Its hard to imagine how far the Minnesota Vikings would have gotten if running back Adrian Peterson hadn’t proven true to his words returning right on time for the season opener after an ACL surgery. Granted it took Adrian Peterson a few weeks to get hot, but since he’s been running with the tide and leading the league in rushing, with over 100 yards ahead of Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch.
Adrian Peterson’s return has been nothing short of phenomenal. The 27-year-old Adrian Peterson is into a highly productive season, averaging career-best with 5.8 yards per carry and hitting over 120 yards as well scoring at least one touchdown in last four games. Additionally, just 11 months since a surgery to treat torn ACL in both ligaments, that typically takes players at high skill positions at least 2 years to return at full strength, and Adrian Peterson is already zipping through defensive players on breakaway runs and making high-speed sharp cuts in the hole.
After recording his first 100-yard game against the Detroit Lions in Week 4, Adrian Peterson has maintained the rhythm so that he had 64, 74 and 61 yards runs in the last weeks, and is coming off an average of 7.8 yards per carry over the past month.
“That guy’s a monster,” declared Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen after Adrian Peterson rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown in a 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions again last week. “Are you kidding me? Good luck trying to catch him. That dude’s phenomenal.”
“To come back and answer the way we did and play in a dominant fashion, it really boosts guys’ confidence,” Jared Allen latter stated.
The four-time Pro-Bowler Adrian Peterson has seemingly also developed steadier work ethics, taking the plays to the head and setting up blocks even more patiently.
Now more than ever, the Minnesota Vikings need a motivational performance from Adrian Peterson after returning 6-4 from their bye week in hopes of catching a surprise last spot in the playoffs. The Minnesota Vikings face a tough stretch of last six games that will determine their postseason picture, after facing NFC North leaders Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears in the next 2-3 weeks. Down final three game stretch, the Minnesota Vikings face the St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans and a last home against the Green Bay Packers.
“The next three weeks are huge. We just have to be men on the road,” stated Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway. “We have to figure out a way to go to tough spots and get wins that are ugly and that count.”