Today’s game–a 42-10 demolition of the Detroit Lions in which the Vikings scored touchdowns on their first six offensive possessions–brought the team back to .500 and put them in position to make a serious run at the postseason. Adrian Peterson, injured three weeks ago against the Packers, was back in the starting line-up; his afternoon’s work was finished five minutes into the third quarter, by which time he’d already amassed 116 rushing yards and two scores. Tarvaris Jackson, meanwhile, threw for over 200 yards and for more than one touchdown for the first time in his career; he also ran for twenty yards, as the Vikings outgained the Lions 227-23 on the ground (that’s an unfathomable statistic…but there it is). Throw in another DST touchdown (a 103-yard kick-off return by Aundrae Allison), and you’ve got all the ingredients for a full-fledged butt-kicking.
Again, I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. The Vikings are still a 6-6 team…but one which has scored 83 points in its last two games, is on a three-game winning streak and has a favourable schedule ahead of it (starting with next week’s visit to San Francisco, for mine and Bri Monster’s annual grudge match). If Peterson and Jackson continue clicking like they’ve been doing, my optimism could, in time, prove well-founded.