The Minnesota Vikings beat the St. Louis Rams, 34-6, in their season opener as they sacked the Rams’ opposing quarterbacks five times.
The Minnesota Vikings got off to a fast start with a 34-6 win over the St. Louis Rams, who clearly felt the sting of losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford.
Shaun Hill played in his first game as the Rams’ starting quarterback, and he struggled with only 81 yards and an interception before being taken out of the game with a calf injury.
Austin Davis stepped in for Hill and didn’t play much better, throwing for 192 yards but throwing no touchdowns and an interception.
The Rams offensive line looked noticeably shaky as it allowed five sacks. Wide receiver Brian Quick had a solid performance with a team-leading seven receptions and 99 yards though.
For the Vikings, quarterback Matt Cassel looked efficient with 170 yards and two touchdowns on 17-for-25 passing. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson looked electric as he rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on three carries, which came mostly from a 67-yard touchdown run. Running back Adrian Peterson was held to 75 yards on 21 carries.
The Vikings pass rush looked dominant with five sacks, and defensive end Everson Griffen led the way with two sacks.