Vikings Need to Keep Peterson Away from Field Goals and More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)
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So, I guess Adrian Peterson feels he's done all he can do at running back.

I say that because according to Ben Goessling of the Pioneer-Press, he's lobbying to play special teams.

Apparently for the last two years Peterson has lobbied to get on the field goal blocking team. He dreams of coming off the edge, extending his body and stuffing a late-game kick to win a game.

Well, he's done everything else to win a game, right?

As much as I appreciate his dedication and drive (and maybe his sense of humor), there's no way I want him anywhere near a punt or kick blocking unit.

I might be OK with him returning kicks or punts in a pinch, but the last thing we need after a tremendous season is to watch him break an arm (like a certain Patriots tight end) at this juncture.

So let's chalk this up to the exuberance of Peterson being Peterson and hope they pat him on the back and tell him he's nuts.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

The Sun-Times' Sean Jensen thinks the Bears' head coach opening is the best available job out there.

Our own Aaron Nagler has some great takes on the Bears' coaching search in this video over at The Go Route.


Detroit Lions

Carlos Monarrez of the Free Press says that GM Marty Mayhew thinks one of his biggest mistakes this season was not having a replacement for Jahvid Best just in case.

With the amount of concern about the lack of defensive playmakers in the secondary and character concerns about players already in house, John Niyo of the Detroit News thinks Mayhew is running out of time.


Green Bay Packers

The Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn says rookie Don Barclay has carved himself out a starting spot on the offensive line.

The writers at the Press-Gazette talk the return of Chuck Woodson, Pro Bowl selections and more in this video.


Minnesota Vikings

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus and 1500 ESPN gives you three keys to a Vikings victory over the Packers. 

Dan Weiderer and Mark Craig talk Ponder's pivotal game last Sunday, stopping Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense, Bill Musgrave's game plan last week and more in this video over at the Star-Tribune. 



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