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Lovell's field goal spoils Vikings' defensive effort

Aug 11, 2007 - 3:10 AM MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Vikings' defense, which lost its starting middle linebacker from last season, got a boost from backup linebacker Dontarrious Thomas in the preseason opener.

Thomas intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass and returned it 82 yards for a third-quarter touchdown in the Vikings' 13-10 preseason loss to the St. Louis Rams on Friday night.

A pair of fourth-quarter field goals by rookie Kevin Lovell, including a 40-yarder as time expired, rallied the Rams to victory.

The Vikings had the league's top-ranked rush defense last season, and Napolean Harris - who left for Kansas City - was a big part of it. Harris was third on the team in tackles with 96, and solidified the middle linebacker position.

Minnesota's leading tackler last season, E.J. Henderson with 142, has moved into the middle, while last year's first-round pick, Chad Greenway, currently is the starter on the outside. Greenway missed all of his first season with a knee injury.

They helped to hold the high-powered Rams' offense to just seven points in the first half. Quarterback Marc Bulger was 6-for-7 for 42 yards with an interception.

Rams running back Steven Jackson, who led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage last season, didn't record any carries but caught two balls for eight yards.

Trying to prove he is worthy of Minnesota's starting quarterback position, Tarvaris Jackson went 8-for-11 for 83 yards. He led the Vikings on a 13-play, 65-yard drive for the game's first score, a Ryan Longwell 30-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Brooks Bollinger - Minnesota's other potential starter at quarterback - came on in the second quarter and completed 4-for-6 passes for 23 yards.

Minnesota also got its first look at running back Adrian Peterson, its No. 7 overall draft pick. Peterson played much of the first half and into the second, carrying the ball 11 times for 33 yards.

Rams rookie running back Brian Leonard showed he is adjusting well to life in the NFL.

Leonard, a college fullback who is making the move to running back, ran for 36 yards, caught five passes for 30 more and scored the game's first touchdown to put St. Louis up, 7-3.

After Longwell's field goal, the Rams went 73 yards in 11 plays, ending in Leonard's 10-yard touchdown run up the middle.

Despite the presence of Jackson, Leonard was a second-round draft choice in this April's college draft.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 7 0 6 13
    MINNESOTA 0 3 7 0 10 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: MIN - FG, RYAN LONGWELL 29 YD, 5:30.
    MINNESOTA 3-0
    STL - TD, BRIAN LEONARD 10 YD RUN (KEVIN
    LOVELL KICK), 10:49. ST LOUIS 7-3
    3RD QUARTER: MIN - TD, DONTARRIOUS THOMAS 82 YD

    Aug 10 10:57 PM


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    FG STL
    KEVIN LOVELL 40 YD
    ST LOUIS 13
    MINNESOTA 10 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Aug 10 10:56 PM


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    FG STL
    KEVIN LOVELL 40 YD
    ST LOUIS 13
    MINNESOTA 10 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Rams vs. VikingsAug 10 10:56 PM
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    Rams vs. VikingsAug 10 10:56 PM
  • 62
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 62 roots (Close Finish)

    Rams vs. VikingsAug 10 10:45 PM


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    FG STL
    KEVIN LOVELL 39 YD
    ST LOUIS 10
    MINNESOTA 10 13:08 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Rams vs. VikingsAug 10 10:22 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 7 0 7
    MINNESOTA 0 3 7 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: MIN - FG, RYAN LONGWELL 29 YD, 5:30.
    MINNESOTA 3-0
    STL - TD, BRIAN LEONARD 10 YD RUN (KEVIN
    LOVELL KICK), 10:49. ST LOUIS 7-3
    3RD QUARTER: MIN - TD, DONTARRIOUS THOMAS

    Aug 10 10:15 PM


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    TD MIN
    DONTARRIOUS THOMAS 82 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    ST LOUIS 7
    MINNESOTA 10 9:49 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Rams vs. VikingsAug 10 9:43 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 7 7
    MINNESOTA 0 3 3 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: MIN - FG, RYAN LONGWELL 29 YD, 5:30.
    MINNESOTA 3-0
    STL - TD, BRIAN LEONARD 10 YD RUN (KEVIN
    LOVELL KICK), 10:49. ST LOUIS 7-3

    Aug 10 9:21 PM


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    TD STL
    BRIAN LEONARD 10 YD RUN
    (KEVIN LOVELL KICK)
    ST LOUIS 7
    MINNESOTA 3 4:11 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rams vs. VikingsAug 10 9:00 PM


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    FG MIN
    29 YD
    ST LOUIS 0
    MINNESOTA 3 9:30 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rams vs. VikingsAug 10 8:49 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 0
    MINNESOTA 0 0 END, 1ST QTR

    Aug 10 8:41 PM
  • mark mike martz + ford field turf + too many receivers, means the lions are gonna be real fun to watch this year.

    Rams vs. VikingsAug 10 5:02 PM
  • ocramsfan Watching the lions last night was like watching the Rams. Waht a game!!

    Rams vs. VikingsAug 10 3:17 PM