Big Game For Peterson May Be In The Works

Posted by cjsiewert on September 9, 2010 – 11:40 am

If you were to look back at Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s last game against the New Orleans Saints during the 2009 NFC Championship matchup, it’s easy to say that he had a great game running the ball and finding his way into the endzone with 122 yards on 25 attempts for 3 TDs. But what dampens those numbers is the number 2 – the number of fumbles Peterson had during the overtime loss to the Saints.

Peterson has been adamant in correcting his ball-handling issues over the offseason and during the preseason to a point where he now feels comfortable with his ball placement. He’s mentioned on numerous counts that the biggest correction that needed to be made was keeping the ball high and tight and not using his hand with the ball to keep balanced when being tackled.

Does this correction alone mean that #28 will have a record game tonight? No. But there are a few factors that may be in Peterson’s favor during tonight’s game.

One being that the Saints defense has stated time and time again that they are out to get QB Brett Favre. They showed no mercy for Favre in last season’s matchup and plan on doing more of the same tonight. Sending different blitz packages at Favre could open up some gaping holes for Peterson and we all know what he can do in the open field.

The 2nd dynamic that may lead to a monster game from Peterson is the fact that the Saints LB core is still looking for a balance after losing Scott Fujita to the Cleveland Browns via free agency. This leaves the strong-side LB slot up for grabs between Jo-Lonn Dunbar and 11-year veteran Danny Clark.

Health issues have also been a concern for the Saints LBs. Former Jacksonville Jaguar outside LB Clint Ingram is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and 2nd-year LB Jonathan Casillas is lost for the season with a foot injury.

Nobody knows what the Vikings offensive game plan is for the Saints other than the players and coaches, but it will be interesting to see how they use Peterson in attacking what may be a vulnerable position for the defending Super Bowl champs.

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29 Responses to “Big Game For Peterson May Be In The Works”

  1. By Eugene on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    We should start Jackson or Webb that would really throw their game plan off. It amazes me that the only thing they “Think” they can do to get a win is get after Favre if that’s the plan they are in for a long night we got way too much talent for that. Go Vikings!

  2. By Richard Brouillard (Purple Elephant) on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Defense Defense Defense, I would like to see the Vikes turn that around and show no mercy for Brees. Maybe even record setting number of sacks on the Saints. I think there will be no stopping Adrian Peterson, many teams are over looking the fact that he is one of the best backs there has ever been, they don’t key on Adrian anymore. they key on the ball thinking he will fumble if they can get there hands on it. Its time he, the Vikes shoved that down there throats and had a record breaking game. Thanks, I’m the fan waving the Purple Elephant, my idea for a mascot. Thanks

  3. By Asher on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Tackling is going to be a little shaky for both teams in the season opener. Combine that with the Saints LB problems, Peterson is going for 150-plus tonight. Book it…

  4. By TonyO on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    The best part of a Viking victory will be the collective silence of the media and the morons in New Orleans…………….

  5. By Viking-ology on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings- 50 years in the making. This shall be the year of the Vikings! SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!

  6. By cajun on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Fan of THE WORLD CHAMPION Saints: 4 times and no ring must suck! Favre on the ground and will miss his first start next Sunday. What kind of fan asks for #2 quaterback to start??????? We love Brett Favre down here but tonight he will feel our wrath again.

  7. By Michael on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Peterson will have total control over his fumbling issues, no doubt!! He was very upset with himself on how he played in the championship game so believe me he will come out and run over everyone!! Secret weapon for tonight will be Webb. Everyone thinks we are thin at WR but remember Webb did play WR in college, that will throw the Saints def. off because they have no idea what he is capable of doing.

    Vikings 27 – Saints 17

  8. By Russ on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Cajun……Tonights game will make you smoke them words….When the saints take their first lost….and a big one…you will know the fury of Vikings Fans..!!! Take that and smoke that in your hillbilly ass…

  9. By Kraze k on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully Peterson will have a great game which i am sure he will. If the Dirty Aints get those late hits on Favre I hope that they call it but if not the Viking defense should do the same thing to Brees and make sure he never gets up and is out for the season. Lets go Vikes!!!!!!!!

  10. By arahn on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Put Webb in the 1st quarter and let him and A.P. take turns running the ball with a few dump-offs to Visanthe and Percy — that will totally f-up saints game plan. And D, do unto them as they did unto us — if they say late hits aren’t dirty…well, it’s their house.
    SKOL Vikes!!!!!

  11. By NYViking on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    I think A.P. is going to be destructive to the Saints. I can’t wait to watch him operate and do his thing. Go A.P. Run ‘em over and leave ‘em in the dust.

  12. By whodat2 on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    The SuperBowl Champ has won the home opener eleven times in a row. Tonight will be number 12. Whoever said put Webb in because they don’t know what he does; you are an idiot. AP is mad, so he will play well? This isn’t Harry High School, this is professional football, so take off the purple panties and be prepared for a slugfest. Saints 31 Vikings 17

  13. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Tonight things are going to change WhoDat2. We are going to throw salt on the injuries of your defense and keep on cutting them open deeper and deeper. Other teams will see just how easy it is to beat the Saints after Jared Allen and company cripple Brees. I know you’re all only coming in here because you are terrified of how early the Madden curse will set in. After tonight, you can worry no more and start cheering for your number 2.

  14. By cajun on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Whodat2 lets put Chase Daniel in the starting spot to confuse the Vikings!!!!!!!! Can you believe the intelligence of these so called FOOTBALL fans? Ill take hillbilly with the Lombardi any day.

  15. By Richard (Purple Elephant) on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Cajun, what, the Saints have been a team for 30 some years, 29 loosing seasons, one fluke and they win the superbowl, a gift from the refs, more like a mercy gift from the rest of the deams in the leaque, the Saints and the Lions should hold a annual looser bowl for the worst team in the leaque. Hey, after the Vikes sack Brees 10 times tonight you can start using the loosing facebags to count on, you know those brown bags everybody wears over there heads. Looks like a wind storm went thru a grocerie store in the Saints stands. Richard (The Purple Elephant Guy)

  16. By vikesfan10 on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    wildcat with webb! also griffin will pick off brees he will play and ej will take brees out for the game with a brutal from the back sack!! vikes win 35 to 17

  17. By VIK4EVR on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    I think it is pretty funny when Saints fans call Vikings fans idiots. Who isn’t smart enough to live ABOVE sea level? Duh!

  18. By silverfox2dallas on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Cajun and Who dat2 you cant even admit you won a botched superbowl ? just go back and watch what anyone who knows anything about football said about that game, We produced over 500 yards in offense holding the saints to just 92 yards in the second half 92 thats pathetic, the saints didnt beat the vikings we beat ourselves . The VIkings were and still are the better team we were that night in january and we are tonight You stole the lombardi trophy something no one should feel proud about. You will see tonight that the saints are a joke and their chance to repeat are the same to win the powerball

  19. By Ricky on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Adrian, Percy, Brett, Visanthe, Benard, Camarillo, Webb, Williams, Williams, Allen, Winfield, Sullivan, Leber, Henderson, Greenway, Hutchison, Loadholt, etc, etc, etc. there is no doubt the Vikings will dominate. the referees have been told that they will be fined if they do not call late hits on Brett. I predict 35 to 13. Vikings Win


    I hear is smells pretty bad in New Orleans……. it is because the Saints stink

  20. By JQ on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    I think the Saints fans should stick to their own team website…Seriously get off here and quit talking smack…..GO VIKINGS WOOT WOOT!! WHO DAT SAINTS?!?!?! WE DAT! GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. By Robins on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Win Vikings!!! We had the best team last year and I believe we have it this year too. Protect Brett and we will go all the way. This is so exciting! I do wish the game could have been in Minnesota though! Maybe, next year! Win Vikings! You are the best! Saints lose!

  22. By EricDuluth on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey cajun quit talkin smack on our web site go eat some gumbo or something Who dat my a** we bout to put the smack down hard

  23. By EricDuluth on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Cajun you will feel the wrath of min. boy wer gona put the smack on that 5 foot sissy Drew and show you what its about Skol Vikes Hoo Rah!!!!!!

  24. By KanVike on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey guys, Webb is inactive for tonights game. They won’t be using him, but they won’t need him. Peterson is going to have a monster game. The Saints cannot and will not stop him!

  25. By whodat2 on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Viking fan must be worried, because when the Vikings get a chance to win a championship they choke. Don’t let the bling of our Super Bowl rings distract your vision. All I know is that we are the reigning Super Bowl Champs and you’re not. Are you ready for some football? Go Saints!

  26. By Eric F. on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    I still laugh at the Fans of the other team that surf here…. Do the Saints not have a web site for them to squat at LOL

  27. By whodat2 on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    7 to 0 Great start. Let’s go Defense.
    Penalties on the Vikings. We must be cheating.

  28. By kevin on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    childress go home, you suk, you are a disgrace to the vikings, you know nothing, you teach nothing, just do the same thing over and over, saints watched your film, know your every step, your players not open at all, saints, open all game, you have no clue at all how to fix anything, you are total laughing stalk of the nfl, you make dennis green shine, i have never seen such a moron in the nfl as you, after that game you should just quit, never even got a first down in the 2nd half, wow, quit, we not need you, high school could of out smarted you in that game, you are such a lame duck, just quit, nobody has any faith in you at all, quit, the owners want a new ball park, hu, not with you, quit, go home, just get lost, vikings do not need you, brett could call a better game than what you did, just quit.

  29. By WHO DAT on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    How’d that prediction work out for ya? Ha ha haaa. Face it. OUR franchise has eclipsed yours. Bottom line. We’re on the way up and your well…. let’s just say Favre got 12 million. Talk about cash for clunkers!!!

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