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Packers rooting for Peterson, to an extent

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Adrian Peterson getting 208 rushing yards against the Packers this week to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 seems tough to imagine, except for two things.

He’s Adrian Peterson, and he’s playing the Packers.

The Vikings running back put 210 on the board against them at Lambeau Field earlier this month, showing the record is well within his reach.

“He’s a great guy. I’ve gotten to know him outside of football,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said, via Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “You’d love to see a guy who has worked so hard and has overcome so much to win that crown — but ultimately that is against our defense. I don’t think any of us want to see that happen. We’ll do our best to try and contain him.

“He’s a fantastic guy, he’ll make his plays, but let’s hope we don’t give up 200 yards again to him.”

As much as they admire Peterson’s comeback and would like to see him break the record, they have their own interests this week, as they’re still alive for the second seed in the NFC and a first round bye in the playoffs.

Of course, after scoring 55 last week, the Packers could realistically allow Peterson to break the record and still get the win they need to earn a week off.

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24 Responses to “Packers rooting for Peterson, to an extent”
  1. ejmat2 says: Dec 26, 2012 8:49 AM

    As a Vikings fan, I think Clay Matthews is a class act. He’s also a heck of a football player. Love to watch him play the game the way it should be. I just hate it when it’s against the Vikings.

  2. kja22 says: Dec 26, 2012 8:49 AM

    AP is a beast

  3. bleed4philly says: Dec 26, 2012 8:52 AM

    I can’t see the niners losing to the cards tho. Just let him do it like they let strahan break the sack record.

  4. packfntk says: Dec 26, 2012 9:01 AM

    Love AD as a player and he seems like a heck of a guy.

    That being said I hope he runs for -1 yard on Sunday.

  5. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 26, 2012 9:01 AM

    Three things will happen this Sunday.

    1. Peterson goes for 160. Great season, just a little short of the record. He should still be a lock for MVP in my book.

    2. Packers win and go on to sweep the division yet again.

    3. Vikings fans pretend they don’t care that they lost because Minnesota is the greatest place on Earth and there is so much to do other than football. Although no one has actually figured out what they do other than smile and nod and eat bland food with ketchup on it. Regardless, they are a highly cultured society of elites…unlike those hicks in the other 49 states plus Puerto Rico.

  6. purpleguy says: Dec 26, 2012 9:02 AM

    Comments like this make it very hard to dislike this Packers team — guess Vikings fans will have to limit their disgust to the 4-5 regular Packer-fan trolls who are sure to post some smug retort below.

  7. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 26, 2012 9:04 AM

    If iam readinging this right the Packers are hoping to get run over by AP so he can break the record,, maybe bountys were good for the NFL !

  8. thejuddstir says: Dec 26, 2012 9:30 AM

    Great to see rival players have respect for each other……now if only the fans could. Players with class find it easy to have respect for rival players just as posters with class have respect for fans of rival teams. I get all the friendly trash talk but some of the posts you read make you glad your not a neighbor or co-worker of some of these idiots.

  9. majikwen says: Dec 26, 2012 9:32 AM

    if the “fail mary” doesn’t happen the packers have nothing to play for and peterson gets his record.

  10. stellarperformance says: Dec 26, 2012 9:35 AM

    I think Peterson is a tremendous asset and a class guy (so it seems anyway.) As long as the Packers win, I hope he does break the record….Dickerson is a dick.

  11. richcranium2112 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:38 AM

    I’d rather see Peterson really earn a rushing record than see a ‘Favre-type laydown’ on a sack record. AP is wicked good!

  12. abninf says: Dec 26, 2012 9:59 AM

    If they “allow” him to break the record then it will have a * next to it.

  13. kingathen says: Dec 26, 2012 10:08 AM

    Peterson is the ultimate team player and is going to do whatever it takes to win the game. I’m not positive breaking the record is his #1 priority. All Day always does what is best, and that’s for the team.

  14. drillbit19k says: Dec 26, 2012 10:22 AM

    There will be no letting him have it unless one scenario presents itself: if it’s late in the game with the game decided for either team and AP has around 185-190 yards would I see a Favre type lay down. Otherwise forget it, every yard well be contested as long as the game is decided.

  15. 97tahoe says: Dec 26, 2012 10:49 AM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Dec 26, 2012 9:01 AM
    Three things will happen this Sunday.

    1. Peterson goes for 160. Great season, just a little short of the record. He should still be a lock for MVP in my book.

    2. Packers win and go on to sweep the division yet again.

    3. Vikings fans pretend they don’t care that they lost because Minnesota is the greatest place on Earth and there is so much to do other than football. Although no one has actually figured out what they do other than smile and nod and eat bland food with ketchup on it. Regardless, they are a highly cultured society of elites…unlike those hicks in the other 49 states plus Puerto Rico.
    ————————————————–

    Typical cheesehead way of thinking….At the start of the season the most people expected the Packer’s to run away with the division title, and the predictions were the Vikings would win maybe 5 games….here we are getting ready to play the final regular season game and the Vikings are on the doorstep of a playoff berth. Appears to me one team is on the rise & the other (once dominate) team doesn’t really scare people anymore!!!

  16. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 26, 2012 11:28 AM

    Vikings fan here…

    Clay Matthews… Your all class man! He’s a great player with personality to match… His Fathead commercial, is one of my all time favorites.

    It’s nice when guys have a rivalry, but they breath respect for one another. This isn’t like a vikings/saints thing. There’s not much respect there. But here, there’s alot of respect. The Vikings D respects what Rodgers can do to a D… The Pack’s D respects what Peterson can do. They face eachother twice a year, and there is no dirty or questionable stuff. Sometimes officiating can be a little slanted. And i’ve saw it slanted both ways.

    I don’t care what anyone says.. This game is way to hard to call… To many variables. Vikings D has stepped up alot. Has held some very viable opponents in check the past couple of weeks. Packers offense… Well, Rodgers can put up 50 without breaking a sweat…

    I really believe this game will be won in the trenches… Whichever team dominates the line of scrimmage wins. If Rodgers stays verticle, it could be a long day. But if the Vikings can get after him, and our offensive line dictates things, along with the home field crowd, Vikes could pull off an upset.

    Win or lose.. It’s not like it was the past 3 years… 2009, Vikings knew they would win both games… 2010,2011, Packers knew they would win both games… This year, it’s back to the norm of what it has been in the past. To close to call.

    Right now, Pack and Seahawks are the two hottest teams that nobody wants to play. Either way, if they both keep advancing in the playoffs, could see both of them playing away from home. I don’t think it matters. Both teams can win home or away. But i could see an NFCCG between these two, at GB… A repeat of years ago when Hasselbecks mouth wrote a check his body couldn’t cash.. (we want the ball, we are gonna score)… Still remember that! But to me that’s just foolish. Even though Brett would throw the ball in the stupidest places sometimes, you could never bet against him.

  17. adantsa says: Dec 26, 2012 11:32 AM

    AP better get 40 carries on Sunday. No excuse not to put the game on the back of the defense and give AP the chance to go off in the Dome.

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:35 PM

    It looks to me like Clay is apologizing in advance for crushing AP’s dream of breaking Eric Dickerson’s record.

  19. pop562 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:21 PM

    Seattle, the greatest road team in the NFC will make it to the NFCC…good luck with that statement. They don’t have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

  20. melissachambers says: Dec 26, 2012 3:24 PM

    AP is amazing and nobody can doubt that. But from experience it doesn’t seem to matter who’s hurt, who’s hot, or who’s record is better – when the Packers and Vikes play…its anybody’s game.

    Therefore I won’t say that the Packers will win this Sunday…just that I really want them to.

  21. lnfinite says: Dec 26, 2012 3:51 PM

    AP will get the record and the Vikes will upset the Packers. I doubt any Packer fan could ever forget the Moss moon in 2004. Most Packer fans cringe at the possible idea of the purple winning their 2nd playoff game at Lambeau the very week after.

    What a way to end a season when they were 3-13 just last year.

  22. packerbacker12 says: Dec 26, 2012 4:35 PM

    I am a die hard Packer fan and in my honest opinion, Adrian Peterson is MVP by far none. To come back from a serious ACL injury and put up the kind of numbers he has this season is extraordinary. The dude is a beast.

  23. hansenbrothers says: Dec 26, 2012 5:30 PM

    Packer nation, for the most part, wants Peterson to be the MVP. I don’t wanna see them give up 208 yards though, unless ponder gives us the ball in the red zone twice again.

  24. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Dec 26, 2012 9:52 PM

    As a Packer diehard myself (along with many posting here), I agree that Peterson should be the MVP for this season. The Vikings would have 4 wins tops without him.

    *Sidenote: NO other teams, division or conference can match the intensity, hatred and passion that Packers and Vikings fans share against one another. If you aren’t a Packer or Viking fan, you’ll never understand. Can I get an amen?

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