The other day I hit a squirrel. I didn’t mean to and I did everything I could to safely miss the thing. I went right and so did the squirrel. I went left and the squirrel reversed course and stayed right in front of me. This went on for a number of slight swerves when suddenly a definitive “THUD” made the outcome of this little episode quite clear.
On Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Lions played the part of my car, doing seemingly everything they could to keep that squirrel (the Minnesota Vikings) alive.
In the end: THUD.
Things started out fairly promising. A botched field goal attempt led to the Vikings first offensive snap, which Adrian Peterson took to the house from 78 yards out, but it was all downhill from there. Here are my graded observations from the action:
Watching Adrian Peterson take that ball 78 yards for a touchdown really gave me hope about this game. Hope is officially dead for a week one win, but runs like that still give me hope for the rest of the season. In the hours following this loss I had to keep reminding myself just how ugly that loss to Indianapolis was last year and that the 2012 Vikings were able to turn things around, so the 2013 version might be able to do the same.