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Vikings RB Peterson emerging as big-play threat

The Minnesota Vikings, since they got rid of wide receiver Randy Moss and quarterback Daunte Culpepper, have been looking long and hard for that offensive “home-run hitter”.  After Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, they may have found him.  The person in question rushed 19 times for 103 yards and caught a pass for a 60-yard touchdown.  Who is this person, you may ask?  It is none other than their first-round pick, running back Adrian Peterson.

But the plan originally was to break him in slowly by sharing the rushing load with starter Chester Taylor.  But after Taylor injured his hip in Sunday’s game, Taylor simply took over.  And the raves from teammates and opponents alike were plentiful.  Falcons linebacker told Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, “You can see the talent.  You can see the ability.  There’s no doubt about that.  He’s got a bright future.” 

Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson added,  “Every time he has the football, you have the feeling he’s going to break it.  That is the excitement he gives you.  He has a different tempo about himself. He has a lot of speed and power, pretty much the whole package, so every time you hand him the football, you’re expecting something good is going to happen.” Peterson’s unique blend of speed, power and elusiveness served him well on Sunday and the Vikings will need more of the same next week as the team travels to Detroit to take on the 1-0 (yes folks, 1-0!!) Detroit Lions. 

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