|Vikings Start 2014 with Win
|By Sally Haase
September 7, 2014
It did not take long for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer to record his first regular season
win of his career. His Minnesota Vikings took care of that in convincing fashion with a road
win over the St. Louis Rams 34-6. Both teams had some beginning rust on them with
botched snaps on both sides of the ball, but it was the Rams mistakes that caused problems.
The Vikings started off the game with an 11 play drive covering 56 yards and ending with a
successful field goal attempt of 52 yards on the leg of Blair Walsh to give the Vikings a 3-0
lead with 9:27 in the first quarter. The Vikings would add another kick for 46 yards 44
seconds into the second quarter for a 6-0 lead.
With starting quarterback Sam Bradford out for likely the whole season, the Rams are lead
by journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill, who was starting in his first game since he was with
the Detroit Lions in 2012. Hill was intercepted by Josh Robinson with 1:09 remaining in the
half, that interception lead to a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings with .22 seconds left in the
half. The teams went into halftime with a 13-0 lead by the Vikings.
Hill injured his calf at some point in the first half and was replaced by Austin Davis to start the
second half. Davis was able to lead the Rams far enough into Vikings territory for a field goal
attempt. The attempt was good and the Rams were on the board 13-3 at 10:11 in the third
quarter. The Viking would add another touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in
the third on 67 yards run by Cordarrelle Patterson to give the Vikings a 20-3 lead. With six
and a half minutes left in the game, the Vikings were forced to punt, but a roughing the kicker
penalty on the Rams gave the Vikings the ball and they took advantage with a big pass play
to Rhett Ellison that set up a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, extending the lead 27-3. The
Vikings put the game on ice with a pick 6 by Harrison Smith of over 80 yards to make the
score 34-3. The Rams added a field goal with 92 seconds remaining to seal the final score.
Next week the Rams with travel to Tampa to play the Buccaneers with the Vikings will have
their home opener against the New England Patriots.