Vikings-Lions Box Score (Yahoo!)
It is nice that in the final Vikings-Lions game ever played in the Metrodome, the Vikings continued a tradition by beating the Lions in the Metrodome. The Vikings played a complete game, performing soundly in every area.
Without Percy Harvin, the Vikings needed to find a passing game with other receivers, and they found it. It started early with Jarius Wright, and you can't underestimate how important it is for the Vikings to find a dynamic young wide receiver. Wright did little after the first drive, but showed promise. And the Vikes made a clear effort to involve Kyle Rudolph more, throwing to him nine times, which he turned into a 7-64-1 day.
Defensively, the Vikings had a gamer's effort at containing the Lion passing game. The Lions are a team that try chuck it deep mostly whenever they want, and today they were very successful at it (Calvin Johnson did have 207 yards). But the Vikings contested passes, hit receivers hard, and tackled well to prevent yards after the catch.
But once again, it is Adrian Peterson playing brilliantly. With 171 yards rushing today, Peterson has averaged 157.25 rushing yards over his last four games. Today he got help from the passing game, so the Vikes scored 34 points.
At 6-4 going into the bye week, the Vikings have been inconsistent but competitive. But now they've given us just enough hope they can compete to the very end of the season. The final stretch of the year has the chance for excitement rather than despair.
Skol, friends! The Vikings beat the Lions in Thunderdome.