The Minnesota Vikings bounced back from a poor slate of games by posting a 34-24 win over divisional rivals, the Detroit Lions. With injuries bringing additional questions to an already timid offense, Christian Ponder and the Vikings answered by putting up seven different scoring drives.
Once again, we saw new innovations in the offense—this time including a pistol formation—and a typically strong defense make plays that made a difference.
While fans were ready to rain rancor down on Ponder and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, the actual offensive performance was enough to overcome the slump that it had found itself in for quite some time.
This win over the Lions is much more significant than the last one, as the Vikings proved they could grab wins within the division without the aid of spectacular (but rare) special teams play and without one of their only (and best) offensive weapons.
There were individually some important performances to highlight, both positive and negative. Even with dominant wins, there's always room to improve.