Percy Harvin has been an invaluable player for the Vikings offense in 2012. To open Sunday’s game at Ford Field in Detroit, Harvin reminded everyone just how invaluable he is on special teams, too.
Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a TD, staking the Vikings to an early 7-0 lead. The Lions responded on their first series, using a 56-yard pass interference penalty to set them up for a FG. Blair Walsh tacked on a pair of FGs in the 1st half and Detroit also got another one in the 2nd quarter, and the Vikings led 13-6 at halftime.
The Vikings defense held Detroit’s offense to just 15 yards rushing in the 1st half, but Matthew Stafford kept the Lions offense in motion with 116 yards on 12 of 17 passing. Stafford’s counterpart – Vikings QB Christian Ponder – was 10 of 15 in the opening 2 quarters for 59 yards. But the Vikings passing offense was more productive than the numbers indicated. WR Jerome Simpson, playing in his first regular season game as a Viking, drew a pair of long pass interference penalties to help the Vikings move the ball.
Also helping the Vikings move the ball in the first 2 quarters was superstar RB Adrian Peterson, who broke tackles constantly and had 52 rushing yards on just 7 carries.
Aside from the pair of FGs, one of which was 49 yards, Walsh is also impressing in Detroit with 3 touchbacks on kickoffs. He now has 18 touchbacks on the season, an incredible number considering the Vikings had just 19 all of last year.
The key for the Vikings in the 2nd half will be to keep the Lions passing game at bay while turning those FG tries into TDs.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Blair Walsh, Christian Ponder, Percy Harvin
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