Grading the game: Lions

The Vikings looked like a tired bunch at times Sunday, but here is the mixed bag of grades from their game against the Detroit Lions.

PASSING OFFENSE: D — After impressing in his starting debut on Tuesday, rookie quarterback Joe Webb had some rough moments against the Lions. He completed 20 of 32 passes for 148 yards with an interception and was sacked three times. Webb finished with a 60.4 passer rating. Percy Harvin caught a team-high eight receptions for 72 yards and no other player caught more than two passes. Webb is hoping to remain a quarterback — the Vikings drafted him last April with the intention of moving him to wide receiver — but he remains a project and it's expected the team will look outside the organization for help at this position.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D — Adrian Peterson rushed for only 31 yards on 14 carries, a 2.2-yard average, and Webb actually led the Vikings with 35 yards on five rushing attempts. The Vikings finished with only 74 yards on the ground, their third-lowest total of the season. Peterson's rushing yardage was his second-lowest of the season. The only game this season in which Peterson had fewer yards was on Dec. 13, when he rushed for 26 yards on 14 attempts against the New York Giants. That game also was played at Ford Field because the roof of the Vikings stadium had collapsed a day earlier.

PASS DEFENSE: C — Lions quarterback Shaun Hill threw for 258 yards and a touchdown and was sacked once. He completed 28 passes and frequently went at cornerback Frank Walker, who started in place of the injured Asher Allen on the right side. Nate Burleson had six receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown working against Walker at times.

RUSH DEFENSE: B — The Lions rushed for 107 yards as a team, but Jahvid Best's team-leading total was 34 yards. Maurice Morris rushed for 21 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. The Vikings run defense had finished first or second in the NFL every season since 2006 but didn't repeat that feat this season. They gave up more than 100 yards rushing in each of their last four games.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B — Ryan Longwell made field goals of 27 and 48 yards and Chris Kluwe averaged 43.0 yards gross and 39.8 net on five punts. The biggest surprise here came in the first quarter when interim coach Leslie Frazier decided to have Kluwe punt instead of having Longwell attempt a 51-yard field goal. This game was played indoors. Lorenzo Booker continued to be solid on kickoff returns, taking one back 49 yards.

COACHING: B — Frazier deserves credit for simply getting this team through its final six games with a 3-3 record. The Vikings were playing for the second time since Tuesday and at the end of a miserable season it was clear the team had little left in the gas tank, especially after a 24-14 upset victory at Philadelphia in their previous game.


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