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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Minnesota sprints out of the gate


Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

MINNEAPOLIS -- Well. Minnesota has jumped out to a near-effortless 14-0 lead here at the Metrodome. And we’ve still got 6:16 left in the first quarter.

Capitalizing on field position at the 39-yard line and the 45-yard line, respectively, the Vikings’ offense has rumbled to a pair of touchdown drives. Brett Favre and company only faced one third down along the way, and eventually they converted on passes of 19 yards to Visanthe Shiancoe and 4 yards to Bernard Berrian. The Vikings continue to take on defenses stacked against the run. So far Sunday, they have passed on five of their first 13 plays.

(Classic pick play by rookie Percy Harvin on Berrian’s touchdown, by the way.)

The Ravens, meanwhile, have gone three-and-out on their first two drives. Through two possessions for each team, Minnesota led in total yards 107 to (minus) 3. There is a long way to go, but the Vikings have done exactly what they hoped to do: Jump out ahead early -- in a big way.