Vikings vs. Titans: Harvin Leads Minnesota Annihilation of Stumbling Titans

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2012

The Vikings are not great hosts.

Really, is a 30-7 takedown of a guest in any way polite?

Well, right or wrong, polite or rude, the Vikings nonetheless took the woeful Tennessee Titans to the woodshed and sent them home with yet another loss.

This surprising team has put together an impressive string of victories for a share of the NFC North division lead.

On Sunday, they once again looked to Percy Harvin to cause the most damage.

It did start a little slow for the entire team on Sunday, though. Both the offense and the defense seemed to lack the fire and physicality that were the hallmarks of big wins against Detroit and San Francisco.

Maybe Harrison Smith being kicked out of the game on a questionable call (I'm not sure this is really worthy of ejection) made them dial it back, but the offense also looked as though they were a little reserved for the first half.

However, the second half was a different story, as the offense started to move the chains and the defense choked the Titans offense into submission.

The only real black marks on the day were Christian Ponder's two interceptions. They were the first of this season and were back-to-back. Other than that, though, Ponder played a very sharp game.

However, the big story continues to be Percy Harvin, who scored both through the air and on the ground.

Harvin wanted more involvement, got it and continues to blow up defenses on a regular basis.

He's easily Ponder's biggest weapon right now, even with Adrian Peterson breaking off runs reminiscent of his pre-injury days.

It is clear, however, that Jerome Simpson is still being eased into the offense, as he was only targeted three times with no catches (though he did draw a pass interference penalty).

That will come, though, and the team is playing well despite that one hiccup.

Ultimately, as long as Percy Harvin is playing at the level he's at, this team is on the right path.

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