A surprising first half, to say the least, as the Minnesota Vikings are taking a 17-13 lead into the locker room in a game where they were largely expected to get blown out. . .even by most of us here.
Christian Ponder has looked quite good for a guy that was, allegedly, the biggest reach ever when he was drafted this past April. He is 8-of-14 for 126 yards and a touchdown so far. His 72-yard pass to Michael Jenkins on his first play as the starter is the longest pass for a rookie in Minnesota Vikings' history, so he's already in the record books for that. He's also converted some big third downs in this one, and has looked anything but lost thus far.
Adrian Peterson has collected 69 yards on 11 carries, and has scored a touchdown in this one as well.
Jared Allen has also collected two sacks on the day, giving him 11.5 on the season thus far. He has also set a Minnesota Vikings' record by racking up a sack in nine consecutive games dating back to last season. For a guy that was washed up and had been figured out by everyone, he's still pretty good, too.
We'll have to keep an eye on the offensive line situation, as Anthony Herrera appeared to have suffered a knee injury at the end of the first half. Brandon Fusco, playing in his first NFL game, came in to replace him. The trainers were putting a brace on Herrera's knee, and they were going to re-evaluate him at halftime.
We're at halftime at the Metrodome, and the Minnesota Vikings are leading by a score of 17-13. Minnesota will be on defense to start the second half, so hopefully they can get themselves a stop.