I didn't see any of the Vikings-Rams game on Sunday, as I was at Professor Thom's for the Red Sox ALDS game and the TVs were on other NFL games. (None of the other regulars are Vikings fans, and grabbed the limited space for the other games.) So I had to rely on updates from those other games going on.
Games against inferior teams like the Rams always scare the hell out of me, as I always fear a letdown or possible overconfidence. But there was nothing to worry about in St. Louis yesterday, as the Vikes came out firing, and won easily, 38-10.
Brett Favre just turned 40 on Saturday, and he sure didn't show his age. The Vikings went down the field on the opening drive, and Adrian Peterson ran it in on the left side 5 yards for the first Vikings score. On the Rams first drive, Kyle Boller fumbled, and Jared Allen picked it up and ran 52 yards for the score to make it 14-0, by the middle of the first quarter.
The rout was on. It was 17-3 at halftime, and the Vikings put it away in the third quarter. Favre hit Visanthe Shiancoe with a 13-yard pass to make it 24-3. Adrian Peterson scored his second TD early in the fourth, and the Vikings completed the romp over the hapless Rams when Chester Taylor went in from one yard with two minutes to play.
Favre went 18-for-24 for 232 yards, one TD and one interception. Peterson had an average day, gaining 69 yards on 15 carries (but with 2 TDs), but the onus wasn't on him to carry the offense, and Favre spread the love all around. The Vikings are now 5-0, won their career 400th game as a franchise, and their sixth straight win on the road going back to last year. The Vikes also lead the NFL in points scored with 156. They join Denver, New Orleans, Indianapolis and the NY Giants as the last remaining undefeated teams.
The next three weeks will be quite a test for these Vikings. They have Baltimore at the Metrodome, then off to Pittsburgh and the rematch with the Packers at Green Bay.