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Peterson Goes Big Early, But Vikings Crumble In 34-24 Loss To Lions

By: Aj Mansour |

Well, the roller coaster ride got going early for the Minnesota Vikings as they kicked off the 2013 season Sunday afternoon with a 34-24 loss to the Lions in Detroit, MI.

It was a Detroit Lions botched field goal snap that gave the ball to the Vikings on their own 22-yard line early in the game. What followed was simply unbelievable!

On the field for their first offensive series, Christian Ponder lined up under center with the league’s reigning MVP in the backfield. The first down play out of the I-Formation was a handoff to Peterson who hit the gap and took the opening handoff 78-yards and to the house for a Vikings touchdown!

CLICK HERE to listen to Paul Allen’s call of AP’s opening touchdown!

It was mostly down hill from that point as the Lions and Vikings battled out an ugly, undisciplined game.

Peterson only managed 15 more yards on his remaining 17 carries. Matt Kalil was dizzied as Lions continually spun him around at the line of scrimmage. Marvin Mitchell and the linebackers were darn near invisible as Reggie Bush ran wild over the defense. And quarterback Christian Ponder laid an egg that forced Vikings fans to forget all about the success he managed to find last December.

The final line for Ponder read 18-for-passing for 236 yards and a touchdown but it was the three interceptions and shared fumble with Adrian Peterson that already has Vikings fans calling for Matt Cassel to take over under center.

On the defensive side of the ball, it was Reggie Bush who proved to be the thorn in the Vikings side Sunday afternoon. Bush ran wild on Minnesota gaining 90 yards on the ground and another 101 (and 1TD) through the air.

Searching for silver linings on the day, Minnesota was able to keep Calvin Johnson in check. Megatron ended his day with 4 catches for only 37 yards. He also missed out on two touchdowns which were both overturned.

Another silver lining comes from Jerome Simpson who had a statement game finishing with 7 catches for 140 yards including a deep 44-yard diving catch in the third quarter.

All in all a very sloppy game for the Vikings who will now review and begin preparations for a week two matchup against the Chicago Bears in Chicago.

Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN

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