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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Oct 22 2012 @ 1:39 am In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments

The Minnesota Vikings entered week 7 of the NFL season with the most balanced offense in the league.  That was not the case on Sunday as they hosted Arizona.   They entered the day with a 50/50 run/pass split, but that ratio went to 61% run and 39% pass for the afternoon.  This would be a day about the Vikings’ defense.  Oh yeah, there was a guy they call “All-Day” that showed up pretty big too.

Adrian Peterson continued his remarkable comeback story in the Metrodome against the Cardinals.  AP went for 153 yards on 23 carries with a TD.  And it wasn’t just about numbers.  Adrian was mowing down defenders like he was Walter Payton, John Riggins, or the Adrian Peterson that the NFL has come to know and love, while defenders learn to fear him.  This is what makes somebody like Peterson different than somebody like Chris Johnson.  Defensive players prepare for Johnson, but they will never fear him, at least not in the physical contact sense.  It is impossible to overstate how uncredible it is that AP has returned from a major knee injury in less than a year with the same explosiveness that he had previously.

It’s a good thing that Minnesota was able to run the ball, because Christian Ponder was awful on Sunday.  The second-year QB had his worst game in recent memory, throwing for a whopping 58 yards on 8/17 passing, with 1TD and 2INT.  Ponder has had a very good year, so fortunately for Minnesota, his poor outing didn’t cost them the game.

The Vikings’ defense played dominant on this afternoon.  They did give up some yards in the air while they were ahead, but they hit Cardinals’ QB John Skelton mercilessly throughout the game, and sacked him seven times.  Skelton was in for the injured Kevin Kolb and he could have easily wound up on the sidelines with his fellow QB.

Now the Vikes find themselves at 5-2 and looking down at much of the NFL  This is certainly a welcome change from just one year ago when this team was in the midst one one of the worst seasons in franchise history.  Minnesota won’t get much rest as they get ready to host the Buccaneers on Thursday night.  Tampa is a physical team that has proven troublesome to almost every team they have played this year.  But at least for a couple hours they can enjoy what it’s like to be near the top.

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