Vikes Flying High At 4-1 After Lopsided Win Over Titans

Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 6:48 am

The Minnesota Vikings improved to 4-1 with their most dominant win of the season on Sunday; a 30-7 thrashing of the Tennessee Titans.

The Vikes came with a very well rounded attack, outplaying the floundering Titans in all three phases. Percy Harvin continued his meteoric rise to the ranks of the elite this season, as Harvin followed up last week’s one TD effort with two TD’s here, one rushing and one receiving. Percy had 8 catches for 108 yards through the air and was flanked again by Kyle Rudolph, who caught his fourth TD in five games. While Adrian Peterson didn’t have that breakout game we were all hoping for, he ran solidly again with 17 carries for 88 yards, which was 5.2 yards per tote for AP.

Christian Ponder had a very up and down game. Coming in as the only NFL starting QB who hadn’t thrown an interception, on this day Ponder threw two and could have thrown a few more if not for the Titans’ defenders having several bad drops. Ponder did finish with 258 yards passing, 31 yards rushing and those two scores, one to Percy and one to Rudolph.

The Vikes defense had a great game holding Tennessee scoreless until the fourth quarter, and only allowing the one score. Rookie safety Harrison Smith recovered a fumble before being kicked out of the game for touching an official. Veteran corner Antoine Winfield had a pick and both Brian Robison and Jared Allen finished with sacks.

The Vikings are now tied with the Bears for first place in the NFC North. Both teams are two games ahead of the Packers, who lost on Sunday by three at Indianapolis.

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