Frazier: Peterson “At His Best” In Sunday’s Win Over Arizona

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 10, 2011 – 6:51 am

The best RB in the NFL is Adrian Peterson, and his performance against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday was just the latest proof of that. He finished the game with 122 yards rushing and 3 TDs on 29 carries. But to truly appreciate his contribution to the Vikings winning effort, you have to look a bit deeper.

Peterson was a major factor in the early stages of the game, recording all 3 of his TDs in the 1st quarter as the Vikings built a 28-0 lead. In the 1st quarter alone, Peterson had 9 carries for 59 yards and the 3 TDs. He had runs of 4, 11, 3, 4 (TD), 24 (TD), 1, 0, -2 and 14 (TD) yards. While there were a couple negative and no gain rushes in there, by and large Peterson was setting the tempo for the Vikings offense and letting the Cardinals defense know that it was going to be a long day for the visitors.

By halftime, Peterson had 86 yards on 13 carries, and thanks to him and the defense, the Vikings were in control of the game.

But Peterson’s influence on the game didn’t end there. The Vikings continued to go to Peterson in the 2nd half, and Peterson continued to punish the Cardinals defense. He carried the ball 16 times for 36 yards in the 2nd half, and while that doesn’t come out to a great average yards per rush (2.3), it did grind away at Arizona’s defense and help the Vikings control the tempo. The Vikings held a major time of possession advantage in the 2nd half, holding the ball for half of the 3rd quarter and over 10 minutes in the 4th quarter.

“Adrian, as you know, every team in the league, when they get ready to play the Vikings they are saying, ‘How are we going to stop number 28?’ He was at his best today,” Frazier said. “He played a terrific game. The way he finished the game for us in that four-minute situation where we were trying to hold on to the ball and make them use their timeouts, just a great example of who he is and what he is capable of doing.”

The situation Frazier referenced came in the middle of the 4th quarter, with the Vikings starting a drive on the Arizona 47. Peterson ran the ball 6 consecutive plays and gained 17 yards. More importantly, though, there was 6:42 to play when the drive began, and the drive concluded with a Ryan Longwell FG and just 2:14 to go on the clock.

And aside from leading in his performance on the field, Frazier says Peterson is also starting to be a leader on the sidelines, too.

“Before that series when I talked to him,” Frazier explained, “I said, ‘Bring the offensive line into it, let’s get the whole offensive line. I want to talk to them and make sure they understand that we have to run some clock here and we have to ride you.’ He said, ‘Coach, I got it. Let me talk to them. I’ll handle it.’ I was like, ‘Whoa, this is our star player stepping up in a leadership role and saying, I’ll handle it. Let me handle it.’ From my vantage point, that is huge when you get that out of your best players. He’s a great player and turned out to be an excellent leader for us as well.”

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28 Responses to “Frazier: Peterson “At His Best” In Sunday’s Win Over Arizona”

  1. By DRS on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    AP was the reason for this great win, but we need more than him to win the rest of the remaining games, put Ponder in and get a long ball receiver to take off the pressure on AP.

    Great win Vikings; now let’s see if you can win playing a team with a winning record.

    11 games to the end of the season, to the end of the lease, and still no new stadium bill.

  2. By DRS on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    No Berrian, and we get a win. maybe that should tell coach something.

  3. By DRS on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Great leadership AP, now only if we would play our good QB’s instead of MC-loser, we only won because of AP’s leadership, Go AP, GO VIKINGS, SKOL VIKINGS!

  4. By DRS on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Until then

  5. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I am not letting the Vikings off the hook that easily, 16 carries for 36 yards? 2 fieldgoals in 3 quarters? are you kidding? Is the Cardinals defense that good or did the Vikings offense meltdown again? I would say the answer is quite easy.

    The win is in the books, good for us! next 2 weeks and we will all have forgotten about this win, because 2nd half play like that against those 2 teams, I am sure I don’t need to tell what the results are going to be, Packers for sure will rip us to shreds.

  6. By DRS on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Jeffbleedspurple that might be the case if we have MC-Loser playing, I keep hoping that coach will see the light and put Webb or ponder in. The next game will tell the story. I predict MN 7, Bears 21 with MC-Loser in, With Ponder or Webb in I think the score will be MN 28 Bears 21.

    11 game yet to go, no new stadium as of yet; Go Vikings, is hope being revived?

  7. By DRS on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    At least they are keeping Berrian off the field.

  8. By DRS on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply


  9. By DelawareDan on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Full disclosure: I posted here that I thought the Vikes would lose, again, this time to Arizona. I was wrong.

    Why can’t this team score in the second half ? Does the offense come out of the locker room thinking its over, call for pizza on their cell phones, and think about chowing down after the game?

  10. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Who in the heck is afraid of the Bears and Packers anyways? I am sure if you asked Ponder if he was afraid I am sure he would say NO! So why in the heck is Frazier persistant on babying our rookie QB? who/what is he trying to prove? That Ponder is brittle and will break under pressure? I much rather see McNabb playing, because Ponder got a little banged up and had to be taken out of the game than him sitting for no reason behind some worthless QB.


  11. By Parody on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Does anyone remember a blog early in the week that talked about the Cardinals defense? It wasn’t focused on their ability to cover the run, it was on their ability to protect against the pass. They were rated horribly against the pass, at 26th in the NFL. It was specifically noted how bad they were in deep-ball coverage, allowing more 20+ yard throws than all but one other team in the NFL.

    Riding AP, McNabb had a few less attempts this game, but he appeared completely incapable of capitalizing on AP’s presence. In plays where receivers were wide open deep down field, he threw the ball short of the check-down receiver for an incompletion. Some people may ride the win or the fact that other QBs have similar numbers, but they don’t account for the fact that our QB has the luxury of the best running back in the league behind him. While some other QBs have “similar” numbers with defenses only worried about the passing game, McNabb is performing at this level with defenses completely focused on the running game.

    Are our WRs a bit worse than these other teams? Possibly, but how can we truly judge how much difference there is when the QB doesn’t get the ball close enough to them to display the level of skill that they have?

  12. By rye on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply


    the vikings offense didn’t melt down. It’s all on mcnabb. the threw the ball in the turf when he had wide open receivers. happed at least 4 times and cost the vikings on those drives.

    Frazier needs to get over his personal friendship with Mcnabb and put Ponder in. That would give the team the best chance to win. If he truly feels Ponder is not ready, Webb has game experience from last year and would be more accurate than Mcnabb.

    Lets hope Frazier does the right thing before the vikings play two NFC north teams.

  13. By Bill Musgrave on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    We have been implementing new mechanism for Mcnabb while he is in the pocket, we are asking him to throw hail mary on all the pass so it will reach the receiver standing just 5 yards from Mcnabb. Apparently even Mcnabb’s hail mary pass is 1 yard short of the receiver, so we are considering some short pass options to the OL.

  14. By Torin on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    first to run second to pass and that’s how u win big games

  15. By TexasViking on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    We still need a QB. McNabb is a joke. The Bears and Packers are going to kill him…

  16. By coach cal on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I wish Wilf would step in and say if the quarter back play is this bad against the Bears we are pulling the plug. We should easily be 4-1 instead of the 1-4 we are stuck with. Our d-line top notch when not on the field for three of the four quarters as we seen yesterday. Peterson and good play action plays should grind some clock. With a tight end offense what two receptions. I repect Frazier for the person he is and coach he could be if he just would see his team has no faith in Mcnabb out there and need some hope instilled in this team. Atleast give Ponder some drives in games so you can see what works out better. If Ponder is the real deal we could get the best reciever in next years draft instead of missing out on Luck because that is clearly going to Miami.

  17. By coach cal on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    No one in there right mind could not hear the fans and clearly see how poor Mcnabb is missing wide open recievers 5-8 times a game. Three and outs that frequently are just as bad as a turnover. Frazier should have seen this way before we did. How can he even act like fans were not heard and play it off like we are dilussional. Mcnabb had his glory days give Ponder a shot! Webb could be molded into a good reciever if given the reps and stop wasting time on having him sit before he helps some other team in that role that he is clearly suited for. By playing Mcnabb you are just flushing away the season and that is what gets to the fan base. Atleast renew some life into the fans that are sick of the same old stop gap qb’s and just want a franchise one that can complete a friekin screen pass at the very least! Beggin for bread crumbs it feels like! lol

  18. By coach cal on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    OK Mcnabb is the best most passionate QB to ever play the game! Right Frazier?

  19. By Matt on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I love that AD got vocal, but Frazier needs some fire in his belly. The Zen Master approach doesn’t work as well in football.

  20. By ScottyJ on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings are an unbelievable team right now. W have talent and passion. Adrian is the best in the league, has been, and will be for a long time. He can and needs to carry the responsibility of the ball most of the time. I know he can do what he did yesterday, everyday, and more because of his love for the game and believing to be his best every game and nothing less. That’s where I think McNabb has lost his step.
    McNabb is an intelligent and talented individual, I just think he lost his PASSION for the game. Yeah he’s competitive and wants to win, but thats not enough. He needs to find that passion again to be his maximum potential. When he does that, he is the perfect QB for our football team.
    We need to look at deep threat options and some O-line practice. Left side is good, Im worried about Loadholt, I think he has unbelievable potential, he needs to be worked more, one on one, pushed harder.
    AP has it down and it all comes back to love for the game and his work ethic, enough is not enough.

  21. By Rocksalt on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    we need a QB who can hit his receivers

  22. By Rocksalt on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    keep in mind this was over Arizona……..not Green Bay, not Chicago, not New Orleans, not Baltimore……..

  23. By vikefanforlife on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    we scored 28 in the first quarter . 6 in the other quarters. we won but we could do alot better. START PONDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. By jdude on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Put in Ponder. He is more accurate than McNabb. Webb is more accurate than Both. Heck a backup could be more accurate than McNabb.

  25. By Viking Joe on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    According to Frazier, Berrian is back in the rotation, not the news I wanted to hear.

  26. By Rocksalt on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    IMO, Berrian has never been in the rotation……..

  27. By troutdaddy on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Berrian had his best game this week….

  28. By DuaneN on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    How does Toby not get at least 6 carries in the second half? He’s gonna be the Painter to Manning of RB’s.

    So funny that we have not seen anymore Blazer packages. They run it up the middle with Webb and then have him hand it to Harvin. “Well that didn’t work! LOL, sorry about that!”

    Wish they would pull the plug on McNabb like they did on Webb.

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