But the Vikes came out better than anybody thought. Partly that was because the defense was better than expected: good against the run, but also opportunistic at forcing turnovers and scoring or putting the team in great field position. But also it was because of Adrian Peterson. In '07 and in '12, nobody was quite sure what we had in Peterson, but we were hopeful. And both years, he tore into the league with reckless, powerful, motivated talent.
Adrian Peterson is obviously giving us his signature season, the one that shows once and for all that he belongs in conversations with Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and the elite like. Today's game was his ninth 100 yard game of the season (and eighth straight), his sixth with 150 yards, and his second 200 yard game. He moves to 1,812 rushing yards for the season. He currently has a yards per carry number (6.27) that we haven't seen from a workhorse running back in a very long time. This is Jim Brown 1963, Barry Sanders 1997 level stuff. And he's doing it every which way: make-you-jump-up-and-scream long runs mixed with consistent grinding runs. It could not be more fun to watch. This is the season that, if for some wild reason Adrian Peterson retired this offseason, already pushes him into the Hall of Fame, in my opinion. And if the Vikings do make the playoffs, it will be a season worthy of an MVP trophy.
As in '07, the Vikings just moved to 8-6. It's not easy from here, as the Vikings go to Houston and host the Packers in the final weeks. And they'll have to beat those teams without a professional passing attack.
But as always, enjoy the Ws when they come, because sometimes they don't come.