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Notebook: A.D. limited in carries, success

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The Vikings say they are a run-first offense, but even in the first half, when the Giants led by no more than four points, Minnesota abandoned the run early with Adrian Peterson's worst average in nearly three years. Plus, Freeman's bad performances are coming in a record-setting season for QB efficiency, the interception woes continue on defense, and many other statistical notes.

The Vikings gave Josh Freeman two weeks to prepare in their offense and then had him throw the ball 53 times in a 23-7 loss to the New York Giants Monday night. In turn, that meant few turns for Adrian Peterson. Peterson was held to 28 yards on 13 carries, just a 2.2-yard average. Only four times previously in his career has Peterson been held to a lower average. The last time? Against the New...

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