MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Sunday was a complete 180 from the Monday Night Football meltdown. The Vikings learned to run the ball and how to stop the ball and played a complete game for a much-needed victory over Detroit, and it was an old recipe that got the Vikings going: Give the ball to Adrian Peterson. He had only 13 touches against the 49ers last week, and on Sunday, flip the numbers for 31 touches.
From the opening drive, it was clear Peterson was back in the playbook as he carried the ball seven times on the first series including a vintage AP run where he cut it to the outside and picks up 25 yards. The Vikings capped the 11-play, 75 yard drive with a bullet from Teddy Bridgewater to Kyle Rudolph in the back of the end zone to make it 7-0.
The Vikings’ drive carries over to the second quarter, and on fourth and one, Teddy fakes the handoff and takes it himself, rolling out and strolling into the end zone putting the Vikings up 14-0.
AP tried several times to get his first touchdown of the season, but he fumbled at the goal like, but a penalty on Detroit nullified the turnover, so the next time, the Vikings fake the pitch to AP, and instead, Zach Line takes it in for his first career touchdown and Vikings go up 23-10.
The Vikings defense harassed Matt Stafford for much of the afternoon and picked him off twice, and ultimately earned their first win of the season 26 to 16.
Victorious Teddy pic.twitter.com/jTyR2Jceal— Dawn Mitchell (@DawnAtFOX9) September 20, 2015