Peterson has short day in lopsided loss

  • Article by: Mark Craig , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 23, 2013 - 6:24 AM

“It will hurt if he leaves,” the star running back said.

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amused83Dec. 22, 1310:09 PM

Today was a perfect example of the value of a truly great running back in the NFL -- not much. You cannot build a team around a RB and certainly not one steaming toward 30 with over 10,000 yard on the tires. You win in the NFL with a QB, a passing game, a pass rush, and coverage. Any good RB will do. Start the rebuild by trading AP for picks and to get rid of his $15 million price tag. That would let the vikings take several steps toward what actually wins in the NFL -- a passing game, pass rush, and coverage. Right now they have none of the above. What they have is AP who can be shut down by good teams that put 8 in the box.

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simmys11Dec. 22, 1310:23 PM

Of course it was not worth the risk, which is why Frazier shouldn't have played him AT ALL, nor should he play next week. Just another foolish Frazier decision.

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GOODILLDec. 23, 13 9:49 AM

I would love to see them trade Peterson only so I do not have to watch another opening drive with Peterson up the middele on first and second down with no gain. Someoen please tell Musgrave that we all recognise that line up and so do oppsing defensive coordinators. this time we were deprived of the 3rd down incomplete pass and punt!!

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mauianDec. 23, 1310:33 AM

Amused83, and yet the best teams in the NFL today run more than they pass and play outstanding defense. Vikes passing offense is better than Seatles passing offense. You DO realize that, right? And by attracting 8 to stop Peterson, you DO realize teams can only drop 3 back into coverage, right? (They only play 11 men on D. So lets see, that's 3 defenders to cover 2-3 wide receivers, 1-2 tight ends. Do the math.

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mauianDec. 23, 1310:35 AM

Goodill hit the nail on the head. Vikes almost always start games by running Peterson up the middle or right. D coordinators know this and play the tendencies. If Musgrave had a half a brain, he's pass on first plays to start games.

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mankatoeastDec. 23, 1310:37 AM

Please, please,please do not play A.P. any more for the sake of the future.

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bodhisafaDec. 23, 1312:28 PM

The Bengals proved yesterday (and most of the last few seasons) that you can win in today's NFL with dominant pass rush, a solid qb and an elite offensive line. Dalton had all day to throw on almost every passing play. When he couldn't find a receiver (which was rare) he used his legs to hurt us. Their defense severely outplayed our offense all game. Amazing how good a defense can look when they can generate consistent pressure with only 4 guys. The scary part was their top D-lineman has been out for weeks, on IR. If the Vikings organization was smart, they would be wise to offload Peterson, load up on picks as much as possible and draft O-line and Dline / and a playmaking linebacker. Resign Gerhart, and pickup a decent QB, who has a few good years left. It should be no surprise the Vikings best seasons have come when they signed a veteran QB that still has some tread left, see Jeff George / Warren Moon / Randal Cunningham / Brett Favre eras. The Bengals might be the only team in the playoffs that can advance past wild card weekend (which they haven't done with Dalton to this point) without a superstar QB. Hero QBs are a rare commodity in today's league (maybe 10 out of 32 teams have one). For the rest of us, we need Andy Dalton types and dominant defense and offensive lines. The Vikings have none of the three at this point. Isn't Rothlisberger a Free Agent next year? Might be wise to give his agent a call.

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bodhisafaDec. 23, 1312:36 PM

PS. The Vikings opening play in almost every game is a delayed draw to Peterson. Remember he scored against the Lions on it week one? He made about 5 guys miss on that play, but basically hasn't been able to do that since. Either our O-line isn't what it was last year, or Adrian isn't 100% healthy. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. Check it out next Sunday, opening delayed hand-off. Musgrave is the defition of predictable and better be shown the door come year end. Why the Vikings always let go of the wrong coaches is beyond me. Remember Darrell Bevell? Yea, he's the mastermind behind the offense in Seattle. What do we get? Straight dives on 1st down.

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bigbradDec. 23, 13 1:51 PM

DO NOT TRADE ADRIAN PETERSON!!! He only needs 840 yards to break the NFL season rushing record... Adrian said he would "Definitely" break that record this year. This Sunday is his last chance to do what he said he would do... Gonna be a great accomplishment to see him run 840 yards in a single game to definitely break that record... Go AP...

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sudzzzDec. 23, 13 1:53 PM

So...who are we gonna keep--AD or Gearhart? 'Cause one of 'em's gone...

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