Patterson, Defense Shine In Opener
ST. LOUIS -- Cordarrelle Patterson scored on an electrifying touchdown run and the defense collected five sacks and two interceptions in today's 34-6 dismantling of the Rams.
The win was the first in Head Coach Mike Zimmer's career.
The Vikings have the look of a much improved team on both sides of the ball as a number of big plays were made by the corps of young talent.
Matt Cassel orchestrated a semi-conservative offensive gameplan, throwing for only 170 yards, but tossed two touchdowns and did not turn the ball over.
Adrian Peterson had a somewhat un-flashy game as he averaged only 3.5 yards per carry.
The eighth-year running back did finish the game with 93 total yards including a nice, nine-yard catch-and-run that set up a touchdown.
The first half was sloppy for both teams as penalties and missed opportunities were rampant in a 6-0 game late in the second quarter.
The game took a turn as Rams quarterback, Shaun Hill, threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted wonderfully by Vikings cornerback, Josh Robinson.
Greg Jennings made a nice grab in the back of the endzone just before halftime to give the Vikings a 13-0 lead.
The second half saw Cordarrelle Patterson line up in the backfield, take a pitch and weave through the entire Rams defense on a fantastic, 67-yard run.
Kyle Rudolph later caught Cassel's second touchdown pass of the day and safety Harrison Smith slammed the door on the Rams, taking an interception back 81 yards for a score.
"Harry the Hitman", as he is nicknamed, also provided a pass deflection and a sack as he seemed to be making plays all over the field.
NEXT: The Vikings play host to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots next Sunday at noon.