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Peterson rated as Top NFL Running Back by RealScouts

Viking fans knew it all along, but validation is always redemptive. In an article written for the sporting news, the folks at Real Scouts ( an agency that analyzes NFL and college players, coaches and teams exclusively for Sporting News ) has rated Adrian Peterson as the best running back in pro football.

According to the article, Peterson “ is the best pure runner in the game, leading the league in rushing average as a rookie and rushing yards in ’08. He’ll get more chances to show his blocking and receiving skills this season.”

What is not mentioned, is that Peterson also has to endure almost constant defensive keying while defenses flood the box with 8 players at a time to slow him down. This is possible, because the Viking passing game is so largely not feared that often the remaining 3 defensive players are for the most part able to contain their 3-5 targets with good success. This is precisely the reason that the Vikings are so desperately in need of a quarterback who can take advantage of this situation.

Tavaris Jackson has been unable to consistently pressure defenses enough to discourage this trend, and Sage Rosenfels, although a possible upgrade, is far from a sure thing here.

Thus the Vikings infatuation with Brett Favre, who is viewed as an almost perfect fit with the west coast offense the team runs. Favre ran a similar offense with the Green Bay Packers with great success and the Vikings are hopeful that if healthy, he would have the same success with them.

Can you imagine what having Brett Favre would do for the success of Adrian Peterson ? Combine that thought with the recent upgrades on the offensive line and you could be looking at a player who could break every single season rushing record in existence.

Other players on the list include:

2. Steven Jackson – Rams
3. Brandon Jacobs – NY Giants
4. Brian Westbrook – Eagles
5. Frank Gore – 49ers
6. Clinton Portis – Redskins
7. Micheal Turner – Falcons
8. LaDainian Tomlinson – Chargers
9. Matt Forte – Bears
10. Chris Johnson – Titans

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