Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster are the showcase battle, but at the end of the day the Minnesota Vikings' success is far more tied to Peterson's success than the Houston Texans' is to Foster.
The Texans are going to have to work hard to stop him and put the ball into Christian Ponder's hands, because when Ponder has to throw the ball, bad things tend to happen.
Peterson is able to slip past stacked fronts and when he gets to the second level, finds too much open space. The Texans will have to make sure that they have someone waiting to meet Peterson if he breaks free.
Minnesota is struggling to tackle anyone, and Foster is a very good back who will kill this defense if they don't hit him in the backfield.
The problem the Vikings face defensively is what happens if they do stop Foster, and then quarterback Matt Schaub throws to Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels.
Houston locks a bye week down with a win and steps a little closer to home field throughout the playoffs. The Vikings need the win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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