Heading into last weekend, the Vikings streak of 27 straight games of not allowing a 100-yard rushing individual was 2nd to the Baltimore Ravens streak of 38 consecutive games.
While the Vikings held Rams RB Steven Jackson under the 100-yard mark to increase their streak to 28 games, the Ravens surrendered 120 yards to Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson, ending their impressive streak.
So now, as Vikings prepare to host a Ravens team that has lost 2 consecutive close games and a Ravens defense that is chomping at the bit to begin a new streak against opposing RBs, they know this Baltimore defense will be an angry one.
“You will see an angry defense,” Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “We have to match the intensity that they are going to bring. We pride ourselves on running the ball. We would like to be the second one in a row to rush for over a hundred yards, but that is going to be a challenge.”
Although Peterson has more rushing yards through 5 games this year than he had through 5 games last year, he only has one 100-yard rushing performance in 2009. And in order to log his 2nd such game this weekend against Baltimore, Peterson says he can learn a lot from watching Benson’s performance last week.
“Watching Benson and some of the things he did, he was very patient with his runs and his reads,” Peterson said. “He did a good job of being patient and just making that one cut and getting up field. There are little things that I can watch and learn from.”
But Peterson was more than willing to put the thoughts of 100-yard rushing games aside and instead focus on the ultimate outcome.
“As far as our team coming in, we have our goals and we’re not going to let anybody come between that and stop that,” Peterson explained. “We are coming in focused on doing our jobs and coming up with a big win. It’s our last home game for the next (several) weeks. So it’s going to be exciting for the fans to be in there cheering us on and we are going to pull it out with a big win.”
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