Vikings Earn First Win
The Minnesota Vikings got their first win of the season on Sunday, in London as they beat Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers 34-27. The Vikings got two rushing touchdowns from Adrian Peterson and two receiving touchdowns from big money free agent acquisition Greg Jennings.
While fans oohed and aahed the performance of backup quarterback Matt Cassel, who started this game for the injured Christian Ponder, coaches are non-committal about the future at the position. Cassel finished with a strong stat line of 248 yards passing, two touchdowns and zero picks while also notching a passer rating of 123.4. He hooked up with Jennings on the two scores but also got a big day out of Jerome Simpson, who grabbed seven balls for a team high 124 yards receiving.
The Vikings defense nearly gave up a game winning drive to the Steelers late in the fourth quarter, but a timely sack by Everson Griffen sealed the game and sent Pittsburg to 0-4.
The Vikings now enter their bye week at 1-3 and will be at home against the Carolina Panthers in two weeks when their season resumes. Minnesota isn’t as dead as you may think. With the Bears losing to the Lions on Sunday, those teams sit atop the division with 3-1 records, meaning the vikings are just two games out.