Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— Following the lead of coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings turned the page with authority yesterday by defeating the Lions in their home opener.
— It felt like old times as the Vikings rode running back Adrian Peterson to victory in his first game at TCF since his child-abuse charge last fall.
— Peterson wasn’t the only player to use his legs to propel the Vikings to a win. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater showed off some flashy moves, too.
— The run defense did a complete 180 against rookie Ameer Abdullah and the Lions after the 49ers rushed for 230 yards last Monday night.
— Six days after getting benched against the 49ers, Andrew Sendejo got the start against the Lions. And he actually played pretty well, too.
— Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was solid against the man they call Megatron.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— Quarterback Matthew Stafford got his ribs battered, and the Lions got pummeled by the Vikings and are now in the NFC North basement at 0-2.
— The Detroit defense was one of the league’s best last season. But so far in 2015, the Ndamukong Suh-less defense has been a sore spot for the Lions.
— Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had 10 catches against the Vikings, but neither he nor any of his teammates could break free for a big gain.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The locker room will open to media at 12:30 this afternoon. Zimmer will have his day-after press conference at 2 p.m. in the Winter Park fieldhouse.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Peterson came oh-so close to scoring a touchdown a couple of times against the Lions. But when he couldn’t punch it in, Bridgewater and fullback Zach Line got the glory instead. It has now been 22 months since Peterson’s last touchdown. The last time he scored one was in the team’s 26-26 tie against the Packers on Nov. 24, 2013. Matt Asiata, meanwhile, scored 13 touchdowns over that span, most of it coming with Peterson in street clothes.