The Minnesota Vikings' 34-27 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers lifted a huge weight off the psyches of Vikings fans worldwide. The win moves the Vikings within one-half game of the idle Green Bay Packers and two games behind the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions in the NFC North.
After three heartbreaking defeats, the Vikings still have plenty of concerns that need to be addressed, but they are so much easier to overlook when the team wins.
Backup quarterback Matt Cassel led the Vikings to a 17-point lead through three quarters that was just enough to secure the seven-point win and drop the Steelers to 0-4 on the season. Cassel gave the offense a shot in the arm, leading the team to its highest scoring total of the season, tossing two touchdown passes to Greg Jennings.
Just like last season, Adrian Peterson had a breakout game in Week 4. He finished with 140 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard run that gave the Vikings a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
Just like the previous two games, this one was not decided until the final minute of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had the Steelers offense on the Vikings' 6-yard line with 24 seconds left in the game. On 3rd-and-goal, the Minnesota defense came up with a huge sack and a fumble recovery that sealed the win.
The following grades reflect the improved play by many parts of the team that gave the Vikings their first win of the season.