Monday, October 1, 2012
2012 MINNESOTA VIKINGS WEEK 4
Where would the Vikings be without special teams in Week 4? Probably on the losing end of a lackluster offensive effort vs. the Detroit Lions. But thankfully the special teams came up big, getting an opening kick return touchdown from Percy Harvin, a 'birthday present' punt return from Marcus Sherels, and two field goals from Blair Walsh. Oh, and don't forget the defense holding Megatron, Matthew Stafford, and the rest of the Lions usually potent attack in check.
While two areas of the Vikings roster held their own on the field, the offense looked absolutely atrocious netting only 15 first downs and converting 25% of their third downs. The protection was not bad for Ponder, who was sacked twice, but for some reason he could never find a rhythm. He passed for a mere 111 yards. Ponder looked unsure of himself and Offensive Coordinator Mike Musgrave lacked confidence in his Quarterback as well, calling a game plan that was constricted at best. I was left in disbelief at some of the Vikings passing attempts/plays.
Adrian Peterson was the lone bright spot on offense, getting his first 100 yard rushing performance of the season gaining 102 yards on 21 carries. While he didn't find the end zone, he was the only threat Sunday punishing Lions defenders with his freak blend of power and agility.
Thankfully the Lions were not firing on all cylinders -- some of that can be attributed to the Vikings defense, because the inability for the offense to move the ball late in the game gave Detroit plenty of chances to steal this one. Either way, 3-1 sounds pretty good about now. Bring on 4-1 after Tennessee next week.