All Day. The name, or in this case the nickname, says it all. Adrian Peterson simply plowed through the St Louis Rams all day on Sunday. There is no other way to describe it. The Minnesota Vikings took down the Rams, 36-22, but most of the team simply hopped on #28 and enjoyed the ride.
For most human running backs, getting 100 yards on 24 carries would be a good day. AD got 212 yards on those 24 carries, including an 82-yard TD run in the second quarter. Behind the running of their star, the Vikings built a commanding 30-7 halftime lead, and while the Rams did get some points in the second half, the game’s outcome wasn’t ever in question after the second quarter. Christian Ponder executed the most important part of his gameplan on Sunday, he didn’t make any mistakes. In fact, the Vikings’ much maligned QB actually scored the first TD of the game on a very nice scramble from inside the 10-yard line. The other major star from the Viking offense on this day was rookie Blair Walsh. The kicker showed why he might be one of the best in the NFL over the next several years, as he went 5/5 including three FG’s from 50+ yards. The day certainly belonged to Peterson, but the rest of the offense didn’t do anything to take away from his excellence.
The Vikings’ defense had a good day as well. They punished Rams’ QB Sam Bradford early and often. The guys in purple recorded 4 sacks and several simply brutal hits on Bradford. The fact that he stayed in the game is a testament to his toughness. Everson Griffen even scored a TD on behalf of the defensive line, picking off a pass and taking it 29 yards to the house in the second quarter. It’s always entertaining to see a 300-pound lineman make a play like that.
So now the Vikings have finally managed to win another road game(only their second this season), and find themselves right in the middle of the playoff race. At 8-6, they are stuck in a pack with Chicago, Dallas, Washington, and the NY Giants, although right now the Redskins are the NFC East Division leaders by virtue of owning the tiebreaker. In fact, if the NFC Playoffs started today Minnesota would be a wild card(6th seed), but if the Giants win out they will overtake them by virtue of an other tiebreaker. What? Well, it’s way to early to even worry about that. The Vikings have two incredibly difficult games left on their schedule. The first is now just about six days away as they will prepare to take on the AFC’s #1 seed Texans, in Houston. Hey Coach Frazier, get that Bulldozer ready. The Vikings are going to need him.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).