Vikings
Jets
37 - 20 Final
  for this game

Pennington struggles as Vikings top Jets

Aug 18, 2007 - 3:10 AM EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Chad Pennington finally threw some passes in the preseason, but the Minnesota Vikings took two of them back the other way for scores.

Darren Sharper and Chad Greenway intercepted Pennington and returned them for touchdowns as the Vikings forced four turnovers and cruised to a 37-20 preseason victory over the New York Jets.

Rookie Adrian Peterson carried eight times for 70 yards and a score and Minnesota added a third defensive touchdown on a fumble return by Brian Robison in the third quarter.

Pennington was the starter in last week's preseason win over Atlanta, but did nothing but hand off the ball in his brief appearance. Pennington played the first quarter on Friday and completed 7-of-10 passes for 40 yards, but also made two costly mistakes.

Sharper stepped in front of a pass intended for tight end Chris Baker and raced 40 yards for a score just 3:36 into the contest. Two possessions later, Greenway stepped in front a pass for running back Leon Washington and coasted into the end zone for a 16-yard score.

Minnesota (1-1) has returned three interceptions for scores in its first two games.

The Vikings pushed their lead to 21-6 early in the second quarter when Peterson had a 43-yard burst up the left side to set up his three-yard TD run.

Kellen Clemens threw a 35-yard TD pass to Justin McCareins and Mike Nugent kicked field goals of 19 and 34 yards for the Jets (1-1) in the first half.

The Jets' Pete Kendall, being tried at center, snapped the ball over the head of Clemens in the third quarter and Robison picked the ball up and fell into the end zone to make it 31-13. Kendall had another errant snap out of shotgun formation in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota's Tarvaris Jackson started at quarterback and played just a few series, completing 2-of-4 passes for 12 yards.

Ryan Longwell kicked a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter to give Minnesota a 24-13 halftime lead. He added field goals of 22 and 27 yards in the second half.

Marques Tuiasosopo, the Jets' fourth quarterback, threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jason Pociask with 2:22 left.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 14 10 10 3 37
    NY JETS 3 10 0 7 20 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MIN - TD, DARREN SHARPER 40 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (RYAN LONGWELL KICK), 3:36.
    MINNESOTA 7-0
    NYJ - FG, MIKE NUGENT 19 YD, 9:09. MINNESOTA
    7-3
    MIN - TD, CHAD GREENWAY 16 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETUR

    Aug 17 11:06 PM


  • NFL
    FG MIN
    RYAN LONGWELL 27 YD
    MINNESOTA 37
    NY JETS 20 0:30 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 11:02 PM


  • NFL
    TD NYJ
    JASON POCIASK 23 YD PASS FROM MARQUES TUIASOSOPO
    (MIKE NUGENT KICK)
    MINNESOTA 34
    NY JETS 20 2:22 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 10:54 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 14 10 10 34
    NY JETS 3 10 0 13 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MIN - TD, DARREN SHARPER 40 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (RYAN LONGWELL KICK), 3:36.
    MINNESOTA 7-0
    NYJ - FG, MIKE NUGENT 19 YD, 9:09. MINNESOTA
    7-3
    MIN - TD, CHAD GREENWAY 16 YD INTERCEPTION

    Aug 17 10:26 PM


  • NFL
    FG MIN
    RYAN LONGWELL 22 YD
    MINNESOTA 34
    NY JETS 13 2:07 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 10:22 PM


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    TD MIN
    BRIAN ROBISON 3 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    MINNESOTA 31
    NY JETS 13 6:18 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 10:10 PM


  • NFL
    FG MIN
    RYAN LONGWELL 54 YD
    MINNESOTA 24
    NY JETS 13 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Aug 17 9:32 PM


  • NFL
    FG MIN
    RYAN LONGWELL 54 YD
    MINNESOTA 24
    NY JETS 13 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 9:32 PM


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    TD NYJ
    JUSTIN MCCAREINS 35 YD PASS FROM KELLEN CLEMENS
    (MIKE NUGENT KICK)
    MINNESOTA 21
    NY JETS 13 4:36 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 9:19 PM


  • NFL
    TD MIN
    ADRIAN PETERSON 3 YD RUN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    MINNESOTA 21
    NY JETS 6 10:25 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 9:03 PM
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  • NFL
    FG NYJ
    MIKE NUGENT 34 YD
    MINNESOTA 14
    NY JETS 6 14:21 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 8:53 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 14 14
    NY JETS 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MIN - TD, DARREN SHARPER 40 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (RYAN LONGWELL KICK), 3:36.
    MINNESOTA 7-0
    NYJ - FG, MIKE NUGENT 19 YD, 9:09. MINNESOTA
    7-3
    MIN - TD, CHAD GREENWAY 16 YD INTERCEPTION

    Aug 17 8:50 PM


  • NFL
    TD MIN
    CHAD GREENWAY 16 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    MINNESOTA 14
    NY JETS 3 3:28 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 8:44 PM


  • NFL
    FG NYJ
    MIKE NUGENT 19 YD
    MINNESOTA 7
    NY JETS 3 5:51 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 8:31 PM


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    TD MIN
    DARREN SHARPER 40 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
    MINNESOTA 7
    NY JETS 0 11:24 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 8:18 PM
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    Vikings vs. JetsAug 17 5:04 PM