One word that Vikings fans wouldn’t use to describe running back Adrian Peterson is “hesitant”. But after reviewing game film of himself, he talked with the Star Tribune about his performance and used that word.
“I was worried about the things that I left out there on the field and how much better I could’ve performed. I was just able to confirm that I was hesitant on some [runs]. Even though I didn’t realize it when I was out there, I could see on film that I was trying to do too much instead of taking what the defense gave me.” -Adrian Peterson
Sadly, things aren’t going to get any easier for Adrian this week. On Peterson’s last 43 carries, he is only averaging 2.7 yards per carry and has only gained 7 first downs. Now, he faces a stout Cleveland Browns defense which currently ranks first in the NFL in yards per carry (2.0) and fourth in total rushing yards allowed per game (59.5).
Last year’s NFL Most Valuable Player has an idea of what he can do to improve.
“You can kind of get out of whack at times, and you’ve got to be able to evaluate yourself and see how you can improve and get back on track. So it’ll be a pretty easy adjustment for me. We pride ourselves on being able to establish the run game, so it will be a good challenge for us. I’m excited for it.” -Adrian Peterson
We will get to see if Adrian will be able to get 100 yards rushing on Sunday. It could be very difficult for him to achieve that against this tough defense and his recent struggles carrying the ball.
“Everytime I don’t get 100 , I think ‘wow!’ Because it’s so easy to get 100.” -Adrian Peterson
Let’s hope he doesn’t let himself down again on Sunday.