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Vikings Digg Deep For The Win

Adrain Peterson was held in check for most of the game, but his 75-yard run in the third quarter set up a 35-yard Blair Walsh field goal to give the Vikings a 25-17 lead and help Minnesota secure a much needed road win over the Detroit Lions 28-19 at Ford Field. Peterson rushed for 98 yards on 19 carries for the day.

Blair Walsh was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts with his longest being a 53-yard kick in the second quarter. Walsh finished the game with 16 points and his three field goals in the first half kept the game close as the Vikings trailed by two 17-15 at the half.

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit offense was clicking on all cylinders to start the game finding the end zone on their first two drives to take an early 14-3 advantage in the first quarter.

Teddy Bridgewater was 25-of-35 for 316 yards and two touchdown guiding the Vikings to 22 unanswered points in the second and third quarters. Rookie Eric Kendricks led the Vikings defense with 6 total tackles and 2 sacks. The Vikings defense got off to a slow start, but they dialed up the heat on Stafford sacking him 7 times and holding Detroit to 1-of-10 on third down efficiency and 0-of-2 on fourth down attempts.

The Vikings first touchdown of the game was a 1-yard pass to Kyle Rudolph who made a great one handed catch off a nice play action on 3rd-and-goal cutting the score to 17-12. The grab capped off a solid 7-play 79-yard drive that left 1:51 on the clock before the half. The Vikings defense then forced a 3-and-out in 36 seconds giving the Vikings just enough time to move into field goal range before the break.

The Vikings took the lead on the first possession of the third quarter when Bridgewater hit rookie sensation Stefon Diggs on a deep out and up for the score that gave the Vikings a 22-17 advantage that they never relinquished. Diggs caught 6 balls for 108 yards and the go ahead diving touchdown reception that Vikings fans will be talking about all week.

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  1. wow, way to come back, vikes!
    does zim just know how to adjust, or did the D forget to show up in the 1st qtr? excellent defense after that

    looked bad early on, but fun game to watch. TB and diggs have it goin on. i kept saying to myself how terrible our O-line was in the run game, really need to fix that. maybe sully can help there when he gets back, and norv’s gotta make more of his adjustments for the O-line, too. if we fix that, we could probably compete with the top teams, because everything else is looking much better. could be a killer year in 2016

    1. I think Sully will make a big difference.Berger could slide to RG and then either TJ or Harris at RT.
      Although I have to say Fusco doesn’t look comfortable at LG,maybe it’s just me.Possibly put Fisco back at RG and Berger at LG??

        1. Yeah,just read that article.Sucks big time but we can’t change it so just hope the current starters can gel together and be more consistent.

  2. Ok, these plays on the word “digs”/”Diggs” are getting old REAL fast… Still, great game for Stefon and company (Diggs’ diving TD catch was awesome)!

  3. Five field goals? I know it’s called football but come on guys! Our Red Zone struggles continue, I get that it’s easier to defend 20 yards vs. The entire field but we’re close to the bottom of the league in RZ efficiency, we won’t compete with the top teams trading TD’s for FG’s. #14 jerseys look to be the hot Christmas present this year, Diggs may have singlehandedly saved our offense. More good news- Nice to see Pruitt make a play, Kendricks continues to thrive, defense as a whole recovered nicely after a shakey start. You never have to make excuses for winning on Sunday, but without better balance we’ll be searching for ’em after loses

  4. Zach Line needs more touches. This game could have been a blow out if Norv called for more one yard running plays for Zach. This Diggs kid needs to focus more on his blocking for Zach Line.

    Tomb – Lives …….. yea!!!!

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