After all the quarterback drama of the past two weeks, Shaun Hill, overall, was pretty decent. He finished up 18-for-33 for 236 yards and didn’t turn the ball over — taking advantage of a Titans defense that was clearly stacked up to stop Adrian Peterson, who had just 31 yards on 19 carries. If it’s the only game Hill starts all season, he will have done his job admirably.
The overall story of the game, though, was the Vikings defense. The unit took over with three second-half turnovers, two of which were returned for touchdowns — including linebacker Eric Kendricks pouncing on a Marcus Mariota pass and returning it for a long TD that gave the Vikings a lead they would never relinquish.
That’s the blueprint for the team’s 2016 success. The Vikings will need to be better on offense to win against better teams, but this defense has a chance to be even better than very good — which it already was last season.
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