MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Week one is now a distant memory for Vikings fans, and the team has cleaned up their act the past two games and notched another big win over the San Diego Chargers at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.
This team appears to be finding its identity with back-to-back weeks of the Vikings dominating their opponent for the majority of the game. Suddenly, they are playing like the team that most thought they were going to be coming out of training camp.
Vikings were up 10-0, but just before halftime, the Chargers got within three points, Phillip Rivers with a deep ball to Keenan Allen as two Vikings collided allowing Allen to stroll into the end zone with a 34-yard touchdown. Another look at it shows Andrew Sendejo taking out Xavier Rhodes, bending his head and neck backwards. Rhodes left the game with a concussion, but it’s unclear if he will be ready to take on the Broncos in Denver next week.
The Vikings’ first possession of the second half was a short one, Adrian Peterson taking the hand off. He saw nothing up the middle, so he cut it to the outside, could have gone out of bounds, but instead he cut back inside and raced 43 yards, high-stepping into the end zone putting the Vikings up 17-7.
The capper: Rivers’ pass was tipped and ended up in the arms of Chad Greenway, and the 10-year vet headed to the outside with a convoy of purple guiding him 91 yards into the end zone for his first touchdown since 2007.
Next week, the Vikings hit the road and will take on Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City.