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Dan Haglund, Published November 01 2010

Around the Water Cooler: Minnesota Vikings

Four things we’re talking about after the Minnesota Vikings’ 28-18 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday:

Childress rolls dice early (and loses), then goes conservative

Minnesota head coach Brad Childress decides to go for it on fourth-and-goal in the second quarter, and the play is stuffed. Most thought a field goal would be wise here. So, for every fourth-and-short until the end of the game, Childress puckers and punts.

Harvin comes up limp, but later returns

Minnesota receiver Percy Harvin seemed to severely tweak his left ankle on a reception, leaving the game. He later has his ankle wrapped and returns to nearly full speed, leading the Vikings with six catches for 104 yards. Is Sidney Rice ready yet?

Battle of the quarterbacks

Both Minnesota QB Brett Favre and New England QB Tom Brady come out conservatively yet efficiently in the first half. Favre ends up 22-for-32 for 259 yards (with one INT, which glanced off of Harvin), and Brady is 16-for-27 for 240 yards with a TD. Favre left the game in the fourth quarter with a chin laceration requiring eight stitches.

AP gets carries early, then put on the shelf

Minnesota All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson rushes 19 times in the first half, gaining chunks of real estate. In the second half, AP gets just six rushing attempts. Peterson ends up with 92 yards on the ground and a TD.