Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was listed as questionable for the December 5 game against the Buffalo Bills, and up until Sunday it was unknown whether he would even play. This was because of the ankle injury that he had suffered the previous week against the Washington Redskins, an injury that took him out of the game in the second quarter. Well Adrian Peterson did play, and he definitely made his presence felt on the field in a game that not even the funniest Airplane! quotes could make the Bills feel better about, going for over 100 yards on only 16 carries and scoring three times as the Vikings crushed the Bills 38-14.
It is always nice for fans to forget their worries about trying to buy car insurance online and the mortgage and just watch their favorite running back outscore the other team all by himself on a Sunday afternoon. The performance that Adrian Peterson put on was solid and at times spectacular; particularly the third touchdown that effectively ended the game and killed any chance the Bills could have had of coming back and winning. The play stated out with the RB cutting to the left, but then he completely reversed the field to the right and simply sprinted past everyone in a Bills jersey for a 43 yard touchdown. He certainly did not seem like the ankle was bothering him on that play.
Vikings RB Consistently Dominant
Ever since he came into the league in 2007, Adrian Peterson has been nothing short of dominant. With his touchdowns against the Bills, he has become just the fourth running back in the history of the National Football League to score at least 10 touchdowns and rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons. The first three who did it are all in the Hall of Fame or on their way (Campbell, Dickerson, and some guy named LaDainian Tomlinson), so it is fair to say that Adrian Peterson is in some pretty elite company among his peers. It is funny to think that in 2007 several teams thought it was a great idea to pass on him in the first round of the draft because they felt he was injury prone.
He's had a few bumps along the way, but Adrian Peterson has proven to be quite durable overall especially given the physical demands of the position, even contributing on defense at times. His numbers in a few categories are astonishing, like the fact that his second touchdown against the Bills was the 50th rushing TD of his career in only his 58th game. Durability hasn't been an issue for Adrian Peterson since he became a pro, but fumbles have probably been the big flaw in his game, with over a dozen lost fumbles that the team was unable to recover in the first three years of his career.
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But in 2010, more than halfway through the season he has yet to fumble the ball at all. Adrian Peterson has responded to critics the way a great player should, with his play on the field. The Vikings are not looking like a great threat to make the playoffs this year, although they have won two in a row and are not yet mathematically eliminated. But Adrian Peterson sure isn't a weak spot in the lineup. He has become the cornerstone of the offense even on a team with a superstar quarterback and some nice young receivers. Adrian Peterson is a great football player and one that seems to keep getting better because he has the drive to improve and keep working on his game.