Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) scrambles for yards as he approaches Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant (52) and linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) in the third quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: Five Things in Review


I proposed five things to watch that could help tell the story of the game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. Here is a quick look at how each played out.

1. Return yardage
The Lions were burned by a kick and punt return for touchdowns when the Lions and Vikings met in Detroit but that wasn’t a problem yesterday. The Vikings were without Percy Harvin and the Lions kept Marcus Sherels from getting loose. Hooray progress.

2. Passing Yards
Christian Ponder’s 221 passing yards isn’t a gaudy number by any stretch of the imagination but it was a nice total compared to some others he’s put up recently and the Vikings were able to mount a balanced offensive attack.

3. Kickers
It’s generally not a good thing to have to settle for field goals but it is a lot better than settling for punts. Blair Walsh kicked three first half field goals while Jason Hanson never even had the chance.

4. The new trend?
The Lions took their first lead into halftime against the Jaguars a week ago but found themselves down once again to the Vikings. The poor first half was just like many we have seen from the Lions this year. Not a good sign.

5. Pass Rush
The Lions sacked Christian Ponder just once and Ponder was generally able to escape pressure to find an open man. The pass rush was unable to cause an errant throw that could have been the big play the Lions defense needed.

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