Vikings RB May Run Rampant Sunday, Whoever It Is

Posted by cjsiewert on December 2, 2010 – 8:06 am

Toby Gerhart’s career-setting performance against the Redskins last Sunday – 22 carries for 76 yards and his 1st career TD – allowed interim coach Leslie Frazier to continue his run-first offensive approach even after All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson was sidelined with an ankle injury during the 2nd quarter.

And Gerhart’s number may be called upon again to pace the ground game this Sunday at Mall of America Field against the Buffalo Bills with Peterson held out of Wednesday’s practice and his availability for game day in question.

Regardless of who shoulders the load for the Vikings rushing attack, a big game may be in the works against a struggling Bills run defense.

The Bills boast a league-worst run defense, allowing 167.4 yards per game – more than 20 yards allowed than the 31st ranked Arizona Cardinals. Opposing offenses have taken notice to these numbers over the course of the season, with the Bills defense averaging a league-leading 36.0 rushing attempts against per game.

The Vikings posted a run-pass ratio of 38-23 against the Redskins and that proportion may take an even more lop-sided number against the Bills. On Wednesday, Frazier emphasized the importance of being able to control the ball on the ground and how that translates to players buying into his offensive approach.

“I remember in the (Redskins) game John Sullivan came up to me after the first series and he said, ‘Let’s keep running that ball; keep running that ball!’” Frazier recalled. “To me that’s a confirmation that they’re buying in. Our offensive line, they like it. We know that if we get into a situation where we have to throw the football, we’ve got a great quarterback and we’ve got wide receivers that can do that.

“Like I said before, we’re at our best when we’re running the ball and stopping the run. That’s who we are. That’s our identity. Our offensive line loves it. I’m sure Adrian also likes it.”

I can’t speak for either Gerhart or Peterson, but I can be almost certain that both are well aware of the struggles the Bills defense is having against the rushing attack. This awareness just might translate to impressive numbers come Sunday and you can bet that the Vikings RBs will be determined to establish themselves in front of a boisterous Mall of America Field crowd.

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17 Responses to “Vikings RB May Run Rampant Sunday, Whoever It Is”

  1. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply


  2. By Rich Bluevaney on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    One game at a time. This league is very perplexing i would not be at all surprised
    to see them run the table.

  3. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply


  4. By Justin on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Gerhart is sure to be a valuable player in the near future. Hopefully, he’ll remain a Viking for years to come :)

  5. By Dave on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    yeahhhhhhhhhh GO VIKESSSSSS!!!!!! ill take ap or gerhart!!! either way lets get them bills!!!:)

  6. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply


  7. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply


  8. By purplefavrefan on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    we need you, ap!! go after that “best rb in the league…” that should be you…i’d love to see you get some serious yardage this year!! ;)

  9. By mr smiff on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    A lot of “experts” are picking the Bills to win. We need to get our running game going, our corners need to cover their receivers, and our defense need to constantly blitz the qb.

  10. By PurpleParody on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Our biggest concern should be the passing defense. If we can contain Steve Johnson and knock around Fitzpatrick a few times we should be fine.

    Offensively, the plan shouldn’t change must from last week. Beat them silly with the running game, and throw the ball every now and then to keep them honest.

  11. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply


  12. By avVikingfan on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Chris Johnson has had one good year and everyone crowned him “Best Running Back Ever!!!” yet AP has had great years every year. Go figure.
    Whether it’s AP or TG (who was THE MAN at Stanford), the best running back ever still resides in Minn.

  13. By mr smiff on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Perhaps we have some faith in Gerhart and rest AP on Sunday. With the Giants and the Eagles on the horizon, it may be too much of a risk to have him play and possibly aggravate that ankle even more.

  14. By Lito on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Let the running backs roam free – Adrian, Toby, and Albert.

  15. By Conner on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    From what I’ve followed of the Bills in the last 5 weeks, they may be the best 2-9 team in years! If Gerhart were able to get a second quality game in in back to back weeks, I think we may be a very dangerous team down the stretch. Look, we could start Toby and let him do his thing in the first half. If it isn’t going well, we then have time to stretch A.P. over half and bring him in. A question to ponder: If the league goes to 18 regular season games next year, what will become the standard for a good runningback 1,250 yards in a season?

  16. By PurpleParody on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    If the league goes to 18 games, you’re going to be seeing even more injuries, and we’ve seen too many this year as it is. Teams will be hobbling into the playoffs overloaded with backup personnel and those games will get less interesting.

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