When you play the Vikings now, you must pick your poison. And given a choice between a vial labeled “Peterson” and a vial labeled “Favre, Rice, Harvin, Shianco, et. al” I say it is wiser to choose the vial labeled “Peterson.” Let him get 100 yards. Hell, let him get 150. He may even break off one or two long ones. But the priority should be disrupting the passing game and not allowing Brett Favre and his receivers to get into a rhythm.
Unfortunately, the Packers seemed to have the opposite strategy going into their first meeting with the Vikings. The lack of pressure on Favre in that game was nothing short of a disgrace. Let’s hope they don’t make the same mistake again on Sunday. And if that means that the run defense is a little soft, so be it. Adrian Peterson is not going to win the game single-handedly.
I think it's a bit simplistic to say the Packers chose to stop Peterson at all costs at the expense of defensing the passing game. They actually used a lot less of their Big Okie formation than they did against Stephen Jackson just the week before. I do think they did a great job, as the game went on, of putting the Vikings in 3rd and long, only to fail on those downs. Hence, my post below.
- Like Like
- 3 points