for -15 yards, it’s still pretty cool, kinda.).
“We had a ton of guys, 10 receivers including myself, that stepped up and made plays,” Ponder said post game.
Kyle Rudolph, who has been quite for the past few weeks, showed up today when the Vikings needed someone to ease the loss of number one receiver Percy Harvin. Rudolph finished the day with seven catches for 64 yards.
A lot has been said about the Vikings lack of down field throws, but today Ponder hit six different receivers for passes of 10+ yards.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN
The Vikings will head into their bye week 6-4, which seems a lot better than heading into 5-5. Following their week off, the Vikings will continue division play with away games at Chicago and at Green Bay. Let’s just say, the brutal part of their schedule is upon us, so let’s enjoy the good for one week!