The Vikings came off their bye week yesterday and defeated the Houston Texans in a tough contest in the Metrodome, 28-21, as Adrian Peterson had another big day.
Peterson scored the first touchdown (pictured) and rushed for 139 yards on 25 carries. Gus Frerotte went 11-for-18 for 182 yards and threw three touchdowns. The only blemish on his record was an interception by Jacques Reeves, who returned it 44 yards for a TD that tied the game 7-7 in the first quarter.
The Vikings took a 21-7 lead into halftime as Frerotte threw TD passes to Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian just before the break.
Houston opened the second half with a long drive that resulted in a 3-yard TD pass to David Anderson from Sage Rosenfels, who replaced an injured Matt Schaub. The score remained 21-14 until the Vikings made it 28-14 on a 25-yard TD pass from Frerotte to Viscanthe Shiancoe. Houston made it a seven-point difference late in the game again as Andre Johnson caught a TD with just under four minutes to play.
The Texans got the ball back again inside two minutes but couldn't move the ball as the Vikings sacked Rosenfels twice, the last one on fourth down to end the game.
Well, at least one of my football teams didn't blow a halftime lead this weekend.
The Vikings are now 4-4, and are tied with Green Bay for second in the NFC North. Chicago pulled a come-from-behind win against the lowly Detroit Lions to remain at 5-3 in first. The Vikes have a huge game against the Packers next Sunday at the Metrodome.