Adrian Peterson's Ground Assault Carries Minnesota Vikings Over Browns

Andy SmithCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2009

With the return of football came the return of Adrian Peterson's continued ground assualt on NFL defenses. For the Minnesota Vikings, the first half wasn't as coordinated as they would have liked it.

However, Peterson's performance through out the game was enough to finish the the Cleveland Browns on the road.

The Vikings went three and out their first two possesions. Their only score in the first quarter came from Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell to tie it up three all.

Into the second quarter the Vikings went all tied up, until a (1:47) possession turned into a one yard touchdown run from Pro Bowl running-back Peterson.

After several exchanges through out much of the second quarter, fate called upon punt returner Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns. 

Cribbs, the Browns' deadly return specialist took a fourty-eight yard punt by Vikings punter Chris Kluwe up the middle and out of reach for a sixty-seven yard touchdown with (1:46) seconds left in the first half.

In a game where all eyes were on future Hall of Famer and Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, the Vikings' first half was anything but prestine. Including Favre.

After the touchdown by Cribbs, the Vikings offense was given a last chance series before they headed to half time, but the offense flopped, going three and out.

Oddly enough, their All-Pro Running-back, Peterson was having troubles running the ball as effective, but what kept him on the sidelines was dehyration and feeling ill.

Once the third quarter started for the Vikings, the playbook opened up and the offense marched down the field on their first possession of the second half (4:53), and scored on another Peterson one yard run.

Peterson would be taken off the field after the score however, after a suffering a deep cut on his left arm while diving into the endzone. He would return after bleeding and being stitched up by the Vikings' medical staff.

As for Brett, he lead the offense down the field minly as the leader attempting only two throws on the drive, one to Viking Tight-end Visanthe Shianco. The other fell incomplete.

After a Brady Quinn pass attempt to Browns wide reciever Braylon Edwards was tipped and intercepted by Vikings Corner-back Cedric Griffin, the offense took over.

Their second drive that took (7:32), was led by Favre and capped off by a touchdown caught by rookie Wide-reciever Percy Harvin, who made his regular season debut in purple.

It was also the first touchdown pass for Favre in a purple uniform.

Later in the fourth quarter, the Vikings added to their lead with another Longwell field goal, making the score (27-13).

After a Cleveland Browns' punt, the Adrian Peterson show began again with a very short (:13) possession that started and finished on one play. That play was a sixty-four yard touchdown run by Peterson, in which he broke off two Browns defenders and slapped the third out of bounds on his way to the endzone.

(Adrian Peterson's 64 yard TD run: )

After (180 yards) rushing and (3) touchdowns from the star running-back out of the University of Oklahoma, the Vikings had a commanding lead at 34-13.

The helpless Browns however used what time remained to march down the field and score on a 26-yard pass from Quinn to Browns wide-reciever Robert Royal to make the game less painless.

The Vikings ended with the ball and ended the game walking away with a week one road victory over the Cleveland Browns 34-20.

The game belonged to Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, and Percy Harvin due to their continous efforts all game long to get the offense down the field and into the endzone.

All it took though, was three rushing touchdowns by the NFL's best running-back in Peterson to really end the game for a Browns team in re-building.

The Vikings (1-0) now look ahead to week two where they will once again be playing away from home against a NFC North divsion rival, the Detroit Lions (0-1).

The Lions who started rookie quarterback and the number one overall draft pick Mathew Stafford, were carved up Sunday by New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees and his career tying six passing tocudowns.

The biggest key to a victory week two, will be to continue the run with Peterson, open the passing game more as Favre becomes more comfterable with his recievers and the Vikings defense to pressure and get in the face of the Lions young Stafford.



Andy Smith is a writer for Bleacher Report and the Minnesota Vikings.