Childress Gives Peterson a Shot to Win It – and He Does


Like a weight lifted off the shoulders of head coach Brad Childress, that is how big Sunday’s win over the Packers was. The team needed this confidence lift not only to make a statement that they can compete in the NFC North, but also because they had to show the Packers they mean business.

The losses to the Packers have been many in the Childress era, and Sunday they did it the way they should have done it all along – give the ball to your best player, and let him win the game for you. That’s what the team did after falling behind 27-21 with 5:56 to go. It was time once and for all to let Adrian Peterson win the game, and the teams franchise back went out and did it.

Peterson was the key to the game winning drive, wrapping it up with a nifty 29-yard TD run that was the play that stars make, and make no mistake, Peterson is a star in this league. The back deserves a day in the hot tub after 30 rushes for 192 yards (6.4 yards per carry) and the game winning score. Not only that he also caught three passes for 33 yards when Gus Frerotte needed some check downs.


Frerotte didn’t have one of his better games, throwing three picks, so Childress did the right thing by making sure the game came down to Peterson and his play. He ran 4 times in the winning drive, caught two passes, and deserved oxygen when it was all over.

Now that maybe Childress finally sees what his #1 back can do, maybe he won’t be so close minded in not giving him more shots with the game on the line. It’s because of him that today the team is 5-4 instead of 4-5.

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