MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota is 8-1 for the first time since 1998 after breaking away from Detroit in the second half Sunday at the Metrodome. I wouldn’t classify it as the Vikings’ best performance of the season by any means, but I think it once again demonstrated how an elite quarterback can impact a run-based offense.
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre completed three passes of more than 40 yards to receiver Sidney Rice, and the third -- a 56-yarder early in the fourth quarter -- set up a touchdown that gave the Vikings a commanding two-score lead. Favre finished with 342 passing yards, the most since he joined the Vikings in August, and Rice caught seven passes for 201 yards.
We should point out that Detroit’s pass defense has been horrific this season, allowing opponents to complete 71.7 percent of their passes during the first half of the season. One of Rice's receptions, in fact, came against a blown Lions coverage. But without Favre’s accurate passing, the Vikings would have been mired in a much closer endgame.
Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson rushed for 133 yards and two scores, but his fumble on a second-quarter breakaway symbolized the Vikings’ early troubles in this game. The Lions were as close as 17-10 in the fourth quarter, and quarterback Matthew Stafford performed well despite absorbing a brutal beating to keep the game credible.
I’ll have more in a few hours. Until then …