The Minnesota Vikings struggled without running back Adrian Peterson as they lost to the New England Patriots, 30-7.
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The New England Patriots suffered a shocking upset in their season opener to the Miami Dolphins, but they bounced back with a vengeance against the Minnesota Vikings and beat them, 30-7.
The Vikings took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a touchdown pass by quarterback Matt Cassel to running back Matt Asiata, who took over as the starter for Adrian Peterson.
The Patriots secondary showed what it’s made of as they came up with four interceptions, including one from cornerback Darrelle Revis, who got his first in a Patriots uniform.
The Patriots pass rush also shined with six sacks, including two apiece from linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Chandler Jones.
Quarterback Tom Brady was efficient with 149 yards and a touchdown pass on 15-of-22 passing, and running back Stevan Ridley had a much better game with 101 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Julian Edelman led the Patriots receivers with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.