Vikings Are Dead with No Teddy Bridgewater Despite Greatness of Adrian Peterson

September 2, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The year was 2008, and Adrian Peterson was obliterating the NFL.
Defenders were afraid to tackle him. That is not an exaggeration. They were fearful. You would see Peterson lower his shoulder pads and 250-plus-pound, strong-ass men would just go along for the ride.
Seven-man fronts, eight-man fronts...none of it mattered. Teams knew he was getting the ball, waited in the gaps for him and he'd still break one for 15 yards. Or 25. Or 40.
Peterson had an astounding 363 carries for a league-leading 1,760 yards. That season was remarkable, even for him. He repeated the feat in 2012, when he rushed for 2,097 yards on 348 attempts and the Vikings went 10-6 and lost in the Wild Card Round. It wasn't solely the sheer wattage that impressed, but the way in which Peterson emulated the likes of Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson and O.J. Simpson—players who took entire teams on their backs and carried them, and carried them and carried them some more.
In 2008, Peterson was 23 year...

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