Julian Edelman single handedly beat the Vikings in their outdoor premier at TCF Bank Stadium. The crowd was loud at kickoff, but that only lasted for about the first 10 minutes of the first quarter.
The Vikings opened the game with nice drive that culminated with a 25 yard Matt Cassel to Matt Asiata touchdown pass. That was all that Vikings fans had to cheer about. The Vikings offense sputtered the rest of the game. Asiata started the game in place of Adrian Peterson, who was deactivated on Saturday after being indicted for taking a switch to his 4 year old son. It was tough going for Asiata.
It wasn’t really the play of the Patriots that beat the Vikings, more the turnovers my Cassel. His last interception of 4 coming in the fourth quarter on a pass tipped by Asiata and intercepted by the Patriots. Vikings fans won’t put up with play like that from their quarterback for too long. Chants of TEDDY, TEDDY started towards the end of the second half. Another interception was returned to the Vikings 1 yard line and a few plays later turned into 6 points.
Special teams wasn’t much better. The Patriots blocked a Blair Walsh field goal attempt and ran it in for a touchdown and had nice returns on punts giving them nice field position.
It’s hard to tell if the play of the Vikings was affected by the Peterson situation. One could say they were affected. The offensive line was outplayed and Cassel was sacked 6 times and rushed several other times.
Should be an interesting week at Winter Park. It will be interesting to see how long a leash Matt Cassel with have. Zimmer has said in the past that the quarterback position is like any other position and they must play well to continue to start.
Final score, New England 30 – Minnesota 7