Part II: 2,000 Yards For Peterson?

Posted by cjsiewert on October 10, 2010 – 10:24 am

Vikings All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson’s first reaction to the news of the team acquiring Randy Moss from the New England Patriots had him surprised as anybody else.

“What!” Peterson explained of his reaction during his weekly press conference prior to Friday’s practice.

The trade for Moss brings an obvious improvement to a Vikings offense that has been feeling the effects of WR Sidney Rice’s absence. The benefits of Moss’ addition will not only help the receiving unit, but also the Vikings potent rushing attack.

Despite facing 8 and 9-men fronts in the box on defense, Peterson has still managed to put up impressive numbers, averaging 130.7 YPG. But with Moss now out wide, how will defenses approach the star-studded Vikings offense?

“Defenses have to pick their poison,” Peterson acknowledged. “To make the offense more dynamic, definitely give us that deep threat and open up the run game.”

Back in late August, I mentioned the possibility of Peterson reaching 2,000 rushing yards this season – a bold prediction, as many of you exclaimed to me – but now with the addition of Moss, which may force defenses to spread the field to accommodate the deep threat, is that milestone more realistic?

According to my Minnesota math, at the pace he’s going at right now – averaging 130.7 YPG – Peterson would finish the season with 2,091 yards. Those numbers come with defenses loading the box; so imagine what type of numbers “All Day” will put up against a standard 3-4 or 4-3 defensive front.

The combination of Moss and Peterson on the same offense comes this Monday night against the NY Jets. And the blitz-heavy defense of the Jets may provide a nice gauge as to how this All-Pro RB-WR tandem will fare for the Purple over the next 13 regular season games.

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8 Responses to “Part II: 2,000 Yards For Peterson?”

  1. By kipp on Oct 10, 2010 | Reply

    Possible superbowl this year i believe!

  2. By fmfan on Oct 10, 2010 | Reply

    Favre got a new toy at WR so there goes some of APs run attemps. YES I am saying Favre will change some run plays to pass plays to try to be the guy to win the game. Hopefully he won’t turn the ball over!

  3. By BE on Oct 10, 2010 | Reply

    NFC championship first, then super bowl. Monday night will be a great gauge for what may happen the remainder of the season. With that Jets defense which is pretty stout, if the Vikings win big (2 or more touchdowns), it’s party time for the Vikings, no matter who they play including the Saints.

    We’ve not had a pro bowl RB and WR + a future HOF qb in the vikings backfield before. I’m excited.

  4. By vikesfaninKS on Oct 10, 2010 | Reply

    @ BE yeah we did last year

  5. By jim on Oct 10, 2010 | Reply

    I am glad we got Moss back. Adrian doing 2000 yards is an extra benefit but first things first….WIN!!!

  6. By Dave on Oct 10, 2010 | Reply

    You should read what you wrote.. You change your wording a little different that time oldschool lol

  7. By GOLDVIKE on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply


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