The Minnesota Vikings suffered two tough losses today. They lost a close one to the Baltimore Ravens, 29-26, with a very intense final two minutes. But more importantly, they lost arguably the best running back in the league in Adrian Peterson, who suffered a leg injury early in the game and was carted off the field and didn’t return.
For Baltimore, quarterback Joe Flacco threw the ball 50 times, while only completing 28 of those passes, for 245 yards. Flacco also threw three touchdowns and three interceptions as well. Ray Rice led the team in rushing, with 17 carries for 67 yards. Leading the receiving category for the Ravens was wide receiver Marlon Brown, who caught seven passes for 92 yards, including the game-winning touchdown.
Minnesota, aside from Peterson’s injury, were able to get the ball moving very fluidly for the most part. The team had a few fumbles, but other than that, they played pretty well despite losing their best player for more than a half. Back up running back Toby Gerhart did well in Peterson’s absence, rushing 15 times for 89 yards and a score.
Cordarrelle Patterson led the receiving category for the game with five catches for 141 yards and a late touchdown that was the go-ahead score with less than a minute.
All in all, with the loss, the Vikings have fallen to 3-9-1 on the season, while Baltimore moved to 7-6. The Vikings will take on the Eagles next week, and Baltimore will get the Lions.