The Vikings opened the season against the Detroit Lions on Sunday and lost 34-24. For the Vikings, it appeared that what was successful for them last season may not work for them this season.
Here are five things we learned from the Vikings previous game.
- Adrian Peterson is still Adrian Peterson-While the sample size is only 1 game, the Vikings appear to be no different from where they were last season. The Vikings success still is largely dependent on Adrian Peterson’s success. Peterson scored three touchdowns for the Vikings on Sunday, but the team was unable to overcome the Lions explosive offense.
- Christian Ponder is still Christian Ponder-One of the biggest question marks for the Vikings going forward was whether or not Christian Ponder will take a step forward in his development. It doesn’t appear that Ponder has. Ponder was responsible for all four of the Vikings’ turnovers on Sunday and the quarterback could be what is holding the team’s offense back.
- Don’t sleep on Jerome Simpson-The Vikings added wide receiver Greg Jennings in the off-season, but the only Vikings’ receiver to have any success on Sunday was Simpson. Simpson was the game’s leading receiver on Sunday, compiling 140 yards on 7 receptions.
- Bush’s success bodes well for Matt Forte-Reggie Bush was a multi-purpose threat on Sunday against the Vikings’ defense. That bodes well for the Bears, who have a multi-purpose threat of their own in Matt Forte. Bush had 191 yards from scrimmage on Sunday and that should spell good fortunes for Forte.
- Vikings’ secondary exposed-Lions’ quarterback Matt Stafford picked apart the Vikings’ secondary on Sunday. Stafford passed for a total of 357 yards to go along with two touchdowns. The Bears’ offensive line was impressive in pass protection against the Bengals this past Sunday, similar success against the Vikings could mean a big day for Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler.