Man, this is tough to keep up with these scoring updates! Here’s a review of the 2nd quarter – another action-packed quarter for the Vikings…
After Adrian Peterson’s 2-yard TD to open the 2nd quarter – giving the Vikings a 14-7 lead – the Vikings defense held the Bills to a 3-and-out. Vikings PR Greg Camarillo returned the punt at the MIN 40 and 5 plays later, Peterson rammed his way into the endzone for his 2nd TD of the game, giving the Vikings a 21-7 lead. Tarvaris Jackson was perfect on the series, completing 2 of 2 passes for 27 yards with a 13-yard rush on a scramble.
Following Peterson’s 2nd TD, Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s pass intended for Stevie Johnson on a 3rd and 11 attempt was picked off by Vikings CB Antoine Winfield. The 12-year veteran returned the INT 41 yards down to the Bills 5. After a stuffed run by RB Toby Gerhart on 1st down, Jackson found Sidney Rice in the right corner of the endzone with #18 making a diving catch for the TD.
The Vikings defense held the Bills to another 3-and-out on the ensuing series, giving the ball back to Jackson and Co. at the MIN 18 following a 55-yard Brian Moorman punt.
With 5:08 remaining in the half, Jackson led the Vikings to the tune of a 12-play, 62-yard scoring drive that ended on a 38-yard FG by K Ryan Longwell as time expired. The FG gave the Vikings a 31-7 lead at halftime and the Bills will receive the 2nd half kickoff.
The Vikings defense has continued its stout performance, allowing a dismal 41 total yards – 9 passing and 32 rushing. For the Vikings offense, Jackson has completed 12 of 17 passes for 170 yards, 2 TDs and an INT. Peterson has 12 carries for 48 yards and 2 TDs and Rice leads all receivers with 4 receptions for 96 yards and 2 TDs with a long of 46.
Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe has 2 receptions for 17 yards, surpassing Stu Voigt’s 1,919 career receiving yards as a Vikings TE. Shiancoe now has 1,921 career receiving yards in purple.
With his 2 TD performance through the 1st half, Peterson has moved into 6th place in NFL history for the most rushing TDs in the first 4 NFL seasons. Peterson now has 50 career rushing TDs, passing Jim Brown and Maurice Jones-Drew, who both had 49 in their first 4 years.
On another historical note, Longwell tied George Blanda for 15th place in career FGs made with 335.
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