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Peterson faces most eight man fronts in league

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Adrian Peterson’s season has once again slipped under the radar because he plays on a lousy team.

He’s the league leader in rushes, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns, which is all the more impressive because teams know what’s coming when they face the Vikings.

Mike Sando of reports that no running back faces more eight-man fronts than Peterson.  He has 59 runs against eight-man fronts, for 217 yards and four touchdowns.

If you don’t add an extra defender against Peterson, he will wreck you. (Jon Gruden voice.) Peterson averages 5.37 yards-per-carry when the opposition doesn’t stack the box against him.

Sando notes that Frank Gore ranks second in the league in facing eight-man fronts. That’s a sign that opponents still don’t respect San Francisco’s passing game much.

These stats help show what I’ve thought the last two years: Peterson is playing some of the best football of his career, but this Vikings team is holding him back.

It would be a shame if they waste the prime of an all-time great’s career.

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48 Responses to “Peterson faces most eight man fronts in league”
  1. threedeep1998 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:32 AM

    Vikes will bounce back next year and Peterson will lead the way. (hopefully in MN and not L.A.)

  2. eustus says: Nov 3, 2011 9:34 AM

    If the Lions don’t feel bad about squandering the talent of Barry Sanders, why would the Vikings feel any shame for wasting Adrian Peterson?

  3. robigd says: Nov 3, 2011 9:35 AM

    Doubt anybody faces more 8 man fronts than Jones-Drew. It is a conspiracy.

  4. broncosfan3007 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:38 AM

    Adrian Peterson > Superman

    This guy is stupid good! Happy to have him on my fantasy team!

  5. schmitty2 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:39 AM

    and still can’t be stopped

  6. dgoens3109 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:41 AM

    He’s the best RB in the game and it’s not close.

  7. meegs34 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:42 AM

    Wrong if you include QBs.

    Tim Tebow faces the most 8-man fronts.

  8. londonfletcher says: Nov 3, 2011 9:42 AM

    Christian Ponder needs to keep progressing the way he has been so this team can be playoff caliber. I’d had to see Peterson never even get a chance in the SB, and his talents be wasted. There are few guys like him in the league who got paid and continue to play up to their pay check. He needs a ring.

  9. lucky5934 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:43 AM

    Well that obviously is because Donovan McNabb is a starting caliber quarterback (in his mind) and definitely should be starting (again, in his mind). In reality, the Vikings don’t have a WR or QB currently on their roster that scares even the worst defenses in the league.

  10. snarkzilla says: Nov 3, 2011 9:45 AM

    If you’re trial ballooning a trade, AP’s got a big contract which limits the interest. But I wonder how many picks they could get for him.

    The post-contract contrast between CJ and AP is beyond stark.

    CJ apparently has no brain to go along with no heart because he told an interviewer “You don’t get a big contract over expectations. You get a big contract over things you have done.”

  11. edgarh21 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:46 AM

    Sounds like LT all over again. Hall of Fame running back, on a pathetic team. Yes AP will be a hall of famer.

  12. gdeli says: Nov 3, 2011 9:48 AM

    peterson’s prime will be wasted here in mn. barry sanders had his wasted too. they DARE us(i mean the vikings-i didn’t give away the nfc championship in 2009) to throw. They had it all in 2009 but had 5-6 turnovers in the saints game and farve got creamed so take away the turnovers and win the game would t jack have won the SB for them? Yes, it’s old news but winning a SB in the future? not likely with the vikes supporting cast(especially the damn secondary-swiss cheese). Sorry AP just do your best and enjoy your huge money.You still have it better than us commoners. ha

  13. anhdazman says: Nov 3, 2011 9:48 AM

    Vikings better wise up and get some more offensive talent around AP before they lose this golden opportunity.
    Stud at RB. Stud at DE in Allen, but the coaching staff, QB, WRs, and the rest of the teams have holes. Worst off, they might be in one of the toughest division in the league.

  14. pappavike says: Nov 3, 2011 9:50 AM

    I guess playing in the NFC Title game would be a waste of Petersons career, Some backs never get that close. He just signed a new contract, so if he felt he wasn’t wasting his career, why would anyone else, Oh! you just want him on your team! Bet then he wouldn’t be wasting his career?

  15. rugdog100 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:54 AM

    Vikings are already bouncing back. Ponder offers the relief that Peterson has needed for years. The future looks brighter than it ever has for “All Day” Adrian Peterson aka “The Beast”… that’s why he just signed long term with Minn.

  16. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 3, 2011 9:56 AM

    He signed a huge contract right??

    i dont know why pro athletes do that to themselves. why in the world would you want to stay in a place that continues to have losing seasons.

    hell if he were to not sign a long term deal and hit free agency, he would be able to hook up with a good team.

    Even if the money didnt match what he was getting in Minn., the other benefits would.

    more televised games with a better squad = more endorsements. / a better offense = less 8 man fronts = increased production / a good team = shot at the playoffs / and you don’t have to live in Minnesota.

  17. vikesfan67 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:56 AM

    Calling all Viking fans time to speak up call, e- mail your state reps and tell them to get this stadium deal done!!!!!!!…. If they could find away to build the worst NCAA football program a new stadium they need to figure this one out as well!!! Skol Vikings !

  18. khmer379 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:00 AM

    What you expect he label as the best RB and got payed like one so it shouldnt be a surprise he no C2Gay that for sure lol n the vikings will be back in postseason next year kuz we actually have a QB that can throw more then a 5 yard out pattern just saying

  19. coleman121280 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:04 AM


  20. mel1sharples says: Nov 3, 2011 10:06 AM

    And leads the league in rushing….wow. He should cross the river and go play with a winner.

    I get nervous every time the Pack plays them – he is the best (RB) in the league – But the Packers are the best team in the league (in case you forgot)

  21. mpnieland says: Nov 3, 2011 10:07 AM

    AP’s 8 man front stats are comparable to Chris Johnson’s season stats. Now that’s saying something!

    As a Vikings fan, we’re wasting him. He can’t take this pounding for many more years. If we just would have drafted around him and kept Sidney Rice rather than gamble everything with Favre, we’d be looking a lot more like the Lions. Young, good talent, with potential to be strong for as many years as AP plays.

  22. karulytic says: Nov 3, 2011 10:11 AM

    Is he actually under the radar, though? Despite the Vikings season I’m not sure anyone actually thinks he’s been doing poorly.

    Since you pointed it out, though, worth noting that LeSean McCoy has more yards per game, touchdowns per game, long runs, yards per carry (5.6 overall, vs Peterson’s 5.37 against non 8 man fronts) and fewer fumbles. Though if you asked the average person they wouldn’t put McCoy in the same league as Peterson.

  23. nflcraziness says: Nov 3, 2011 10:12 AM

    If the Vikes can find some O-Line help in free agency, Peterson will have his best year’s in front of him. I think they’ve found their QB, TE, obviously RB, now just some studs up-front and a WR or two and the Vikes will contend with anyone next year, wherever they play.

  24. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 3, 2011 10:13 AM

    Christian Ponder will open things up for him. Peterson might have had his two best games of the season in the last two that Ponder started. Carolina frequently dropped a guy back to defend the pass and Peterson had his best receiving day of his career.

  25. dbellina says: Nov 3, 2011 10:24 AM

    Isn’t it funny that 3 RBs signed big time contacts this year (Deangelo, CJ2K, and AP) and Peterson is the only one living up to it? He’s worth every penny. He’s a great teammate, and awesome person, and an AMAZING player. I’m happy I get to witness a player like AP, because it doesn’t happen very often.

  26. mikemccarthyisfat says: Nov 3, 2011 10:34 AM

    more televised games with a better squad = more endorsements. / a better offense = less 8 man fronts = increased production / a good team = shot at the playoffs / and you don’t have to live in Minnesota.

    Minnesota is the best possible place to live in the country

  27. umrguy42 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:36 AM

    “It would be a shame if they waste the prime of an all-time great’s career.”

    He can ask the Rams’ Steven Jackson how that feels, too.

  28. ddubs15 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:49 AM

    “These stats help show what I’ve thought the last two years: Peterson is playing some of the best football of his career, but this Vikings team is holding him back.

    It would be a shame if they waste the prime of an all-time great’s career.”

    Hey, Rosey:

    I understand your “journalistic” need to be dramatic, but the Vikings made the NFC Championship game in 2009, made the playoffs for several years before that, and have now played 1.5 years of bad football.

  29. ThatGuy says: Nov 3, 2011 10:58 AM

    karulytic- Thats because McCoy isn’t on the same level is AP. They actually have a supporting cast in WRs that don’t suck, and a QB that draws more attention than any other QB in the league.

    The only RB that is even close is Arian Foster, but he also has a better supporting cast.

  30. toolkien says: Nov 3, 2011 11:08 AM

    Hey, maybe the Vikings could trade Peterson in a huge deal moving a bunch of scrubs but netting the Vikes about 8 draft picks (including 3 1st and 3 2nds (conditional)) that eventually will evolve into 5 quality starters for them. Nah, the Vikes couldn’t hope that a team would be that stupid to make a trade like that…

  31. mrjnumber1 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:17 AM

    pappavike is right! for example barry sanders didn’t have a wasted career, because he got to play in the nfc championship game that one time! this logic is bulletproof.

  32. kibawib says: Nov 3, 2011 11:25 AM

    Peterson’s numbers are even more impressive when you consider:
    1) AP’s been playing with either the worst QB in the league (McNabb) or the most inexperienced (Ponder). Explains the 8-man fronts.
    2) AP’s been running behind one of the worst offensive lines in football. Charlie Johnson at LT? An aging Steve Hutchinson? Anthony Herrera coming of ACL surgery (now out with another knee injury)? Terrible.
    3) AP’s poor/inexperienced QBs have been throwing to an injured Percy Harvin (rib) and a couple of other guys who likely wouldn’t start on 30 other teams.
    Put AP on a team with a decent line, competent QB, and at least one guy who can get open deep, and you can bank on 1,800-2,000 yards and 20 TDs. Without them, though, AP’s still on pace for 1,600 yards and 18 TDs. Amazing.

  33. sevensixtwonato says: Nov 3, 2011 11:41 AM

    “i dont know why pro athletes do that to themselves. why in the world would you want to stay in a place that continues to have losing seasons”

    100 million bucks, thats why. Plus, as a Pro he has been on a team that won the division twice, went 8-8 once, and once went 6-10….thats one full loosing season, I will give you that after this year it will be two, but right now its one. That hardly constitutes staying in a place “that continues to have loosing seasons.”

  34. mrgroovesd says: Nov 3, 2011 11:51 AM

    AP is good! He is running behind a line like that and an eight man front and still getting yards. Kinda like how LT was in his early years with the Bolts. He was very good but the team had lousy records.

  35. ridle9 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:54 AM

    Peterson is an absolute stud. I like the direction our new QB, Ponder, is going. We have no real WR’s and we have a coach who is in way over his head!

  36. jdreed68 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:58 AM

    Shady should surpass him on Monday night.

  37. Land Snark says: Nov 3, 2011 12:09 PM

    Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to read the comment section on PFT.

    Most times it’s like having listened to Billy Madison’s rambling response to a quiz show question.

  38. jokendave says: Nov 3, 2011 12:14 PM

    This team has had some good games wasted in the second half. This is not a bad team. Ajustments in the secondary and WR(Place WEBB here) And some more grouth from Ponderosa and we will be just fine. AP and Jared Allen still have to be accounted for. Not worried, just impatient.

  39. jokendave says: Nov 3, 2011 12:15 PM

    (sorry about the spelling

  40. granadafan says: Nov 3, 2011 1:08 PM

    A guy like Peterson is rare in this day of me-first players who get paid and then don’t perform or whine about their next extension because they’re already broke paying off baby mommas and jewelry. Hate the Vikings, but am a big Peterson fan.

  41. mediasloppy says: Nov 3, 2011 1:19 PM

    The Vikings already had a prime team for a few years under Peterson. Brad Childress just needed a flipping QB that can function.

  42. MossMoon2Packers says: Nov 3, 2011 1:27 PM

    For the past few years, I’ve been lamenting the incompetence of the Vikings’ personnel department in failing to upgrade the OL. Just imagine what the Vikings could accomplish if they had an above-average (instead of a mediocre) OL and just an average QB/WRs — they would pretty much be able to have Peterson run the ball on anyone and eat-up tons of clock-time, thereby helping the Vikings D, too. It makes a ton of sense.

  43. dougy1970 says: Nov 3, 2011 1:44 PM

    Peterson fumbled twice in the NFC Championship Game, losing one.

    It would be a shame if the Vikings best chance at the Super Bowl in the Peterson era was wasted, in part, by Peterson.

  44. theytukrjobs says: Nov 3, 2011 5:29 PM

    The Vikings played in an NFC championship game two seasons ago. The Vikings are not THAT bad either. They have lost 5 games by less than a score each. They make a few more plays and they are 7-1.

    The Lions were losing a lot of games by more than 5 when Barry was playing.

  45. pack13queens0 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:36 PM

    John Kuhn>Adrian Peterson.

  46. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 4, 2011 12:18 PM

    “Minnesota is the best possible place to live in the country”

    I honestly can’t think of a more miserable place to live in the United States. I’m being serious.

  47. MossMoon2Packers says: Nov 4, 2011 1:47 PM

    ruvelligwebuike said: I honestly can’t think of a more miserable place [Minnesota] to live in the United States.

    That’s because thinking is not something that you’re capable of. Let me give you a hint of a worse place to live: it’s the black hole of the USA and its initials are GB.

  48. banlarson says: Nov 9, 2011 3:30 AM

    The guy is a class act and a role model for how the game should be played. Hats off to him. Lets hope he gets a shot at the Super Bowl like Walter got before he retired. Payton played on his share of bad Bears teams. Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, Gale Sayers, and Barry Sanders never saw a Super Bowl. Jim Brown made it to the NFL Championship game his rookie year, but only made the playoffs one other time in his career, despite winning the NFL MVP 3 times.

    Doesn’t mean those guys weren’t great. Its hard to put a team together that can pass and run equally well. I’ll put my money on Peterson getting there before his career is over.

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