Quick Reads: The value of a fumble

The Vikings and Saints put the ball on the ground Sunday -- a lot. How much did it cost?

Updated: January 25, 2010, 3:20 PM ET
By Bill Barnwell | Football Outsiders

We handed this Quick Reads intro off to Adrian Peterson, but then he dropped it.

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John David Mercer/US PresswirePeterson's fumbles cost his team more than any other running back in the league.

Maybe you saw that one coming. After the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings played a game that was more reminiscent of Pop Warner football on Sunday night, though, fumbles are on our mind.

To read just how much fumbles cost the Vikings and the Saints in Sunday's game, plus analysis of the best and worst players at QB, RB and receiver for championship weekend, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) is a staff writer for Grantland.