For many backs, being on pace for more than 1,500 yards is reason to celebrate.
But for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, it’s cause for introspection.
According to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Peterson said he needed to do some “soul-searching” after rushing for 100 yards last week against the Bears.
“I was worried about the things that I left out there on the field and how much better I could’ve performed,” Peterson said, triggering feelings of inadequacy in running backs everywhere.
While the numbers were there (his 38th 100-yard game), it wasn’t a vintage performance, or a start up to his own high standards. He fumbled against the Bears, and since his 78-yard run on the first touch of the season, he’s averaging 2.7 yards per attempt.
He described himself as “hesitant,” and said the prescription was to play a more physical style. That will be tougher than you might think this week, as the Browns on defense are as stingy as they are disorganized and inept on offense.
“We pride ourselves on being able to establish the run game,” Peterson said. “So it will be a good challenge for us. I’m excited for it. . . .
“Really trying to strike those guys instead of running away from color as much as I did. I will be changing that this week.”
That’s a frightening thought.