Lions vs. Vikings: Quick Hits
The Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions were playing for the title of worst team in the NFC North.
Was there ever really any doubt? Not after the Vikings rolled to a 24-10 victory on Sunday in Minneapolis.
Here's some thoughts on the game:
• The story of the game was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had the longest run of his NFL career, an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Everyone knows he's fast, but Peterson's straight-line speed might actually be a little underrated. When he breaks into the open field he can take off like few players in the league. Peterson finished with 160 yards on 23 carries. It was the second straight week that Peterson went over 140 yards.
• While Peterson was great, Lions running back Jahvid Best was never able to get anything going. The Vikings did a great job of keeping the talented Best in check, limiting him to just 23 yards on seven carries.
• Although it eventually got moving, the Vikings' offense came out looking disorganized and out of sync, with mistakes and drive-killing penalties abundant. Minnesota looked like it lacked a coherent game plan in the early going.
• The day's first "fat guy with the ball in his hands" alert came when Brett Favre threw a screen pass right into the hands of Lions' defensive lineman Corey Williams, who had nothing obstructing his path to the end zone but got caught from behind. Always fun to see a 300-plus pounder thinking he has a chance of scoring, even if he doesn't.
• Williams' interception set up the first score of the game, with Lions tight end Tony Scheffler catching a Shaun Hill pass in the end zone. Scheffler, acquired this offseason in a trade with the Broncos, has the ability to have a major impact in the Lions' passing game as a threat over the middle.
• Lions return man Stefan Logan needs to learn to keep his eyes on the ball. He muffed a first quarter punt when he looked down to see if the Vikings' coverage was getting close. If you're a punt returner, you can't look down when the ball is coming.
• Logan's muffed punt was incredibly costly for the Lions. On the next play, Favre hit Percy Harvin in the end zone for a touchdown.
• Lions defensive end Cliff Avril deserves the credit for Alphonso Smith's second-quarter interception. Avril hit Favre's arm just as he was throwing, creating a fly ball of a pass that Smith had no trouble running under and grabbing.
• Lions coach Jim Schwartz was steamed at the officials after what appeared to be a Favre fumble was ruled an incomplete forward pass. Schwartz has been steamed at the officials quite a bit during his brief tenure as Lions' coach.
• Fights nearly broke out on two different occasions late in the third quarter. Tempers flared, and it was surprising there were no ejections. Several players on both teams should expect to get fined.
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