Halftime: Vikings trail 7-3 in sloppy conditions at Baltimore
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There were dropped passes, fumbles and slips as the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens played a sloppy first half at the snowy M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
But nothing hurt worse for the Vikings than running back Adrian Peterson's exit in the second quarter with an apparent right ankle injury. His return is questionable.
Down 7-3, the Vikings were unable to create any points off their first interception by an active player since linebacker Chad Greenway's pick in London on Sept. 29. Greenway picked off Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on the first drive of the game, but the Matt Cassel-led Vikings went three-and-out.
Peterson couldn't find much room to work with before his exit as he finished with seven carries for 13 yards in the first quarter. Right guard Brandon Fusco left the game in the first quarter, leaving reserve lineman Joe Berger to fill in.
The Vikings held the league's worst rushing team (2.9 yards-per-carry this season) to just 38 rushing yards in the first half as running back Ray Rice gained just 2.3 yards per carry. Rice found more room to work with in the passing game, catching three passes for 34 yards against one of the NFL's worst pass defenses.
The Ravens' lone touchdown came off a seemingly botched review by the umpire crew as running back Toby Gerhart fumbled away a carry to safety Matt Elam. However, on second look, Gerhart's knee looked down before the ball came loose. The call was not overturned and the Ravens scored four plays later on a touchdown pass to tight end Ed Dickson.
Cassel threw for 114 yards in the first half and found rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson for three catches and 58 receiving yards, which is a career high for Patterson. However, he could not find the endzone as rookie punter Jeff Locke punted five times for a 43.6-yard average in the first half.
Defensive end Brian Robison recorded his seventh sack of the season in the first quarter and he now has one in each of the last four games. Defensive end Jared Allen tied Robison for the team high with his seventh sack, which ended the Ravens drive just before halftime.