Adrian Peterson finally gets a real shot at facing the Vikings

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When Adrian Peterson signed with the Saints in April 2017, he knew that the Saints would open the season on Monday Night Football against the Vikings in Minnesota. He didn’t know that the Saints would soon draft Alvin Kamara, institute a three-headed monster at tailback, and use Peterson sparingly in that game.

Peterson apparently wasn’t happy at the time, and he eventually was traded to the Cardinals. Now in his second season with Washington, he returns to Minnesota for the first time since that deflating evening three Septembers ago.

And although he has an ankle injury, Adrian Peterson is still Adrian Peterson. With coach Jay Gruden fired, interim coach Bill Callahan has embraced Peterson, making him the focal point of the offense. Tonight, Washington will need Peterson to churn up yards so that the offense can control the clock and keep what has suddenly become a well-oiled and perfectly-balanced Cook-and-Cousins complementary machine from systematically routing Peterson’s current team.

If Peterson can run well, then another former Viking (who arrived the year Peterson left) can take advantage of play-action opportunities and possibly make a game that has the Vikings favored by 16.5 points a lot closer than that.

And the Vikings should have some concern about a point spread that large. Last September, a 17-point margin against Buffalo became a straight-up loss. If Peterson and Case Keenum can do the same thing tonight, it may would be the wrong kind of Minneapolis Miracle.

6 responses to “Adrian Peterson finally gets a real shot at facing the Vikings

  1. There’s no ill will between the Vikings and AP. If there is it’s on his side. Peterson was paid extremely well by the Vikings even when he was suspended and the team didn’t have to pay him. He was due $17 million in the last year of his contract and there was no way the team would have paid that. He could have taken a pay cut and still made around $7 million. He refused and got around $3 million from the Saints. Purely a business decision on both sides.

  2. I was always a big AP fan while he was with the Vikes. At least as a player.
    That being said, I’d like to see him fumble about 6 times tonight.

  3. Skins have little or no chance of beating Minnesota. I’d like to see Peterson do well just because. He made the Pack look stupid for years and if you’re a fan of the game, you love watching the guy play.

    Everything else is fluffy stuff. Watch the guy play.

  4. There’s no ill will between the Vikings and AP. If there is it’s on his side. Peterson was paid extremely well by the Vikings even when he was suspended and the team didn’t have to pay him. He was due $17 million in the last year of his contract and there was no way the team would have paid that. He could have taken a pay cut and still made around $7 million. He refused and got around $3 million from the Saints. Purely a business decision on both sides.

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    Peterson has always debunked that story that he could have signed for a reduced rate with the Vikings in 2017. He has always said the Vikings GM called him and told AP that they (Vikings) were signing Lactavius Murray. So this story is just as fake news as the story AP yelled at his coach at New Orleans. That was also fake news.

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