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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