Adrian Peterson's Return from Injury Is Stunning and More NFC North Notes

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2012

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs for a fshort gain as DeAndre Levy #54 and Erik Coleman #24 of the Detroit Lions attempt to make the stop during the game at Ford Field on September 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Vikings defeated the Lions 20-13.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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How good is Adrian Peterson, right now?

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN says that Peterson's 102-yard day was all the more impressive for the fact that the Lions kept safety Erik Coleman as a linebacker to counter Peterson most of the game.

It's a story that maybe has been brushed under the rug too quickly, but Peterson looks amazing. 

Nobody seems to be talking about it outside of Minnesota.

Consider that most experts said there was no way he should be practicing this August. 

He did.

So then the experts said, "Well, OK, but he's not playing week one, no way."

He did.

Then everyone said, "Sure, but he's not as good as he was."

He is.

Granted, he struggled a bit against the Indianapolis Colts and hasn't see the end zone since Week 1.

Peterson looked very solid against a tremendous San Francisco run defense, and he looked pretty much like the "old" Peterson against the Lions this weekend.

What he's done in the span of time he's done, it's incredible, and I don't think it's being talked about enough. Either we all think the other shoe will drop or people just take what Peterson can do for granted.

If I were a Vikings fan, that's how I would want it. 

After all, Peterson fuels himself on the doubts of others.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

ESPN Chicago's Micheal Wright breaks down what to watch for during tonight's game with Dallas.

Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune says while their immediate situation is somewhat similar, Jay Cutler has very little in common with Tony Romo.

Bleacher Report's own Brett Solesky gives you the key points for Chicago tonight.


Detroit Lions's Anwar Richardson brings a does of reality about the Lions. has the video of head coach Jim Schwartz's postgame press conference.

Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News says the issues with the Lions go way deeper than special teams.


Green Bay Packers

Bob McGinn of the Journal-Sentinel talks about the Aaron Rodgers/Drew Brees title fight.

The Press-Gazette's Mike Vandermause says the Packers may have just saved their season.

Max Ginseberg of takes a look at some of the finer points of the win over the Saints.


Minnesota Vikings

Bleacher Report's Arif Hasan grades out the Vikings' performance from Sunday.

The Star Tribune's Chip Scoggins says we may have all underestimated this team.

Dan Weiderer (also of the Star Tribune) says the win wasn't perfect but the plan was well executed.


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