VU Daily Blog: Weekend edition

With two new cornerbacks in the mix, the Vikings defense played as well as ever and the rushing offense was on once again against the Lions. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted on Twitter at: 7:09:00 PM
Record-seekers vs. Lions: Adrian Peterson's 80-yard touchdown run moved into the top five in several categories in...

Posted on Twitter at: 7:09:00 PM
Turning point: Three phases finally sync up: The Vikings defense had been solid in the first two games, but after ...

Posted on Twitter at: 7:09:00 PM
Peterson powers his way to 24-10 Vikings win: Adrian Peterson used both power and speed on his way to a 160-yard, ...

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Notebook: Calm leads to critical win: The Vikings said they never panicked and believed they were close getting a ...

Posted on Twitter at: 5:35:00 PM
Adrian Peterson on Toby Gerhart's fumble: "I know about the fumbles. You definitely don't feel good about it." #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 5:22:00 PM
Jared Allen on the shoving in the second half: "It's just big boys doing big boy things." #Vikings

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Shaun Hill on the shoving matches: "All I have to say about that is I, we, are not going to be anybody's punk out there." #Vikings #Lions

Posted on Twitter at: 5:10:00 PM
Childress on the #Vikings first win on the season: "It's a great elixir. It really is. Now it won't be my elixir of choice later today."

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 5:03:00 PM

Vikings' leaders in the win

The Vikings finally clicked in the second half to get their first win of the season, 24-10 over the Detroit Lions.

On offense, Adrian Peterson was the star again, rushing 23 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard touchdown run that helped boost his average to 7.0 yards per carry.

Brett Favre continued to struggle some and admitted the passing offense is still struggling. He completed 23 of 34 passes for 201 yards, but had two more interceptions and one touchdown for a 68.4 rating.

Percy Harvin was Favre's favorite target. He went to Harvin eight times and connected with him six times for 62 yards. No other receiver had more than 30 yards, as Visanthe Shiancoe suffered a hamstring injury on the Vikings' first offensive play of the third quarter that he believes will be fine when the team returns after its Week 4 bye.

Minnesota's defense was solid once again, giving up 63 yards rushing with an assist from Jahvid Best when he went down with a toe injury. He had seven carries for 26 yards before leaving the game.

The defense ended up giving up 232 net yards passing, but they stiffened in the red zone with two interceptions late – from Ben Leber and Antoine Winfield.


Posted on Twitter at: 4:26:00 PM
Brett Favre said he suffered a stinger on the play he was hit on the helmet. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 3:01:00 PM
Peterson has 160 yards rushing, a #Vikings record against the Lions.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:55:00 PM
Ben Leber pretty much seals the win for the #Vikings with an interception at the goal line with 2:42 to play and a 24-10 #Vikings lead.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:45:00 PM
Toby Gerhart has his first fumble as a Viking, giving the ball back to Detroit with 7:48 to play with the #Vikings leading 24-10.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:24:00 PM
End of third quarter. Peterson's 80-yard TD was the fourth-longest for the #Vikings and the longest of Peterson's career.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:19:00 PM
Now Greg Lewis gets into it with a Lion. It's getting CHIPPY! #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:18:00 PM
Jahvid Best has a toe injury and his return is questionable. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:18:00 PM
Brian Robison gets a sack and a shoving match brings players from both team on the field. Offsetting penalties and the #Vikings take poss.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:08:00 PM
Adrian Peterson. 80 yards. Touchdown. From bottled up to kicking it outside for a 24-10 #Vikings lead.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:56:00 PM
Longwell connects from 31 yards out for a #Vikings 17-10 lead with 7:47 to play in the third quarter.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:48:00 PM
Shiancoe is getting his right hamstring worked on. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:47:00 PM
The #Vikings move the pocket and start the half with a 17-yard pass to Peterson, but Shiancoe came out after the play.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 1:37:00 PM

Vikings hold 14-10 halftime lead

Brett Favre threw two interceptions, one as his arm was being hit, and Detroit took advantage of both of those turnovers, turning them into 10 points in the first half.

Detroit took a 7-0 lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass to TE Tony Scheffler three plays after defensive tackle Corey Williams returned an intercepted screen pass 27 yards to the 12-yard line.

The Vikings also took advantage of a muffed punt, striking with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin on their next play from scrimmage to tie the game.

Minnesota went a little more conventional on its next drive, going 66 yards and capping that drive with a 6-yard Adrian Peterson run with 4:44 to play.

When the Vikings started driving at the end of the first half, it looked like they might slide into scoring position again, but Favre's arm was hit as he threw and Alphonso Smith came down with the fluttering interception at midfield. Four quick passes later and the Lions were in field goal position, with Jason Hanson delivering a 33-yard field goal as time in the half expired for the 14-10 Vikings lead.


Posted on Twitter at: 1:31:00 PM
Favre's two INTs accounted for all 10 of Detroit's points, with Hanson getting a 33-yard field goal to end the half. #Vikings 14-10.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:27:00 PM
Alphonso Smith intercepts a deflected pass and the #Lions have the ball at midfield with just under a minute to play in the half. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:10:00 PM
Adrian Peterson gives the #Vikings a 14-7 lead with a 6-yard run up the middle behind Fahu Tahi. 4:44 left in the first half.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:59:00 PM
Jason Hanson is wide left on a 44-yard FG attempt to keep the score tied 7-7. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:46:00 PM
Harvin was wide open as the safety got sucked up on a play fake. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:45:00 PM
Percy Harvin makes an incredible diving catch for a 24-yard TD. #Vikings 7, #Lions 7. 0:57 to play in the first quarter.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:44:00 PM
The Lions fumble a punt and Chad Greenway recovers on the 24-yard line. New momentum? #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:37:00 PM
Another Favre turnover leads to a touchdown, this week the Lions being the beneficiary. Sheffler gets the 5-yard TD from Hill. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:34:00 PM
Corey Williams intercepts a screen pass from Favre to Gerhart and returns it to the 12-yard line. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:25:00 PM
The crowd is getting frustrated and booing midway through the first quarter. Three penalties kill the #Vikings second drive.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:12:00 PM
Sullivan's injury is his calf, which was a problem throughout training camp. He is listed as questionable for returning. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:07:00 PM
Ryan Cook is coming into the game. Sullivan limps off. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:06:00 PM
On the #Vikings first play from scrimmage, John Sulivan is down on the field.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 11:16:00 AM

Lions cautious with Peterson

Adrian Peterson's reputation for fumbling became a focal point during the offseason, but so far he hasn't fumbled in 47 carries this season. He could pass another test against the Lions, who have been the beneficiary of five of his turnovers the last four games the Lions have played the Vikings.

But the Lions are being cautious about making too much of an effort going after the ball and letting Peterson get loose.

"You always talk about attacking the football and things like that, but the one thing is with a guy like Adrian Peterson, you start worrying about attacking the football and he's breaking tackles," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "We need to get him on the ground. Our turnovers and forced fumbles and things like that will come from big contact and guys hustling to the pile and getting in on plays rather than somebody stripping the ball out or things like that."

Last year, Peterson fumbled seven times, losing six of them.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 10:52:00 AM

Griffin starting, Cook active

The Vikings' secondary will receive the anticipated shakeup they were showing this week in practice – Cedric Griffin is active for the first time since tearing his ACL on Jan. 24 in the NFC Championship game and rookie second-round pick Chris Cook is active as well, giving the Vikings the biggest group of cornerbacks they've had this year.

Griffin will start at right cornerback for Lito Sheppard and Cook is expected to be inserted in the nickel package with Antoine Winfield slipping inside.

But the additional defensive backs brought about a few mild surprises on the inactive list, chief among them Tyrell Johnson, who started 15 games at safety last year. He joins QB Joe Webb (third QB), RB Albert Young, LB Erin Henderson, C Jon Cooper, DT Fred Evans, DE Jayme Mitchell and DE Everson Griffen.

Inactive for the Lions are QB Matthew Stafford, WR Nate Burleson, RB Kevin Smith, LB Zack Follett, LB Landon Johnson, G Manny Ramirez, T Jason Fox, DE Willie Young.


Posted on Twitter at: 10:35:00 AM
Wow, how's that for a slip. Webb is the third QB, not a WR. Too much thinking about that this week, I guess. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:34:00 AM
For the #Lions WR Bryant Johnson is starting for Nate Burleson, Shaun Hill for Matthew Stafford and Ashlee Palmer for Follett. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:33:00 AM
Inactive for the #Lions QB Stafford, WR Burleson, RB Smith, LB Follett, LB Johnson, G Ramirez, T Fox, DE Young. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:32:00 AM
Inactive for the #Vikings WR Webb, S Johnson, RB Young, LB Erin Henderson, C Cooper, DT Evans, DE Mitchell, DE Griffen.

Posted on Twitter at: 10:31:00 AM
Tyrell Johnson is inactive. How far the starter has fallen from last year. Jimmy Kennedy is active for the first time this year. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:30:00 AM
Cedric Griffin and Chris Cook are both active. Griffin will start for Sheppard. #Vikings

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Notebook: Leber can't explain the spasms: Ben Leber's back spasms came on quickly and took him out of action last ...

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Vikings-Lions game scout: Get the basics for Sunday's game between the Vikings and Lions – the keys to the game, f...

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Key matchup: The running backs converge: Two of the more explosive young running backs should provide the offensiv...

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Sunday slant: He can jump, but Webb's a QB: Rookie Joe Webb was drafted as a receiver, but he caught the eyes of c...

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Preview: Lions better, not Best yet: The Lions are building the necessary components of a competitive roster and ...

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Vikings-Lions game plan: The Vikings have been struggling on offense, but the Lions might be the cure to what ails...

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Birk gets more brainiac bragging rights: The Sporting News came out with a list of the smartest athletes in sports...

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Notebook: Challenge in the trenches: John Sullivan and Bryant McKinnie will have their hands full in their individ...

Posted on Twitter at: 5:47:00 PM
Earlier in the week, the #Dolphins claimed former #Vikings TE Mickey Shuler. Two good prospects and two good guys.

Posted on Twitter at: 5:44:00 PM
After playing the #Vikings Sunday, the #Dolphins are filling up with former Vikes. Miami claimed tackle Pat Brown on waivers from the Jets.

Posted on Twitter at: 4:35:00 PM
Vikings cautious of Hill-Linehan pairing: Shaun Hill isn't the big-armed quarterback that attracts the attention o...

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Notebook: Receiver, corners still in flux: The Vikings are coming to the realization that Percy Harvin's migraines...

Posted on Twitter at: 3:47:00 PM
The #Vikings still have 200 tickets that were returned by the Detroit Lions for Sunday's game. Visit if interested.

Posted on Twitter at: 3:23:00 PM
A closer look at the #Vikings vs. #Lions injury report, with Griffin and Cook continuing to be listed as questionable.

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