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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