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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