Minnesota Vikings Earn Their First Win As Adrian Peterson Runs Wild

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Minnesota Vikings Earn Their First Win As Adrian Peterson Runs Wild
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Peterson busts out an 80 yard touchdown on Sunday against the Lions

He's back and looks better than ever.

After a "down year" that saw Peterson fumble seven times in 2009, six of which he lost, he has picked it up through the first three weeks of the season.

In each of the first three weeks, Peterson has gotten better with each carry. He's being patient and hits the hole with force, something that resulted in his longest career touchdown of 80 yards on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

The Vikings defense has been solid against, but Peterson has been the rock that has held the team together. Had it not been for Peterson, this team wouldn't have stood a chance in weeks one and two and would have probably started the season 0-3.

Peterson hasn't fumbled yet and is currently on pace for 2,091 yards and 16 touchdowns. While I don't think he could hit the 2,000 yard mark, it's very possible with the way he's been running.

While Peterson has been fantastic thus far in 2010, there's one guy that has struggled mightily, Brett Favre.

With Favre being his 2005 self, it's been hard for the Vikings offense to stay on the field. His six interceptions in just three games is already just one less than he had in his first 17 games last season. He has sorely missed his number one target Sidney Rice.

If Favre can find a reliable target, the offense should be just fine. They may not return to their 2009 form, but with the defense playing the way it is right now, the offense won't need to.

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Another disappointment thus far has been the offensive line. They received their toughest test of the season against the Lions and their stout front four, but held their own rather well compared to the previous two weeks.

Losing center John Sullivan early in the first quarter was not a good sign. After all, the Vikings had deactivated backup center Jon Cooper prior to the game. That left backup tackle Ryan Cook to play center.

While I can't stand Sullivan and think he's worthless, I've always felt Ryan Cook was the worst offensive lineman on the team.

When Cook replaced Sullivan, I thought rookie Ndamukong Suh and Corey Williams would tear him apart. However, Cook played his best game as a Viking in my opinion and my hope is he becomes the starter. After all, Favre was given more time to throw than in the previous two games and Peterson had some nice holes to run through.

To that I say, thank you Ryan Cook and hope you can replace the extremely inept John Sullivan!

With a bye week coming next for the Vikings, it'll give guys like Chris Cook, Cedric Griffin, Jimmy Kennedy, E.J. Henderson, and most importantly, Brett Favre, time to heal some early season injuries. The Vikings should be completely healthy with the exception of Sidney Rice who likely won't be back until the first part of November.

This bye week is going to be crucial for the Vikings as October looks to be a deadly month. The Vikings face the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and the New England Patriots in their next four games with three of the four being on the road.

If the Vikings can get through this part of the schedule with a 2-2 record, it'll be a win as the rest of the season is a little easier. The Vikings are going to need all the help they can get in a division that features a great Green Bay Packer team and massively improved Chicago Bears team.

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