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Saints Week: Running Offense

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We all know that the Vikings run defense is capable of making offenses become one-dimensional.  The mere presence of Adrian Peterson does the same thing to opposing defenses.

The Vikings 13th ranked rushing attack will have an opportunity to be productive against the Saints 21st ranked rushing defense.

Adrian Peterson’s “struggles” led to him being having the 5th most yards of all NFL running backs, the most touchdowns, and an average of 4.4 yards per carry.  In the regular season, the Saints allowed an average of 4.5 yards per carry.

In addition to Peterson, the Saints will be responsible for stopping the increasingly productive Chester Taylor and Percy Harvin. 

Take a look at ProFootballFocus.com and you will see stats that suggest that the Saints have been pretty poor at stopping the run, starting with atrocious numbers from defensive end Will Smith.  Jonathan Vilma is perhaps the biggest threat that will need to be neutralized by the Vikings offensive line.

Regardless of production, however, the Vikings will need to pound it out on the ground for much of this game.  Controlling the clock against such a high-powered offense is essential.  Causing the defense to pick run defense as their poison of choice will aid Brett Favre’s efforts if the game turns into a wild shoot out.  Perhaps most importantly, Adrian Peterson will have opportunities to break big plays against a team that has been mediocre at their very best against the run.

Last week, the Vikings committed to the run despite a relative lack of production.  Peterson carried the ball 26 times for only 63 yards, an average of only 2.4 yards per carry, but was still a main focus of the defense as evidenced by the Cowboys willingness to bite on play action and leave Sidney Rice in single coverage.  Against the Cowboys, the Vikings also had impeccable timing when it came to giving the rock to Chester Taylor (4 carries for 23 yards) and Percy Harvin (3 carries for 23 yards).  The Saints will almost certainly stack the box to stop Peterson, but he and the offensive line should be able to find more success than they have in recent weeks.

Last week the Saints were getting run on by the troubled running game of the Cardinals.  The Cardinals averaged 6.7 yards on 15 carries, but abandoned their rushing efforts after their defense let them down and forced the offensive game plan to become pass oriented.

PLAYER TO WATCH:  Think about it, the Saints are 21st in the league in rushing defense despite often times forcing teams to abandon the run.  If the Vikings defense can hold their own against Drew Brees, then I suspect that we all could see the game out of Adrian Peterson that we’ve been waiting for.  Peterson is itching to have a visible and obvious impact in the post-season and this matchup provides a great opportunity for him to shut up everyone that thinks he has slumped.


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3 Responses to “Saints Week: Running Offense”

  1. CSlinde says:

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  2. […] Barry Petchesky wrote a very interesting post today.   Here’s a quick excerpt:The mere presence of Adrian Peterson does the same thing to opposing defenses. The Vikings 13th ranked rushing attack will have an opportunity to be productive against the Saints 21st ranked rushing defense. […]

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