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The Need To Feed Adrian Peterson

October 17, 2011

The storyline heading into Sunday’s match-up with the Green Bay Packers will be Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier’s decision to either stick with his incumbent quarterback or hand over the reins to a rookie signal caller.

But as important as the quarterback position is in today’s pass-happy NFL, the player lined up directly behind the quarterback will matter most for the Minnesota Vikings.

Regardless of who gets the starting nod, Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will need to be creative in planning and patient in executing the game plan around Peterson. The Packers have been gouged through the air this year, but the Vikings best chance of defeating the league’s sole undefeated team will be on the ground.

Peterson needs the ball early and often. If the former Oklahoma Sooner does not account for half of the team’s offense, victory will be difficult to come by. In fact, the Vikings sole victory this season came when Peterson represented half of the team’s total offense. In the five losses, his combined runs and catches accounted for an average of thirty-five percent of the Vikings total offense. In last Sunday’s blowout loss to the Chicago Bears, Peterson’s twenty-percent of the offensive load was glaringly reflected in the final score.

Whether Peterson plays the part of security blanket for a young quarterback or creator of play-action for a veteran, his role cannot be understated. As Peterson goes, the Vikings offense goes.

So if Minnesota hopes to upset its neighbors to the east, Adrian Peterson’s nickname of All Day, should reflect the team’s philosophy on Sunday: Feed Peterson the ball…all day.

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