Cordarrelle Patterson was a one man highlight reel for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. His 67 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter was icing on the cake as the Vikings started the regular season 1-0 with a win in St Louis, 34-6. The Vikings offense had a slow start, only scoring 13 points in the first half.
The big play being an interception by Josh Robinson at the Rams 35 yard line with 1:13 left in the first half. That interception leading to a Matt Cassel to Greg Jennings 8 yard touchdown pass. Vikings 13- Rams 0 going into the locker room at halftime.
The Vikings defense looked solid during the first half. They did give up some yardage through the air, but their run defense was stellar. While they did give up some yards, they didn’t allow the Rams to score.
The second half wasn’t much different than the first except the offense seemed to take over the game. The defense had to deal with the Rams 3rd string QB Austin Davis as Shawn Hill was dinged up with a calf injury. Davis made some nice throws, finishing the game 16/23 for 192 yards.
The Vikings defense made it tough for the Rams to score many points. All they could muster was 2 field goals in the second half. Harrison Smith put the last nail in the coffin with his 81 yard interception returned for a touchdown with 3:18 left in the 4th quarter. Cassel also had a 7 yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph at the 6:35 mark of the 4th quarter. Cassel finished the game 17/25 for 170 yards and 0 interceptions. Patterson out rushed Adrian Peterson 102 to 75 yards.
Notables on defense: Sharrif Floyd (2 tackles), Linval Joseph (5 tackles-1 sack), Harrison Smith (2 tackles, 1 sack and 1 int.), Everson Griffen (3 tackle-2 sacks) and Gerald Hodges (4 tackles). Anthony Barr was all over the field as well. Vikings defense registered 5 sacks against the Rams and 2 interceptions.