A stout defensive effort and steady play from QB Christian Ponder paced the Vikings to a 13-3 halftime lead over the Houston Texans.
Texans RB Arian Foster, the AFC’s leading rusher, was held to 12 yards on 8 carries and the Vikings defense got off the field on 3rd down on 5 of 6 attempts. A turning point in the 1st half was a fumble by Foster that was forced by LB Jasper Brinkley as the Texans were driving deep in Vikings territory.
Houston QB Matt Schaub was 10 of 18 for 104 yards, and he was sacked once on a play by blitzing CB Antoine Winfield. Houston came into the game averaging 25.5 offensive points per game.
The Vikings offense, meanwhile, stayed committed to the run. Adrian Peterson had 40 yards rushing on 13 carries. It was Ponder who led the way, though, connecting on 10 of 17 passes for 119 yards, including a TD toss to Kyle Rudolph on the Vikings first drive of the game.
The Vikings will start the 2nd half with the ball and a 10-point lead as they battle for a spot in the NFC playoffs.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder, Jasper Brinkley, Kyle Rudolph
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