Rapid Reaction: Vikings 38, Rams 10

October, 11, 2009
10/11/09
3:48
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert


ST. LOUIS -- I sat here two weeks ago and watched Green Bay beat the Rams by 19 points. I thought the same thing then as I feel now after watching Minnesota win by 28 points.

Both games could have been much closer.

Sunday, the Vikings scored one touchdown when Rams quarterback Kyle Boller dropped the ball. (Defensive end Jared Allen picked it up and ran 52 yards for a touchdown.) And the Rams managed only three points on four trips to the red zone. They committed three turnovers inside the 10-yard line, two of which could be safely classified as “unforced.” (A botched exchange between Boller and tailback Steven Jackson, and an interception of a deflected pass.)

I guess good teams make their own luck and bad teams create much of their own trouble. That’s pretty much the way I saw Sunday’s game at the Edward Jones Dome. Not a lot of drama, but only one team on the field appeared capable of winning.

No matter how it happened, of course, the Vikings emerged from Week 5 with a perfect 5-0 record. (First 5-0 start in quarterback Brett Favre’s career, by the way.) There’s something to be said about doing what you’re supposed to do. But I don’t think there’s any doubt they’ll face more capable competition in Week 6 against Baltimore.

Back with you in a few hours.

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