The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited the Metrodome and soundly beat the Vikings.
Green Bay won their match. The Lions won their match. They're tied for first with 2-0 records.
The Bears were defeated, locking them solidly in second place with a 1-1 record.
The Vikings hold solid to their last-place position with a 0-2 record.
As with last week, they started out strong, forcing the Bucs to go 3-and-out, and then marching down the field for a touchdown. Adrian Peterson got a few Vikings records for rushing touchdowns and yards. They played well in the first half, leading 0-17 at the half.
The Buccaneers got a better second-half, holding the Vikings to just one field goal in the fourth quarter, while amassing 24 points of their own, winning 24-20.
The Vikings looked like they put their second-string in for the second half. They slowed, but never stopped the Buccaneers as they trudged across the field to score. The Vikings, on the other hand made me sleepy.
The best part of the game was being there, though. With the new offspring, getting to Vikings games is going to be tough as the facility and energy at the games aren't nearly as kid-friendly as the Twins games allow (she's been to 11 of those, with three more planned before the end of the season). As such, we've decided to sell our tickets this season to others. We want to keep the seats and the seniority that comes with being a season-ticket owner for either when it's more possible to take her, or to see what seats we might be able to score in a new stadium (if that ever happens); we got great seats at Target Field after just four years of ownership--this is our seventh for the Vikings.
We were generously offered some sitting for the game from our good friends. We decided that in addition to being one of the few games we could attend, it'd probably be one of the few times the wife could ride on the Valkyrie. For obvious reasons, there's no place to put an infant on a motorcycle. We both drove over there, and planned to leave the Jeep behind, returning to fetch it with the two-foot-tall fan after the game.
It rained. It rained before we left, but wasn't raining while we were driving. It sprinkled a little as we were leaving our friends' house to head to the Dome. It was raining really hard for the first mile or so before I decided it was going to be too brutal to continue for the not-quite ten more we had to travel, so we returned and took the Jeep instead.
We were both wet, but after being in the Jeep, sitting through that traffic, and experiencing the rain while protected with the roof and glass, we were grateful for having made the smarter choice, even if it was a little late. Of course, the rain stopped just as we took the exit from the freeway to the Dome area.
One of the perks of the motorcycle is that the parking lot across the street charges $5 for two-wheelers (or $30 for four-wheelers). We parked in a ramp instead (for $20) across the street from the dome. We managed a spot on the second level, so there wasn't even a tremendous wait to exit.
While we waited, we got to hear the great six-run comeback inning the Indians threw down against the Twins.