After Adrian Peterson went out with an injury, quarterback Christian Ponder converted a third down with a 28-yard run that put the Vikings at midfield. A few plays later, from the Oakland 21-yard line, Ponder tried to find Percy Harvin on a corner route, but threw it into double coverage and was intercepted by Raiders' safety Matt Giordano, who returned it to the Oakland 47-yard line.
From there, the Raiders went to work behind quarterback Carson Palmer. On a 3rd-and-8 from the Minnesota 11-yard line, Palmer threw a brilliant pass to the back corner of the end zone to Chaz Schliens, who caught it between two defenders for the touchdown and a 10-7 Raiders lead.
Still waiting for further word on running back Adrian Peterson, but indicators are that his return for the second half is probable, which is good news for the Vikings.
With 9:10 remaining in the first half of play at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Oakland Raiders by a score of 10-7.