Running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 160 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns in the Vikings' 24-10 victory over the Lions on Sunday at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome.
The Vikings have not lost to the Lions at the Metrodome since 1997 and Brett Favre increased his NFL record for most home victories against an opponent. Favre is now 18-0 in regular-season home games against the Lions. Most of those, of course, came when he was with the Green Bay Packers.
Favre's success today came with a price. He was sacked twice and took several big shots from Lions players. This included a second quarter hit from Lions linebacker Julian Peterson that resulted in a fumble. That was negated when Peterson was called for unecessary roughness. Favre got up holding his right arm but stayed in the game.
"I got a stinger," Favre said. "A pinched nerve or a stinger. I don't know if you've ever had one. It's kind of like you hit your funny bone and it's not funny. That' what that was."
Favre said he didn't feel too bad after the Vikings got their first victory of the season.
"There are sometimes right after a game I may have gotten one time but I felt like I got hit 20," he said. "I know more than anything I'm probably the most fatigued I've been. Just dehydrated and I think getting up off the ground, struggling to get away and make throws. If you could drop back three or five steps and just step into it and throw I'm sure it would be a lot easier to play the game. But after that, I knew I was going to get hit a lot. It may be after the play, it may be doing it as you're throwing, before you throw. If you look at [Michael] Vick [last week against the Lions. Vick was able to get away from those guys and I think he still got sacked seven times. If he couldn't move he would have gotten sacked 12 times."
The Vikings did have two injuries of note. Center John Sullivan injured his left calf in the first quarter and was replaced by Ryan Cook. Sullivan missed most of training camp because of an injury to his right calf. He would not talk about the injury afterward and it remains to be seen if he can return when the Vikings come back from their bye week.
Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe also left the game after appearing to suffer a strained right hamstring in the third quarter. He returned briefly but was then taken out again. Childress said he hadn't talked to head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman yet when he addressed the media but he thought Shiancoe "would be OK."
Childress said his players will return to Winter Park on Monday but then be off until the following Monday. The Vikings next game will be on Monday night, Oct. 11 against the Jets in New Jersey.