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Adrian Peterson has forcefully thrust himself into the Most Valuable Player discussion with a bevy of impressive performances in the second half of the season, and he did nothing but bolster the talks with his astounding game against the Packers.
With 199 yards on 34 carries, Peterson ended with 5.9 yards per carry and a rushing touchdown. More than that, Peterson produced yards when it mattered the most: third downs and crucial long-distance situations.
Adrian "All Day" Peterson, for example, converted a run on 2nd-and-27 to get the down marker in a way that Vikings fans have learned to appreciate. No other player inspires the type of impossible confidence that Peterson does, and he rewarded the fans by driving the ball from just inside Blair Walsh's range to a near chip-shot while gunning for the single-season rushing title.
Peterson consistently performed against stacked boxes, and he was critical as both a decoy to get receivers open on play action and as the deadliest ball-carrier in the league.
Moving the chains on important downs made him a winner just as much as his yardage total or his two touchdowns did.
It's clear that the Vikings aren't much without Peterson, and they'll always give themselves opportunity to mold their offense around him. With continued performances like this, it looks to be a winning strategy.
Peterson was clearly one of the most intriguing running backs to hit the league in a long time, and he has played like it.