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Are The Vikings Getting Away From Their Strength?

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 06:  Runningback Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Vikings 30-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Casey WomackCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

If you have paid attention to the Vikings this season, you already know what this article is going to be about just by reading the title.

It worries me that through out the season the Vikings are turning into a pass first type of offense just because Brett Favre has had success throwing the ball this season. 

But the main reason he has been doing so well was because the defense had to over load the box to stop Adrian Peterson

Because of that, Favre had a lot of single coverage on his main receivers and had easy throws to make.

Since then, the Vikings have become over confident in Favre and are now a pass first, run AD second offense. 

As much as I love Favre, he makes too many mistakes when the defense plays back.  He forces too many passes that results in mistakes.

Peterson seems to get the ball in only obvious run situations causing the defense to send the house stopping him as soon as he touches the ball.

It's not coincidence that he's averaging only about 3.5 yards a game the past few weeks with the only exception from a weak Detroit team.

The last respectable game he had was against Baltimore when he had 22 touches and averaged 6.5 a carry.  That was in week six.

Coach Childress seems to be forgetting that it was Adrian Peterson that led them to the playoffs last year almost single handidly with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback.

I think the Vikings offense was at their strongest when Peterson was the focus on the offense at the beginning of the season.  Favre had just as many throw attempts as Peterson had run attempts.  It was balanced.

Adrian Peterson had his second-lowest career carry attempts against Arizona and of course they lost.  How does that happen?  Every time he ran it was completely obvious and only ran on running situations.

This team has unlimited potential and could very easily get far in the playoffs.  But they could definitely be in trouble if they don't get back to their bread and butter and let AD loose.

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