By Joe Oberle |

The Minnesota Vikings returned to form on Sunday at the Metrodome as they put together a complete performance to defeat the Detroit Lions 34-24 — their second victory over the Lions this season. The Vikings (6-4, 2-0 in the NFC North) came into the game on a two-game losing skid that was the result of porous rushing defense, poor quarterback play and a non-existent passing game. On Sunday against the Lions (winners of three of their last four games), the Vikings won because they excelled in those areas.

QB Christian Ponder started the game with an easy completion (by design) to his fullback in the flats, and his confidence appeared to soar from there. He spread the ball around to 10 different receivers (including himself, when a blocked pass ended up in his hands for a 15-yard loss), and kept the Vikings in the game with two touchdown passes until his star running back Adrian Peterson took over the game in the fourth quarter.

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