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Harbaugh Says Slowing Peterson, Vikings Will Take a Team Effort

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 15, 2009 – 10:38 am

We mentioned in an earlier blog entry the historically significant matchup that will occur this week between QB Brett Favre and LB Ray Lewis. The significance of that matchup set aside, there’s yet another one that will be interesting to watch on Sunday – RB Adrian Peterson against Lewis.

Both players have the attitude that they can do anything they set their mind to, which combined with their supreme athletic talents and football instincts is what makes them great players.

Peterson is not afraid to lower his shoulder and be the initiator of a hit. Often times that strategy sends a message to the defender and causes hesitation in the future. But Lewis will not hesitate. Although he’s been in the league for 14 years, Lewis has not lost his edge nor has he lost his will to take on young superstar RBs.

Lewis spoke on Wednesday about the respect he has for Favre, but he also shared a similar sentiment about Peterson.

“To me, I think he plays the game the way it should be played,” Lewis said. “When he runs the football, he runs the football with things on his mind, and you can appreciate that. I don’t know if you rate him anywhere right now. I truly hope he has a great future ahead of him, bottom line. Just the way he plays football, he makes you appreciate the game.”

Peterson and Lewis are bound to have an on-field meeting Sunday, but Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said stopping Peterson and the Vikings will not be Lewis’ job exclusively.

“If we are going to have any chance, any chance to slow this offense down, we are going to have to play great team defense,” Harbaugh said. “Ray obviously will be at the heart of that along with Ed Reed and some other guys, but it’s going to have to be a team effort. You cannot slow these guys one on one. It is going to have to be a team effort. They are just too good and have too many weapons. “


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4 Responses to “Harbaugh Says Slowing Peterson, Vikings Will Take a Team Effort”

  1. By vikingsfan1955 on Oct 15, 2009 | Reply

    This will be a big test for the team one I think we will pass with flying colors.We beat them convincingly and we get the respesct we have been looking for.It will be a better game for ap because he has let the recievers do their thing but wants to show he is still the best back in the league.lewis is still a beast but stopping peterson will be hard even for hin.

  2. By HornedHelm on Oct 15, 2009 | Reply

    The Ravens are going to be fired up…not sure if they will be to fired up and overly aggresive at first…this would play to our advantage. Not sure if the game plan has a player locked on Lewis the whole game or not. I hope so. I’d like to see our Tight end Kline go head to head with lewis. Our O-line needs to create bigger gaps on the inside, AP has not been so succesful wit hthe bounce outs, I think teams are doing a better job with their cutback lanes with AP. So that falls to our O-line exploding off the ball.
    As we all know this game will be won in the trenches, and our line needs to be quick to the punch. GO VIKES regaurdles it is going to be a great game!

  3. By Doug Swanson on Oct 16, 2009 | Reply

    Go Vikes
    Also I am happpy everyone is getting the ball!!!
    Everyone is in the action–also I like to see
    the ball thrown to Peterson also—-when you got speed like that –gotta use it—get him in space
    with a chance to fly to the endzone!!!! And Harvin
    what a smart move to get him!!!!! I think we will
    get stronger and stronger as time goes on!!!!

    Doug :_)

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