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Last week at the Rams' facilities in St. Louis, some poor soul on the practice squad had to play the role of Adrian Peterson during practices.
That unfortunate fellow no doubt was harassed, hounded and mauled. Let's hope he receives some sort of team spirit award at the end of the season. Somebody had to play the part, of course. Somebody had to be the bull's eye as the Rams prepared to combat the one dimensional Vikings offense.
A subplot to this fascinating season has been Peterson's pursuit of various NFL milestones. He could rush for 2,000 yards. He has an outside chance of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record of 2,105. Heck, the way he's going he might someday shatter Emmitt Smith's career mark of 18,355 yards.
"I hadn't really thought about which record means the most," Peterson said the other day. "Super Bowls, that's what I want and I feel like everything else comes with that."
What's interesting is that the longer the rebuilding Vikings stay in the playoff hunt, the simpler the offense becomes. With the ineffective passing game nearly abandoned, the playbook now pretty much reads: Give it to Peterson. Despite coming off a knee injury, Peterson's workload is increasing as the season wears on.
"Yeah, you could say that," Peterson agreed. "Last couple games, it's been 20 plus (carries). Last game it was 33, I think. But we're a run first offense. So I see why we have taken those steps."
The Vikings are a "run only" offense right now. Clearly, they are trying to bypass quarterback Christian Ponder. The coaching staff is trying to keep him out of the equation. Ponder's sole job is to not mess up. If he can accomplish that, the team has a chance to win because Peterson and the defense, for the most part, are that good.
Peterson is fine with the heavy load, even though his patellar tendon still is sore after games.
"They www.hockeyblackhawksshop.com/duncan_keith_jersey.html don't call me 'All Day' for nothing," he said with a laugh.
By all rights, Vikings fans should be savoring this unexpected run toward the playoffs instead of www.officialhockeycanadiens.com/Authentic-Lars-Eller-Jersey squawking about any particular aspect of the team. But the local obsession with the unproductive Ponder is understandable. There's a history there.
People continue to suffer from Tarvaris Jackson Syndrome. For five years, Jackson was touted as the answer even as the fans screamed "nooooo!" Brad Childress was adamant, but the peanut gallery turned out to be right. Jackson could not do it.
Now some folks are fretting because the Vikings again appear to be putting all their eggs in the wrong basket. The fact that Leslie Frazier has greatly reduced Ponder's role may indicate that he is coming around to their way of thinking. Or it could be that, with no viable wide receivers, he's given up on a balanced offense for 2012 and hopes to get Ponder better targets for 2013.
The way Peterson is running, a one dimensional offense might be Lars Eller S Jersey just the ticket. For now, at least.
"You've got to have confidence in this game," Peterson noted. "It comes down to willpower. You have to out will the guy in front of you."
The Rams know he's coming. The question is: Can they do anything about it? This is very retro, reminiscent of the days of Jim Brown, the greatest running back of all time. Brown pretty much was the Cleveland Browns' offense. He led the league in rushing in eight of his nine NFL seasons.
Everyone knew he was going to get the ball all the time. No one could stop him. That's about where the Vikings are with Peterson. After all the ups and downs, the surprises and disappointments, the Vikings have climbed on Peterson's back and from there are hoping for Duncan Keith Red Jersey the best.
"I'm planning on being in the playoffs," Peterson said.
Realistically, the season already has been a success much better than anyone could have imagined. Whether it turns into something truly remarkable depends on Peterson (and his blockers). Everybody knows it, too. The Rams, Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers all will do their best to be prepared.