The Minnesota Vikings, with their backs to the wall after an 0-2 start, were carried by a strong performance by star running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson's 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, the longest run of his career, put the exclamation point on a 160-yard, 23-attempt and two-touchdown outing.
Brett Favre had his best game of the young season going 23 for 34 for 201 yards and one touchdown. Favre threw two interceptions and is still trying to find the timing with his patched-up receiving corps of Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo, Greg Lewis, and newcomer Hank Baskett. Berrian, the Vikings highest-paid receiver, has yet to sync with Favre and had only two catches for 11 yards. Harvin led the way receiving with 62 yards on six catches, including a diving catch in the end zone.
The Vikings defense bent but didn't break. They gave up 295 total yards but only allowed one touchdown on a short field after a pass intended for Toby Gerhart was intercepted by Corey Williams of the Lions and returned to the 12-yard line. The Vikings only allowed three additional points on a 33-yard field goal by Jason Hanson in the second quarter.
The Vikings have a bye next week while the Lions take on Green Bay.
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