MINNEAPOLIS There will be no lingering frustration heading into the bye week for the Minnesota Vikings after Sunday's 34-24 win.
Minnesota knew the importance of beating the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Vikings wanted to end their two-game slide and be able to head into the off week with positive feelings. They wanted to put Detroit (4-5) squarely behind them. And after last year's 3-13 debacle, Minnesota wanted, and did, stay right in the thick of the NFC playoff picture at 6-4.
Sunday's victory was an all-around team effort. A dominating first-half defense combined with improvement in the passing game helped build the lead, and running back Adrian Peterson finished off the win.
Here's how each phase graded out for the Vikings on Sunday:Pass offense: BThis was the game quarterback Christian Ponder needed. Ponder had received plenty of heat for underwhelming performances lately and took the brunt of the criticism for the lack of a passing attack to balance Peterson&...