Things are starting to look ugly early for the Minnesota Vikings in Detroit against the Lions, folks.
On Minnesota's second offensive series, Percy Harvin took an end-around handoff for 32 yards to put the Vikings into Detroit territory. On the next play, Christian Ponder threw to a wide open Alphonso Smith. . .the problem with this being that Alphonso Smith is a member of the Detroit Lions, not the Minnesota Vikings. The interception gave the Lions the ball back near midfield.
Three plays later, after another sack by Jared Allen, Matthew Stafford found rookie Titus Young wide open on a 3rd-and-14 play for a 57-yard touchdown catch to give the Lions a 14-0 lead. Cedric Griffin started out covering Young. . .and I use the word "covering" very loosely there. . .but by the time Stafford saw him, there was nobody even close to him.
So, with 9:45 left in the first quarter at Ford Field, the Vikings have already turned the ball over twice and find themselves trailing the Detroit Lions by a score of 14-0.