Minnesota Vikings: 5 Things We Learned in 20-13 Win over Lions

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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Things We Learned in 20-13 Win over Lions
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Wasn't this supposed to be a quarterback's league?

If you were told that the Lions' Matthew Stafford would throw for 319 yards on Sunday and his Vikings counterpart, Christian Ponder, would throw for just 111, you'd assume the Lions would win, right?

How about if you were also told that the Vikings offense would generate under 230 yards and no touchdowns?  

It was another strange NFL Sunday in Detroit, as the Vikings matched their win total from 2011, beating the Lions 20-13 in a game that, numbers aside, was really never in doubt.

In the end it, was a couple of big plays by the Vikings special teams that were the difference in a game where the Vikings offense was plodding and methodical and the defense made enough plays to win. 

Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff back 105 yards for a touchdown and Marcus Sherels returned a punt 77 yards for another score. The offense and defense played relatively mistake-free football as the Vikings broke an 11-game losing streak in the NFC North.

No one in Minnesota is complaining, as after a miserable 2011 season, the Vikings will take wins any way they can get them. We take a look at five things we learned in the Vikings' 20-13 win over the Lions. 

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