Last September, the Vikings routinely held leads at halftime. And routinely blew them.
This year, the Vikings for the second straight week take a lead over a 2011 playoff team into the locker room. Last year, they led the 49ers by 14; this week, Minnesota leads Detroit by seven.
Apart from a game-opening kickoff return for a touchdown from Percy Harvin, the two offenses have managed four field goals among them. The Vikings have leaned on the run, with 67 yards on the ground and only 59 through the air from quarterback Christian Ponder. The Lions have been pass-heavy, churning up 116 yards and only 15 rushing.
The game has been devoid of miscues and drama, with no fumbles or interceptions or missed field goals or anything else worth mentioning.
If the Lions don’t turn it around, there won’t be anything worth mentioning about their season.