Vikings week 2 takes from the game by Joel Schafer

Many in Skol Nation  were left with a really bad taste in their mouth after getting humiliated by the 49ers on Monday Night Football.  Vikings Will be came home to play yet another team that was left wondering what hit them in the Lions. The lions blew a 21-3 lead against the Chargers.

 

Teddy Bridgewater  did not look very good the first two and a half quarters of the 49ers game. He made most people forget that going 14 for 18 for the game. Teddy used his feet to keep plays alive and made many would be defenders grasp at air. Bridgewater was poised all day in the pocket even when under duress.

 

Adrian Peterson looked to be in 2009 form. He fumbled three times in the victory. Two of those fumbles were deep in the red zone. (1 Fumble lost) A.P. again struggled mightily in pass protection. Peterson let a blitzing linebacker go by with little resistance. Teddy bailed him out by flipping it to Adrian who scampered for 49 yards on that play. Peterson needs to do better in both areas, instead of being a liability.

 

The offensive line gave up only one sack vs the Lions.  They got killed in week one and played a whole lot better both on run and pass.  The Vikings rushed for 199 yards on the day. There is still a lot to improve on, but we can all agree this looked better than week one.

The Defense looked to make a statement that they could stop the run. They did just that. The Lions pretty much abandoned the run very early in this game and were one-dimensional all game.  They held the lions to 36 yards on the ground. They also made Stafford hit the deck seemingly on every other pass play. No receiver  went over 85 yards, while giving up zero plays longer than 20 yards.

Captain Munnerlyn looked excellent in coverage. He played a ton in the slot and played like Skol nation expected him to  play all of last year. Munnerlyn frustrated Golden Tate  on several occasions. Tate complained at least 3 times that he was interfered with when Captain was on him. Munnerlyn lead the team in tackles and also forced a fumble.

Xavier Rhodes was tasked with covering one of the best receivers out there, Calvin Johnson. Most of the plays Rhodes was locked in with Johnson.  Rhodes saw the yellow laundry fly his way several times.  He kept Megatron in front of him all day while holding him to 83 yards receiving.bridgewaterRHODESCapt