They were supposed to suck. In a division that featured three legitimate contenders, the Minnesota Vikings were a distant afterthought.

Opening day saw them beat Jacksonville in an overtime thriller. The Vikings followed that up with a loss to the Colts – should not happen. Their victory over San Francisco last week was the stuff that drives degenerate gamblers to make rash decisions. Are they for real? Could a team led by former Florida State Seminole Christian Ponder – who was awful last year – be considered a true threat?

The answer is yes. The Vikings lead at halftime on the road in Detroit. Thanks to Brandon Pettigrew continuing to suck – drop city – the lead is seven.

Percy Harvin’s 105 kickoff return was the longest in team history and the longest to open a game since 1961. Via Matt Clapp and SB Nation here is the magic in GIF form:


Ponder has been economical if not incredibly safe, with ten completions for 59 yards. Adrian Peterson is halfway to another 100 yard performance. But what will make this team a true threat in a division that was overrated prior to the season is a defensive unit that is stopping the run and pass with high success. The Lions leading rusher at the half is Nate Burleseon with eight yards. Enough said.

Update: They’ve done it again. Marcus Sherels returns a punt 77 yards to put the Vikings up 20-6 in the third quarter. Special teams for the win.