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By Izzy Presley – Columnist AM660
Sunday, October 7, 2012
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(Minneapolis, MN) – After a dismal 3-13 season in 2011, The Minnesota Vikings have started their strongest season as of yet since the 2009 season that Brett Favre solidified his lore as a Viking by leading them to the NFC Championship game.
The Titans came into Mall of America Field with a 1-3 record and their young quarterback Jake Locker unavailable. Aging veteran Matt Hasselbeck would be taking the snaps for the visiting and struggling Nashville squad.
A healthy dose of Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson, and stellar defensive play would be all the purple would need to bring their record to a healthy, first place record of 4-1.
Defensively the Vikings were so stingy that they held Nashville to only 87 total yards in the first half, and scoreless until there was 10:35 left in the 4th quarter when Hasselbeck connected with Jared Cook on a 10 yard touchdown pass.
Harvin was the offensive stud for Minnesota with 116 total yards and 2 touchdowns halfway through the 4th quarter, while Peterson rushed for 88 because on 17 carries. Peterson was practically shut down by the Titans defense all day, but managed to break free for runs of 20 and 30 plus.
Christian Ponder threw for nearly 300 yards with a couple touchdowns and his first 2 interceptions of the season on consecutive plays to end the first half and start the 2nd.
Rookie Nathaniel Smith was ejected in the first quarter after shoving an official out of the way after a Tennessee turnover.
Up until the end of the game, the loudest pop the less than sellout crowd gave was to the video of Green Bay losing to Indianapolis. That gut laugh you hear is Mall of America Field.
The Vikings are currently tied with Chicago for 1st place in the NFC North and will be at Washington for on Oct 14th. After facing a backup quarterback today and possibly a back up in Washington if RGIII is not ready to go after his injury today, there is a good chance this Vikings team COULD be 5-1 and getting ready to host an Arizona team with Quarterback Problems of their own.
Final score from The Metrodome, Vikings 30 Titans 7.