We'll just get this out of the way quickly: The Minnesota Vikings are for real.
Minnesota put together its best 60 minutes of football in a completely dominating performance over the Tennessee Titans, winning 30-7, improving to 4-1, and staying tied atop the NFC North.
There are plenty of bouquets to go all around for the purple, but this must be said too: That is one sorry football team they have in Tennessee.
As for the Vikings, it was a near flawless game. The running game took awhile to get going, but it ended up grinding out 175 yards. The defense was totally dominant, bottling up the Titans all day long, completely shutting down the running game and limiting the passing game.
Minnesota Vikings 30 Tennessee Titans 7
The Vikings answer the Titans score by rolling right down the field and getting a touchdown of their own. Toby Gerhart does they yeoman's work with two nice runs and then Christian Ponder throws a beautiful 15-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, putting it only where Rudolph could catch it.
A nice drive and great call; it seemed the Vikings were content to just kill clock and ram it down the Titans throats with Gerhart, then they throw a ball in the end zone and it pays off.
Minnesota Vikings 23 Tennessee Titans 7
Well, look who finally showed up to the game! The Titans put together their first sustained drive of the game and get on the board in the fourth quarter. Matt Hasselbeck finishes off a nice drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook.
It's too bad, the Vikings defense deserved a shutout.
Minnesota Vikings 23 Tennessee Titans 0
The Vikings continue to dominate on both sides of the ball and the offense finishes off a brilliant drive with a pretty 10-yard catch and run that had the Titans grasping at air.
Minnesota Vikings 16 Tennessee Titans 0
The Vikings add Blair Walsh's third field goal of the game, this time from 26 yards, to extend their lead to 16-0 over the Titans.
The Vikings moved down the field on a big 22-yard run by Toby Gerhart and then a catch and run for a first down by Percy Harvin.
Halftime Score: Vikings 13 Titans 0
The Minnesota Vikings completely dominate the Tennessee Titans in the first half, out-gaining them 226-87 in jumping out to a 13-0 lead.
It feels like they should be up by more than just 13, and they'll have to keep their foot on the gas in the second half.
Blair Walsh has added his second field goal of the second quarter to push Minnesota ahead of Tennessee 13-0 in the second quarter. Walsh's 36-yard field goal was perfect, matching his earlier 42-yard FG.
The Vikings have extended their lead to 10-0 over the Titans after an Antoine Winfield interception gave Minnesota the ball in Tennessee territory.
The Vikings stellar rookie safety, Harrison Smith has been ejected from the game for making contact with an official. Smith was having a huge game, making a blow-up hit on Kendall Wright to stall a Titans drive, and then recovering a fumble in the second quarter.
The Minnesota Vikings have jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the Tennessee Titans late in the first quarter after an impressive 90 yard drive. Percy Harvin took it in from five yards out after bouncing off a pair of tacklers at the line of scrimmage.
Stay with us all afternoon as we provide instant grades and analysis as the Vikings try to stay atop the NFC North.