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Dual Threat, Take Two: Vikings Have Eye On Patrick Peterson

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 17, 2012 – 11:04 am

Last week the Vikings defense had to deal with a dual threat on the Washington Redskins offense in QB Robert Griffin III. Entering the game, RG3 had 8 total TDs – 4 receiving and 4 rushing – and he was able to tack on 3 more against the Vikings, with 2 coming on the ground and another one through the air.

The Vikings opponent this week – the Arizona Cardinals – also has an extremely talented athlete who poses as a dual threat. This time, though, it will be the Vikings offense and special teams that will have to deal with the threat.

The player is Patrick Peterson. He is a starting CB for the Cardinals defense and he’s one of the NFL’s best punt returners. Arizona selected Peterson with the 5th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and it didn’t take Peterson long to make a profound impact on the League.

Peterson started all 16 games at CB for Arizona’s defense and recorded 2 INTs and 13 passes defensed. His most notable impact, though, came on special teams. He had a record-setting season returning punts, scoring 4 TDs and totaling 699 yards on 44 returns. The 4 return TDs tied the NFL single-season record and set a franchise record, and the 699 return yards established an NFL rookie record and ranks as the 2nd-highest single-season total in NFL history (Desmond Howard, 875, 1996).

For those efforts, Peterson was selected to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner, becoming the first Cardinal rookie since Anquan Boldin (2003) to earn Pro Bowl honors. He also earned 1st-Team All-Pro recognition as a kick returner and was the only rookie named to the team.

“He’s a good player,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday. “Good corner and has good cover ability. They’ve been playing him in some man situations, he’s good in zone situations. And then as a punt returner, he’s in a whole class by himself.

“He’s incredible…four touchdowns over eighty yards a year ago and set an NFL record. So he’s a special guy when it comes to punt return. We talked about him in our meeting and what we’ve got to do to keep him corralled. He can definitely change a game as a punt returner, and even as a defensive back. Outstanding player.”

So far in 2012, Peterson has already surpassed his INT total (he has 3 already). But he’s yet to take a punt return to the house and is averaging 10.1 yards per return on 22 tries. In last year’s matchup with the Cardinals, the Vikings were able to minimize Peterson’s impact. He collected 4 tackles on defense and was forced to take 3 fair catches on 4 Chris Kluwe punts. Kluwe had an impressive day against the Cardinals, with a net average of 47.5, no return yardage for Peterson and 2 punts downed inside the 20, one of which was downed at the 3.

It will take another outstanding effort by Kluwe and the rest of the Vikings to keep another outstanding dual threat at bay.


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88 Responses to “Dual Threat, Take Two: Vikings Have Eye On Patrick Peterson”

  1. By ozzinator on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    SECOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. By H.M.G. on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    59th…

  3. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ozz…Congrats on being second !!!…

    But I am confused lately…Maybe you can help…

    Why isn’t anyone talking about Mistral Raymond ???… : /

  4. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I heard Musgrave is having fits, trying to game plan around Patrick Peterson..Musgrave has even gave Peterson his own nickname…

    He calls him “double P” or “P twice”…

    To me, it sounds like a player with a bladder infection ???…

  5. By tomcat on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Skelton is gonna be a sitting duck for our passrush on Sunday, especially when we take a lead. I look for 5 or more sacks. Skol!!

  6. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    The main problem we have in this country is the mindset. Nothing wrong with the economy.

  7. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    If you are breathing and healthy, wealth is available to you.

  8. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    The principles of wealth creation are alive and well in the United States.

  9. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Crowd noise…And have J Rob get physical with Fitz the first five yards off the line of scrimmage on pass routes, with Smith over the top of Fitz…Cook can handle Floyd alone…

    Mess up Skelton and his timing routes on Fitz…Buy Allen and company some extra time, and the Defense will clean house on Skelton…And sweep his bones out of the stadium… ; )

  10. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Why not, umm….I dont know….not kick it to him?

    Or better yet, how about the offense just score.

  11. By BlueBird7 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Just how tall is this dude Pat Peteron? I might have missed it in the article?

    Can he cover Kyle on the pass routes?

  12. By Frederick Jones on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    12th

    The 12th man will be most important in this game. Remember that is what they call the fans – THE 12TH MAN!!!

  13. By Frederick Jones on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Start Everson Griffen and Schwartz!!!

  14. By Frederick Jones on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Start Geoff Schwartz at LG, and Everson Griffen at DE!!!

  15. By Frederick Jones on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    ***** Start Geoff Schwartz at LG, and Everson Griffen at DE!!!

  16. By Frederick Jones on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    We cannot afford to get down on this team. The Vikings are 4-2, they will do what they can to win the game. Support them!!!

  17. By Frederick Jones on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Start

    Geoff Schwartz at LG, and Everson Griffen at DE!!!

  18. By realvikings on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Our receiver core would look much better with Jenkins out of the line up. It should be Percy Jerome, Devin, and Burton or Wright. And also the cardinals like bringing their safeties to the box so i hope we take some shots down field.

  19. By Muskyfever on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer I think you nailed it…!

    The Cards have one of the worst Olines in teh NFL right now, look for us to be blitzing early…. After they get crushed a few times we can start just sending four, either way Skelton is going to get hit A LOT! Look for everyone to be lighting up Skelton, Not just J. Allen.

    Patrick Peterson is a good threat that the Cards have… But what else do they have. He dosen’t play a position that is going to dictate the game like RGIII did at QB. We can choose to stay away from him and kick it out of bounds. I think we can take him out of the game early and keep it there, then maybe…just maybe, Simpson or Harvin will burn him deep and ruin his confidence for the remainder of the game…

    I doubt that the Cards score more than 14 points. Maybe 17 if their lucky. As long as we open it up for Ponder I think we can control the score board and the clock all the same. As long as we play hard physical football we should be able to come away with the W.

    Though Skelton is a decent QB, 5 weeks out of playing time, and no Oline spells bad news for him. We will be sitting on Two high safteys a lot of the game. to deal with Fitz and Floyd. But I don’t see them being a hue threat with all of the pressure that Skelton is going to be under. It is going to look like M. Vick back there with as many times as he is going to get hit. And minus all of the talent and skill sets that come with Vick.

    They should be able to pull out the W… I’m not worried

  20. By BlueBird7 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer

    You are pretty up on Cornerbacks. How tall is this CB Pat Peterson?
    I asked this before, but nobody even knows, including M.W.

    Think he can cover Kyle?

  21. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Let Patrick Peterson meet Adrian peterson.. peterson truck him hard and knock his helment off.

    I think ur right… let’s try giving Jarius wright a chance right along with Ellison.. he is doing better than Carlson.. I think that Stephon Burton will do well as long as u give him a shot.. no reason to have him active if ur not gonna use him

  22. By BlueBird7 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    ap&phf

    Good points..BTW, you have to add few more on your name to catch up with Titus. He has theloooongest name on the blog. Kind of neat.

  23. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Rudolph is a TE Bluebird, Patrick Peterson wouldnt be matched up against him.

  24. By missed the boat on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    the 2 games that the viks should of won will cost them the last 4 games of the season. the Washington game knocked them out of the playoffs

  25. By dee jay born on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Frederick Jones…I agree.Let’s see if Schwartz can play at LG because Charlie Johnson been struggling,especially in passing situations.

  26. By dee jay born on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin fan..They actually did meet,last year tho’.On Peterson’s 3 TD’s watch the highlights on YouTube

  27. By Muskyfever on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Missed the boat… It is a long season with many more games to play, I would put any playoff talk into the purposteras statements catagory at this point. They may make it, they may not, If they don’t make it (and only by one game) you can blame the washington game. Until then. Lets just focus on week to week like the team does. If we get ahead of ourselves we will all go insane… Trust me

  28. By vikingbob136 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Simple plan.
    Punt it out of bounds every time.
    Kickoff returns are none existent.Kick it over the crossbar!

  29. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    BB7…

    Peterson is 6′-1″….219 ibs…

  30. By BlueBird7 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Thank You OTKalil.

  31. By Troutdaddy on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    As far as the play-offs are concerned, let’s just focus on the here and now. Noone knows what is going to turn out yet, The fact that Washington beat the Vikes means diddly right now. Let’s get through our divisional games. Those are the one’s that count. Schwartz at LG could be a possibility. WHat I want to see is how our D-line gets to the QB this week. That could be the factor that seals the deal for the win this week.

  32. By Ozzinator on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Bwaa ha ha ha OTKalil2012, I just don’t understand why no one is talking about Mistral Raymond…………………Ha ha, awesome!

  33. By Ozzinator on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    And Titus, you are sooooo correct!
    Thanks

  34. By Immure on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Floyd has basically been a none factor for the Cards this season. Their two offensive threats that we need to keep in check are Fitz and Roberts. Our pass defense has been pretty good this year so I think we can handle them. Just can’t turn the ball over and give up big plays on ST.

  35. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    If they play man coverage 96% of the time the D should be fine.

  36. By realvikings on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    @ Spencer your right about that our defense plays better in man coverage the zone pages don’t fit our team.

  37. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Too bad the coaches make the players fit into a scheme, and not make the scheme fit the player!

    COOK IS A PRESS COVERAGE CORNERBACK DAMMIT

  38. By VikesShield on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    F@CK it lets to all gaps goal line every play and SxCREW up Skelton so bad that he doesnt even knew he was a qb

  39. By VikesShield on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    do*

  40. By percy harvin & adrian peterson & kyle rudolph & Cristian poner & well the whole vikings squad fan ha on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I think if we can get to the QB it should be a win and with no doubt we are going to be able to do that and i think we dont hve to b an explosive offense to win this one. I like the conservative plays because we are inexperienced and the offense would be sloppy with no control. AP will rush 100+ yards with some TDS. My prediction is vikings 24 to 13.

  41. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Oz– you are a knight of the truth.

  42. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Remember when the Cardinals were ahead by 2 TDs and Favre and Allen brought us back to tie at the last minute and then go on to win in OT?

  43. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Bleacher report has a good one about the Vikings. It’s called pretenders and contenders. I bet you’ll never guess which one they have the Vikings picked as after losing to the Skins.

    check it out at http://www.bleacherreport.com it’s a good read fellas.

  44. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    AND Chilly hung on to his job.

  45. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    You mean 12th man plus pumped in crowd noise. Classy.

  46. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Pretenders do not WHOOP the Niners. Plain and simple.

  47. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    We are a Pretender, but can be a contender if we have improved quarterback play, a more creative offense, and play press coverage 96% of the time.

  48. By vegasvike on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    What is classy is when a fan of a team that just beats another team jumps on the opposing teams website and trolls like a third grader. Classless, worthless, no life D O U C H E!!

  49. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Wow.

    Did you guys hear about Chris Kluwe posing for a gay magazine? I was able to tolerate him supporting gay marriage but this is just a bit ridiculous in my opinion.

  50. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas — and to top it off, the fool badmouths his own team. Redskins have been cra.p.py for a decade or so– changed coaches like most people change underwear— and finally they are coming along.

  51. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Could you please tell me how posing Nude for gay guys is taking a stand for gay marriage? It sounds more like Kluwe is just getting his freak on and playing the “Gay Marriage Card” so his team mates don’t wonder why he always likes to play tackle monster in the shower!

  52. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Kluwe is a constant distraction to this team– he needs to close his Twitter Account and settle down– or get another punter.

  53. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I knew Titus would have my back on this one, you see Titus has something called MORALS.

  54. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    But anyways-

    Press Coverage.
    Press Coverage.
    Press Coverage.

  55. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    They didn’t whoop the 9ers, they were overlooked by the 9ers. Viking fans are so pretentious. Pretenders, mwahahaha!

  56. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nothing says classy like 3rd grade name calling. Bravo! So what are the odds that the Vikings go 8-8 this year #Vegas Vike?

  57. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Calm the he|| down, the Redskins are still the worst team in the NFC East.

  58. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Kluwe is the least of the Vikings worries, it’s their poor play that’s the distraction. At least the Viking fanbase has something in common with their beloved team. They never stop pretending that the Vikings belong in the NFL. Go Cardinals.

  59. By vegasvike on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Why are you here RGDOUCHE? Shouldn’t you be moving on to your next opponent like most trolls do? That’s how trolls work, normally you talk trash PRIOR to the game. I’ve never met a troll who can’t troll properly. I’m sure the real RGIII would be so impressed you are posing with his name.

  60. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    …and they beat your Vikings. Whoot whoot!

  61. By vegasvike on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings only won three games last year, a very poor showing without a doubt. Does anyone remember which teams they did beat last year? When they totally S U C K E D?

  62. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Vegasvike = :’(

    Maybe you could print out a hurt feelings report, fill it out, and send it to the Vikings headquarters. There’s a pretty long waiting list but I’m pretty sure Ziggy will get to yours in due time.

  63. By Spencer on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    LOL.

    Thats how you know the Redskins are terrible, fans talking trash when they’re 3-3!!

  64. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Are you one of those guys who hands out $mut cards on the Vegas strip? I’d be ornery too if that were my job. It’s ok to cry if your a Viking fan, they all do it. Pity parties after a loss aren’t uncommon and you guys hold a plethora of pity party’s.
    :’(

  65. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings beat the Niners cause the Niners overlooked them? HA HA HA. Niners were whooped big time– they have a coach who is no dumby- he had them ready. Vikes were ahead from the opening drive– the Niners had a whole game to make adjustments– no they got whooped.

    BTW– why are we responding to this kid– it is wrong for us to keep him from his bedtime milk and cookies. He has preschool in the morning.

  66. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I’m a Bears fan and RGIII is my fantasy QB. Hooray me!

  67. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA HA– plethora? People with limited vocabulary always — and I mean always– pick that word to showcase their diminished cerebral powers.

  68. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Go to bed RG– I hate to see you fail Phy Ed tomorrow.

  69. By Frederick Jones on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    @DeeJayBorn,

    Yes, I agree they should play Schwartz. Perhaps they could share the position???

  70. By Frederick Jones on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    @MuskyFever,

    I got the Musky Fever, I got to boogie down! The musky fever, I think it’s going around!

    Man..I hope you are right about the Cards O Line. Skelton is not known for his elusiveness. In addition to sacks maybe we’ll get some INTERCEPTIONS in this ball game!!!

  71. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I have a funny feeling about this game.

  72. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    This article should be about how the Cardinals are going to stop our Triple Threat. cough pay Percy cough. Returner/Receiver/Runningback. He is also an MVP candidate.

  73. By sandiamond on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings will face the Arizona backup plan

    http://min.scout.com/2/1231193.html

  74. By sandiamond on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

  75. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    @ Frederick Jones

    The MuskyFever is going around. I see all sorts of people out there catching the bug. I’m having the season of my life right now, will be on the water later. If all else fails and the Vikes lose (washington or otherwise) there is always great fishing to be had. If they win… Well there is always great fishing to be had. Either way, I’ll be on the water. My season is going absolutly effing fantastic, the Vikes’ season is going good too.. I just hope both keep on the same track as they are now. I am on track to put 50 in the boat this year and maybe more, Vikes are on Track to make the playoffs over the Fudge Packers and the baby bears..

    Nothing to complain about form this end. Vikes will play well and hard this week, I have no doubt about that. I will fish hard and well this week as also. Going to be on the water tonight before the Thursday night game. Got four spots that are FANTASTIC RIGHT NOW!!! Hopefully our pass rush and run game will be fantastic as well.

    Fred Jones. Hows your season man?? Bit by the bug?

  76. By DeerTracks on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    GrandDaddyBurp….

    I think you would like to see Percy Harvin paid, Don’t keep it hidden.
    Speak right out.

    Drink your beer a little slower, less gas on the tummy.

  77. By DeerTracks on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Titus

    You have a funny feeling about this game?

    Just ignore it, like I do a certain poster. It will go away.

  78. By BlueBird7 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Muskyfever

    You are speaking my mind set. Musky fishing. I still have scars on my left hand that I recieved by making the mistake of trying to lift that 18 Pounder by the gill area. That is where the inside has the Barracuda type of long, sharp teeth.

    Wised up that day, many moons ago. That is when I first became a Viking Fan.
    Now THAT was a wise move.

  79. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    BlueBird7

    A littel bit of blood is all part of the sport. I have put 3 hooks through my arm and hand so far this year. had to do my own surgery while on the water, using my Knipex (hook cutters) to cut hooks out ofmy hand, otherwise it would have been a trip to the ER… Which i don’t need right now. And after all said and done. Boated three each of the days that I hooked myself. So A little bit of Karma and a little bit of praying to the musky gods helped me out a ton

  80. By sandiamond on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

  81. By BlueBird7 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Muskyfever

    Thats’ it, and great fun/sport also. Wouldn’t trade it for Sking, Snowboarding, ect.

    I do NOT like snow sports except Ice Fishing. Add those Foxy Gals doing the Figure Skating. I like THAT!

  82. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    BlueBird7… HAHAHA Thats exactly how I feel man… Nothing wrong with skimpy outfits and doing the splits while beinding.. Now only if we could include hot woman, skimpy outfits and ice fishing… Now theres a sport I could get into. Ice fishing is awesome! Hot woman are awesome.. Ice fishing while watching hot woman skate around in skin tight outfits sounds awesome!

  83. By BlueBird7 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    +Muskyfever

    Maybe that is what some of the Vikings do with their time off!

    Why don’t they invite us along?

  84. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    BB7… Good question man? I have all the gear.. All they have to do is bring the woman. How hard is that for them, they play pro Football in the NFL. Make one or two phone calls and have 20 woman knocking at the door. CMON VIKES HOOK US UP. I promis them fish, if they promis me woman is tight outfits

  85. By BlueBird7 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Muskyfever

    Are those 20 of the Viking Cheerleaders? I think those outfits are just the right amount of tightness. Any tighter, and you have to peel them like a Grape…..

    Hear any pounding on your door?

  86. By sandiamond on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

  87. By sandiamond on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Harrison Smith extensive time vs Floyd at ND practice
    AJ Jefferson DB exp vs old Birdgang receivers acquired this season
    Patrick Peterson doesnt even start, Cards secondary loaded. bring the Farm and watch for INT’s

  88. By Muskyfever on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    BB7.. No pounding yet… But soon I hope

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