2,000 Yards For Peterson?

Posted by cjsiewert on August 29, 2010 – 6:43 pm

Saturday night’s 24-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks saw many of the Vikings regular starters playing into the second half with many of the offensive players getting an opportunity to show what they could do with the football. The Vikings offense had a nice balanced game plan – 36 passing attempts and 33 plays on the ground.

Last year’s squad found themselves relying heavily on the passing game with the emergence of WRs Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice receiving the ball from future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre. But with Harvin dealing with migraines and Rice sidelined after hip surgery, will RB Adrian Peterson return as the staple of the Purple’s offensive attack just as it was in the pre-Favre years?

Peterson rushed for 37 yards on 11 attempts and reached the endzone once on a 24-yard handoff from Brett Favre Saturday night. The 2007 Rookie of the Year also caught 2 passes for 36 yards, one that came on a screen pass where #28 scampered through the Seahawks defense for a 31-yard gain.

After Favre’s return to Winter Park on August 17, he mentioned during his press conference that he doesn’t feel that he has to be as great as he was last year for the team to reach the Super Bowl – one reason being that the men in purple have so many different weapons. The Vikings star RB may be a huge factor under that assumption.

Saturday night’s victory over Seattle may well have been an indication as to how the offense’s approach, and the use of Peterson, will unfold for the Vikings during the course of the regular season. If that’s the case, AP may end up recording a career year on the ground.

A lot of attention has been centered on Titans RB Chris Johnson self-proclaiming himself as the league’s best back over Peterson after rushing for 2,006 yards last season. The Vikings RB has been less vocal on the situation than Johnson but told a group of reporters after Saturday night’s preseason game that Johnson’s success last season serves as a tool of motivation.

“I look at him like, ‘hey, it’s time for me to get it now,’” Peterson said. He also related back to Favre’s comments on the potential that the Vikings offense has this season to be successful.

“With our offense we have so many different weapons. So the ball is going to be moving around with different guys. So I can’t trouble myself or waste on focusing on just 2,000 yards, 2,000 yards. I just set my goal and go out and perform my best, and if it comes it comes.”

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30 Responses to “2,000 Yards For Peterson?”

  1. By Cory on Aug 29, 2010 | Reply

    With our Oline AP would need about 600 carries to hit 2000 yards…

  2. By Bruce on Aug 29, 2010 | Reply

    Mike I disagree with the your “Balanced Offense” game plan. People think that you need to have a 50-50 ratio or at worst a 55-45 ratio when it comes to running and pass plays. But I’m here to tell you that you need to let the offense FIND IT’S OWN BALANCE! That means if you pass 70% of the time and run 30% of the time and it gets you WINS AND A CHAMPIONSHIP, then you have found the right balance for your team. For too long the NFL has gone with the so called having a even balance when it comes to the ground game or passing game. LET YOUR TEAM EXPERIMENT AND USE WHAT WORKS! I know for a fact that AP would rather have a ring then have 2000 yds. And I say have AP stay in the back field which brings the defenders in close. Then have Brett fake the handoff and pass to AP just past the line of scrimmage. AP seems to pick more yards that way versus the typical handoff. Plus it accomplishes keeping 8 guys in the box. It’s a win win situation. So AP will have 2000 total yds that will win games. Him getting stopped at the line of scrimmage FOUR TIMES IN A ROW IN THE END ZONE DOES NOT WIN GAMES MIKE!

  3. By Bruce on Aug 29, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry Mike, I meant cjsiewert

  4. By TWVIKE on Aug 29, 2010 | Reply

    Leading the league again inTDs would be better than 2000 yds. AP is capable of doing both. HE IS THE BEST R.B. IN THE N.F.L.!!!!!!!

  5. By Bigfan1 on Aug 29, 2010 | Reply

    When AP gets a hole there is none better, he explodes to the end zone. The problem is these holes need to exist. With the exception of the one run, AP was fairly stifled against the Seahawks. I think D’Imperio should be signed, seems to have a different running style than AP and catches defenses off guard. I hope AP gets 2,000 yards this year, but there needs to be holes for him to attain this. I hope more that AP will hold onto the ball and that the Vikings will win the Super Bowl, personal records mean nothing if you don’t hoist the silver football.

  6. By fmfan on Aug 29, 2010 | Reply

    anybody hear you take what the D gives you! If they stack the box there should be an easy pass somewhere.

  7. By J.SportsFan24 on Aug 29, 2010 | Reply

    I believe Adrian will make it to the 2,000 yard mark! He is better than Chris Johnson and Reggie Bush! Peterson knocks people in and out on the field. Hopefully he can handle the ball better, and he will make it this year or soon! Like he said after the loss to the Saints, ” The Super Bowl will be our goal next year” !

  8. By Woodboat on Aug 29, 2010 | Reply

    I doubt Peterson gets to 2000 yards. He just won’t get the quality touches. Half of his touches will be on first down if Childress stays true to form on his play calling. The opposing defenses stack the box in anticipation and 28 gets back to the line of scrimmage, maybe. His only chance at yardage is on 2nd down carries and receiving yards. Chris Johnson gets to the corner better than AP, and his coach calls a better game. Also, I don’t think the Titans spread the ball around as much as the Vikings do. Lastly, Johnson doesn’t wave the ball around like a sack lunch, something I noticed Peterson has not fully removed from his game after watching the Seattle game. Lets all keep our fingers crossed that 28 gets that ball security thing figured out and that our O Line keeps #4 clean.

  9. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    CJSiewert – as a reporter you should be ashamed of yourself. Random fans can get away with ranting about everything and anything in here because they are not expected to know any better. But you should know that Harvin was battling the migraines all of last year. You SHOULD know that he also missed games last year because of this. WITH that knowledge there is no reason to post his current woes as reason for him to have a drop in production this year.

    Futhermore you never made an effort to consider the affect that current additions to the receiving corps may have on the issue, which at first glance could make a big difference.

    Overall it pans out to be an irresponsible attempt at creating a story.

  10. By OLDSCHOOL on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    AP will need to rush for about 3000 yards….ALA……Barry Sanders…..2000 yards going forward…..then the extra 1000 yards going backwards and changing directions after he hits the backs of the O-Line in front of him…because there are zero holes!!!! CLASSIC…2000 YARDS……If he gets 2000 yards then the O-Line found it’s self…We win the Superbowl…and Brett comes out of the season alive!

  11. By Carl K on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    CJ- teams will continue to do what they did last year – 8 and 9 guys in the box and blitz blitz blitz. NO WAY AP get 2000 yards. He might lead the NFL with yards from scrimmage if we can really use him with some short screen plays to beat the rush. But I think favre and cammarillo in short quick routes will be hard to stop.

  12. By Austnjay on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    I believe AP can get to 2000 but he’ll have to average about a 160yards a game and will have to average 6-7 yards a carry, but if we go by the numbers he”ll have to average 25 carrys a game, in which he’ll be lucky to even get to 20 carrys a game….

  13. By GOLDVIKE on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply


  14. By fogman on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    Never mind the 2000 yards. Goals and aspirations are great, but concerntrating on winning games and doing whatever it takes is more of a priority. The yards will come with success.

  15. By Tom M on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with eveyrone who says you need to let the “game” determine the balance. Numbers are just numbers. If a team is constantly packing the box, then take advantage with a pass play as much as possible. If a team is gonna stop AP by always playing the run, let Favre go off and have a huge day. No matter how good a RB is, he aint gonna do great against a stacked run defense.

  16. By Cheerful on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

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  17. By Bleedin Purple on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    AP could easily have 2000 rushing and make Johnson look like a fool, but chances are we would end up like the Titans… did they even finish 8-8 last year? Is not about any one individuals stats its about winning games. Everyone on the team understands that. I predict that AP has 2500+ all purpose yards this year and we take home the Lombardi.

  18. By KDB on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    I see that we got a lot of Monday morning QBs chiming in here. Let’s wait and see until the real season starts and then hear what everyone has to say about AP’s production.

    And talk of having a bad O-line? 2 Pro Bowlers and a pair of future stars on the right side doesn’t sound too bad to me.

    2,000 on the ground? Maybe not, but 2,000 all purpose? No doubt.

  19. By Tim Beaulier on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    Your Kidding! I hope AP will get a 1000. Good running back, but CT was better. Watch what he does for Chicago

  20. By Big Red on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    Tim Beulier, its CJ, way to go =P but yeah, what I notice is that AD seems to be better at knocking people over, while CJ just runs without even touching a defensive player some time. I know, I am not discrediting what CJ did last year, but I think that in this league, AD will survive for a longer period of time, but I do wish CJ the best of luck. But yeah, it seems that we either need to open up a ton more holes, or try and run outside, because what I always see is Peterson getting the ball handed to him, and then getting stopped right at the line of scrimage.


  21. By Big Red on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry Tim Beulier, please disregard me opening comment, thought you were talking about CJ, not Chester Taylor. But yeah, I think Peterson is better then CT, but thats just my opinion.

  22. By rocksalt on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    2000 yards for AP? You have got to be kidding! Has anyone other than Oldschool really taken a critical look at the performance of our O Line?
    McKinnie gets blown by regularly by speed rushers. AP is getting hit at the line of scrimmage on most plays… sometimes just after he gets the ball…where is the blocking?
    If AP is to get 2000 yards, it will be mostly on his own.
    Now what it equally puzzling is the 8 or 9 men in the box thing- if so, then we should have a field day passing.
    Also, how does Chris Johnson do it? Other teams must no doubt stack the box against him-especially since they (Titans) don’t have a great passing attack…

  23. By Ryan C on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    Lets be honest here… Peterson is very unlikely to hit 2,000 yards this year, and likely to statistically under perform compared to Chris Johnson this year as well as with last year. This DOES NOT at all mean Chris Johnson is better. I’m just going to keep this simple… Lets say you have about 50 plays per game. If you’re the Titans, it’s likely most of those will go to Chris Johnson since he’s about your one and only playmaker on the team (Titans ranked #25 in passing last year). Vikings have multiple playmakers.. and since you only have 50 plays, the plays you give to one playmaker will take away plays from the other playmaker. This is what creates balance. Most teams that say they are a “run first offense”… are usually the teams that don’t have any other choice on the matter and are only efficient in the run anyways. Take ANY “run first team” and give them Peyton Manning… I promise you their “run first” playcalling will change dramatically. If the Titans signed Peyton Manning… CJ would not have even close to a season as he had last year, I promise you.

  24. By Derek on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    All we need is a solid year from AP about 1700 yards and 20TD’s, and no fumbling, and I think we have a shot at the SB.

  25. By OLDSCHOOL on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    It’s very simple people…last game “Preseason” of course, 4th and goal….put up or shut up time for our O-Line……WHAT HAPPENED…….? ANYONE…..ANYONE…..AP STOPPED ABOUT A YARD BEHIND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE!
    2000 YARDS ??????!!!!!! COME ON! Let’s be real!

  26. By OLDSCHOOL on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    And on top of that…….we were at HOME! We should have gotten off the ball before them! PERIOD!

  27. By mike on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    dont worry its coming AP!!!! hes due for a big time year! his patience and ball security should be improving naturally and he seems to be more at ease in the passing game. i like the idea of johnson saying he is the best back in the league, its going to turn #28 in to a raging animal and he didnot take a beating last year or have a dud season, i think the ridicule he took in the offseason is going to make him even more of a super back! im calling it now AP 2010 MVP!!

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