Sunday, October 31, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Patriots 28, Vikings 18
By Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots knocked Brett Favre out of the game, held Randy Moss to a single catch and beat the Minnesota Vikings 28-18 in Gillette Stadium.
What it means: With the New York Jets losing earlier Sunday, the Patriots assumed sole possession of first place at 6-1.
Pryor scores the knockout: No, not Aaron Pryor. Patriots defensive lineman Myron Pryor delivered the blow that sent Favre to the locker room with 7:31 left in the game. Pryor's helmet nailed Favre in the chin, opening a nasty cut and making Favre wobbly.
Moss not a factor: Moss was quiet in his return to Gillette Stadium. He had one catch for 8 yards and no touchdowns, but he could have had an easy one. After drawing a pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter, he gave up on a play, allowing the ball to land nearby at the goal line for an incompletion. Favre threw at him once in the first half.
Law Firm closes the deal: With 35 minutes gone, Danny Woodhead was New England's leading rusher with 7 yards. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (aka The Law Firm) pounded out the victory with 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.
Big man Tate: Patriots receiver Brandon Tate scored his first NFL receiving touchdown on an improvised route with Tom Brady scrambling. Tate turned up the left sideline. Brady found him wide open, and Tate ran diagonally across the field for 65 yards.
What's next: Bill Belichick gets to shake hands with old pal Eric Mangini next week, when the Patriots visit the Cleveland Browns.