Picture Perfect Vikings by Hopes and Dreams

Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers - September 21, 2008

Vikings 20, Panthers 10

Heading into the HHH Metrodome was like a death match for many tailgaters, knowing too well that the Vikings had an 0-2 record, while the Panthers had a 2-0 record... knowing too well that QB Tarvaris Jackson had been benched by Childress... and knowing that Adrian Peterson was questionable due to a hamstring injury.

As the hushed crowd quietly headed to the stadium, a few of us talked and joked around. Okay, it was me.

Record schmecord. We didn't care. We have a longer running record. When we are there, the Vikings win. It's not luck, so much as undefeatable confidence.

The Panthers got ahead by ten at the start of the second quarter. That's where the Vikings stopped them. The Vikings defense prevented the Panthers from scoring the rest of the game by consistently pressuring and hurrying Panther's quarterback Jake Delhomme. Left Cornerback Antoine Winfield got a touchdown after blitzing Delhomme, recovering the fumble, and running the ball 19 yards. Middle linebacker E.J. Henderson had 11 tackles.

The Vikings offense covered Gus Frerotte, giving him time to pass for
204 yards and a touchdown, scored by tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Adrian Peterson, less than fully covered, ran for 77 yards on 17 carries.

What a perfect game!

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