Sep 14, 2014 7:07 PM

Thinking straight again

MINNEAPOLIS – The New England Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence, though he might not have made much of a difference. Six sacks, four interceptions from Matt Cassel and a blocked field goal for a touchdown doomed the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, as the Patriots breezed to a 30-7 win, coach Bill Belichick’s 200th. “I certainly never got into coaching expecting that to ever happen,” Belichick said, “so it is very gratifying to reach that milestone. But what it really says is I had a lot of really good players.” Tom Brady went 15 for 22 for 149 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers, and Cassel’s first start against his close friend and former mentor was a dud. Devin McCourty, Darrelle Revis, Logan Ryan and Dominique Easley all picked him off, setting up 17 points for the Patriots and prompting chants from the crowd for rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel finished 19 for 36 for 202 yards. New England defensive end Chandler Jones had two sacks and returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime. This was Brady’s 149th win as a starter, pushing him past John Elway into third place on the all-time list behind Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. “I don’t think about those things too much, but I’m glad we won and hopefully we can do better next week,” Brady said. Matt Asiata had only 36 yards on 13 carries in place of Peterson, who was deactivated after being charged with child abuse Friday in Texas.


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