The Vikings came out in their first home game of the 2011 regular season in great form, building a 17-0 lead by halftime thanks to solid performances from all three phases.
On offense, RB Adrian Peterson led the way with 83 yards and 2 TDs on 15 carries. QB Donovan McNabb looks much improved from his debut performance and is 11 of 17 for 153 yards. McNabb’s leading receiver is Percy Harvin, who has 4 receptions for 48 yards. But 2nd-year RB Toby Gerhart is also making his presence felt, picking up 36 rushing yards on 2 carries and also salvaging the team’s second TD-scoring drive by executing a screen pass to the tune of 42 yards.
Peterson’s first TD of the day came late in the 1st quarter to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead. That score made him the new record hold for career rushing TDs in Vikings franchise history. Peterson tacked on another rushing TD in the 2nd quarter and now he has 54 for his career.
The defense was dominant and yielded just 62 total yards and only 3 first downs. DE Jared Allen tallied a sack on the game’s first series and DE Everson Griffen also got to Freeman to register a sack. S Jamarca Sanford has a pair of tackles for a loss and both S Husain Abdullah and CB Antoine Winfield have made multiple open-field tackles to bring Buccaneers ball-carriers to a halt.
On special teams, K Ryan Longwell is 1 for 1 on FGs and a perfect 2 of 2 on PATs. Kick coverage teams have been solid and P Chris Kluwe landed a punt inside the 10-yardline again.
The Vikings will begin the 2nd half with the ball and have a great opportunity to take a commanding lead.
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