Vikings looking to ruin Peterson for 2011

Enjoy Vikings RB Adrian Peterson while you can. This is probably his final year of fantasy relevance.

Yep, you read that right.

Let’s look at what we know about the Vikings right now. Peterson is good. Brett Favre is not. The Vikings see this and have decided to give the ball to Peterson seemingly on every play. And really, I almost expect the Vikings to spend their bye week thinking of Wildcat-type plays for Peterson to run. Maybe find the guy who is teaching Tim Tebow to throw and have him work with Peterson on his throwing motion.

Do you think he would throw more interceptions than Favre? Seriously, you would almost think that Lem Barney and Nightrain Lane were suited up for the Lions, who are the real-world equivalent of playing Madden on rookie level. Favre could only post modest numbers against the Lions, which likely means a heavy dose of Peterson going forward.

What does this have to do with Peterson next season? He’s on pace to surpass 370 attempts — the dreaded number that spells doom for running backs the following season. Peterson is only slightly above the pace (373 attempts, actually), so there is a chance that coach Brad Childress could see the light.

That does not seem likely, though.

Childress sees Favre every day. We only have to endure him on Sundays. The Vikings decided to play for this season when they brought back Favre, so figure it to be Peterson or broke going forward.

Adam Rank

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