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Week 1 vs. NO
Rushing: 19 / 87 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 14 / 0 on 3 targets
Peterson was all the Vikings really had going in this game and he had redemption on his mind. His last game in the Big Easy was neither big, nor easy, and he definitely had more focus and ferocity in this rematch of last year's NFC title game. What was most interesting and worth noting was the multiple opportunities he received as a 3rd down back in this contest, something that was foreign to him last season as the Vikes bell cow. Peterson looked good in the 3rd down role, catching 3 passes and turning the ball up field after each catch. This new dimension could add some real nice value to his fantasy prospects this year as long as the Vikings get the WR position sorted out and keep defenses honest.
Week 2 vs. MIA
Rushing: 28 / 145 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 41 / 0 on 8 targets
Peterson ran well all day, as the box score indicates. He often crossed the line of scrimmage before being touched, and clichéd as it may be, he really got stronger as the game went on. It was typical Peterson once he got into a groove: he was simply electric on some carries, so often shedding the first tackler with ease, and displaying great balance in turning one play into a 23 yard gain after nearly going down for a loss. He also showed that he can be an effective receiving outlet, though he wasn't targeted heavily; mainly in the 2-minute drill to end each half. His TD was a bit of a gift, coming on the heels of a turnover that gave the Vikings the ball inside the 5 yard line. But later, he was stopped on 4th and goal, which sealed it for the Dolphins.
Week 3 vs. DET
Rushing: 23 / 160 / 2
Receiving: 5 / 30 / 0 on 7 targets
Peterson had a solid game against a surprisingly intense Detroit defense. Five of Peterson's first six touches were for three yards or less. However, as the game wore on, Peterson began to make progress. On the drive leading up to his first TD run, Peterson had five touches, and four of them were for five or more yards. His TD run was a hard run up the middle where Peterson was not to be denied. His other TD run was classic Peterson: He broke through the middle of the line, stiff-armed CC Brown, broke to the outside and out ran all of the defenders for an 80 yard TD. Peterson was also a big part of the passing game, and finished the game as the #2 pass catcher for the team. Although Gerhart took a few snaps away from him, it was clear that Peterson was the workhorse of the team. Even with two minutes to go and the Vikings up by 14, Peterson was still running the ball. He finished with a big game, both for the Vikings and for fantasy owners. He would have had an even better game, but he had two runs of eight and ten yards called back due to penalties late in the fourth quarter. Until the Vikings can find a way to push the ball downfield in the passing game, expect Peterson to be the main focus of the offense from both the rushing and receiving point of view.
Week 5 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 18 / 88 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 20 / 0 on 3 targets
With the vaunted Jets Defense looming, the Vikings timely addition of a deep threat to stretch the field had to bring a smile to Minnesota's workhorse back, Adrian Peterson. Make no mistake about it, Peterson's violent running style is the engine that makes the Vikings offense run. And when he isn't given the opportunity to control the tempo, this team struggles. They started the game with some nice runs from Peterson but their opening drive was stalled by 2 false start penalties and they seemed to abandon the power running game in favor of a quick passing attack that never found it's rhythm until late in the 3rd quarter. Peterson had some strong runs downhill to answer the Jets 5th FG of the night and seemed to energize the offense and make the game interesting again.
Week 6 vs. DAL
Rushing: 24 / 73 / 1
Receiving: 1 / -2 / 0 on 1 targets
Peterson was held in check for most of the game. He was unable to get any type of rhythm going on his runs, and was frequently tackled after a short one or two yard gain. His longest run came in the second quarter when he took the ball off tackle down the left side of the field and was able to break it for a nice 15 yard gain before being pushed out of bounds. He followed it up with a nice seven yard run up the gut on the next play. On the TD run, it was obvious that Peterson was the primary focus of the offense, and they were going to feed him the ball until he was able to barrel into the end zone. Peterson also received the bulk of the offensive carries, giving way to Toby Gerhart only when he Peterson twisted his ankle and had to sit out for a couple plays. It didn't bother him much though and he was back in the lineup a couple plays later. The biggest concern for Peterson should be his lack of involvement in the passing game. With the addition of Randy Moss, it's clear that Farve is looking to push the ball down the field more now. He was never happy with the dink and dunk check-down type of plays that he was calling without a legitimate deep threat, and with Moss in the lineup, it's clear that Peterson is not going to see as much involvement in passing game going forward.
Week 7 vs. GB
Rushing: 28 / 131 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 41 / 0 on 2 targets
The Vikings RB is one of the most violent runners in the league and he didn't fail to impress in this game. Peterson was dominant in this game, running low to the ground with power and push while the Packers had no answer for him. His TD was a 1 yard run in the 2nd quarter and seemed to make big plays every time he touched the ball. He ended the game with 30 touches and looked like he could have handled another 30. And the Vikings may have been better off had they given him the opportunity. Peterson also looked good in the 3rd down role once again, reeling in 2 passes making some nice runs after the catch.
Week 8 vs. NE
Rushing: 25 / 92 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 50 / 0 on 6 targets
Peterson was the whole offense early, with six of the first seven touches and 18 carries in the first half. He was involved as a receiver, even downfield, and he capped the second drive of the game with a TD. Peterson was also stuffed on third and one for the first time this year, and again on fourth and goal, although neither play was blocked well enough to be converted. Peterson was less involved in the second half when the Vikings fell behind, but he is doing enough to stake a claim to being the most valuable player in fantasy football.
Week 9 vs. ARI
Rushing: 15 / 81 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 63 / 1 on 4 targets
There are no more words to describe how truly dominant and special a player that Adrian Peterson is. Peterson ran with a purpose, knocking over defenders and juking them out of their shoes regularly. His receiving touchdown was a nice swing pass from Favre which Peterson dutifully took into the end zone, weaving between bodies like they weren't there. Peterson ran in for a score late in the fourth to make it a one score game. He also had a massive 33 yard run in overtime to essentially end the game for the Cardinals. Peterson was spectacular and continues to be the engine of this offense.
Week 10 vs. CHI
Rushing: 17 / 51 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 24 / 0 on 7 targets
Peterson was not effective on the ground but it wasn't his fault. Peterson had to deal with great penetration and gap control by the Bears defense and he played well to even get the yards he did manage. The Bears never allowed Peterson to get into the open field and swarmed to him rapidly as soon as he touched the ball. Chicago routinely hustled to the ball and made life tough for him. Peterson had two uncharacteristic drops and fell over on one play, leading to an INT by Favre. He ran hard and he fought for every last yard, but the Bears defense deserves the credit for slowing him down.
Week 11 vs. GB
Rushing: 14 / 72 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 16 / 0 on 4 targets
Peterson found no room early in the game. Even when it looked like he might gain a few yards, the Packers defense did a great job of closing on him quickly and bottling him up. Late in the second quarter, Peterson started to find his groove, rattling off consecutive 10 yard runs. The Packers D still closed in fast, but the Viking blockers were winning more of the battles at the line. Down 24-3 in the second half, the Vikings turned mainly to the passing game, which included Peterson, though it's really not his forte. He made a great play on a screen pass, reading the blocking well to find an open space and gain first down yardage, and showed incredible vision in picking up 15 yards on a 3rd and short. He could have easily gone for the one yard play, but saw the field well and got outside for a bigger gain.
Week 12 vs. WAS
Rushing: 6 / 36 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 34 / 0 on 1 targets
Peterson was having a monster game until his ankle injury with 9:48 to go in the 2nd quarter. Averaging 6 ypc, scoring a TD, and ripping off a 34 yard reception on a screen, it was clear that the Vikings were going to re-build their offense around Peterson. His injury changed all that, but his owners should like what they saw...an offense that finally is being built around their best player.
Week 13 vs. BUF
Rushing: 16 / 107 / 3
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 0 on 1 targets
Adrian Peterson put on a simply beastly display despite being gimpy with an ankle injury. Peterson showed no ill effects of the injury as he powered into the end zone near the goal line twice early on. On a six yard run, Peterson was completely stacked up in the teeth of the defense, but managed to squeeze away, shift his momentum to the outside and dash to the first down marker. His best play was undoubtedly his 43 yard touchdown run where he showed his remarkable acceleration to the outside to outrun the defense, a few of whom had great angles to make the tackle. Peterson's world class speed and moves allowed him to make the play.
Week 14 vs. NYG
Rushing: 14 / 26 / 0
Adrian Peterson struggled to get anything going against the Giants this week. When it became clear that the Vikings were not able to go deep, the Giants focused on stopping the run, and Peterson was unable to get anything going. His best run was early in the first quarter when he hit the pile at the point of attack, bounced off and broke it outside for a nice seven yard gain. It would be his longest of the day. Peterson was not able to contribute in the passing game either, and he finished the game without a receptions. There were several plays when he would take the handoff and be hit before he even got back to the line. With no credible threat to go deep, Peterson is going to face a lot of seven and eight man fronts from here on out.
Week 16 vs. PHI
Rushing: 22 / 118 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 11 / 0 on 1 targets
Adrian Peterson ran for 118 yards and a score against Philadelphia in Week 16, breaking through the first line of defenders often and getting to the second level for several big runs. He looked to set up his blocks all night, which appeared to be a questionable tactic when he was starting to break away in the Eagles' secondary. Peterson was one move away from a few big touchdowns on the night, which has to make people wonder if he is not at full strength. That lack of top end speed is probably related to his injured knee sustained a few weeks ago on a backfield collision with Tarvaris Jackson on a botched handoff. Regardless of the questions about his breakaway abilities, he remains a must start against Detroit in Week 17.
Week 17 vs. DET
Rushing: 14 / 31 / 0
Receiving: 2 / -2 / 0 on 2 targets
Whether it was the constant pressure from the Detroit front four or the frustration of a season that was filled with disappointments, Adrian Peterson really struggled in this game. He lacked that characteristic pop to his step and was never able to engage his higher gears on the few carries that he had. He seemed to start the game strong, taking his second carry outside for a nice 10 yard gain that could have been longer but he ran into Percy Harvin who was trying to block for him. However, two plays later, Joe Webb floated a swing pass to him and the defense was able to crush Peterson after he caught the ball, resulting in an eight yard loss. In the second half, he looked like he might get back in the game, with three back to back to back carries for 17 total yards but it never really amounted to any momentum. After converting a critical 4th and 1 later in the 3rd, he took the handoff on the next play and was immediately dropped for a six yard loss. It was typical of a day that saw him bottled up at every turn.