Sid Hartman has been a major voice on the Minnesota sports scene for several decades. He writes a column four days a week, and has a weekly radio program on WCCO830 at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. He also can be heard at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. on weekdays.

Same script, different ending for Vikings

Posted by: Sid Hartman under Football on TV, Vikings defense, Vikings offense Updated: September 29, 2013 - 5:34 PM

The Vikings got their first victory today by beating Pittsburgh 34-27 in a game that was a lot like the previous two weeks.

Only this time, the Vikings made a defensive stop at the end on a great play by Everson Griffen to end the game.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a pretty tough customer.  He threw for 383 yards and it looked like he was going to tie the game on the final drive, but Griffen sacked him and Kevin Williams recovered to preserve the victory.

Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel didn't start out too well, but he completed his last 11 passes and didn't have any turnovers.

The big thing was, the Vikings got Jerome Felton back and he really helped Adrian Peterson return to his normal form.

One of the unsung heroes was Jerome Simpson, who was targeted 11 times and caught seven passes for 124 yards.  He made a great play to rescue Cassel when Cassel fumbled the ball upfield. And Greg Jennings finally had a great game for the Vikings, with a 70-yard touchdown reception.

They got lucky at the end.  They lost games to the Bears and Browns under similar circumstances.

With a week off, they can get some guys healthy.

As far as the quarterback situation goes, I don't think Ponder will be healthy enough to play against Carolina in two weeks.  That broken rib isn't something that'll heal quickly and if they say it affects his heart, well, he's going to have to sit out.

But I think if he's healthy, they'll put him back in there.  He didn't lose those games to the Bears and the Browns.  The defense lost those games.


 

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