Aug 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Jerome Felton (42) dives for a touchdown in the first quater vs the Buffalo Bills at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-US PRESSWIRE
Things generally went pretty well for the Vikings when the first teamers were in the game. The Vikings got the ball first, and Christian Ponder led the team downfield for the first Minnesota touchdown of the pre-season. The score came on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jerome Felton, and gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead. A trio of Blair Walsh field goals and a touchdown for the Bills on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Donald Jones have given us our halftime score.
Ponder finished the evening 10-for-13 for 136 yards and the touchdown to Felton. Through two pre-season games, the Vikings' first-team offense has had four drives, and have ended all of them with points. Sure, it was three field goals and a touchdown, but even three points are better than none.
It wasn't all great for the Vikings in the first half, though.
Stephen Burton lost a fumble on a play where he appeared to get injured, though I haven't seen anything about how badly yet. Chris Cook and Kyle Rudolph also left with injuries. . .the latter having what was classed by sideline reporter Ben Leber as "an owie behind his ear". . .but it doesn't appear to be anything serious. (Never mind, Burton wasn't hurt and, in fact, made a catch in the third quarter. My apologies for the error.)
So, most of the starters are done for the evening, but that doesn't mean the excitement is over. Join us for the second half, won't you?