Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings: A Formula for Success?

Ray TannockSenior Analyst ISeptember 29, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings jumps through a hole while carrying the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 24-10.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Three games down, two in the loss column. But in the one win the Vikings did notch, they were able to acquiesce to RB Adrian Peterson's request: let me run more.

But in the process they also showed themselves—hopefully—that they can in fact ride Peterson a lot more, even if they do have Brett Favre throwing the ball.

And that could be a good thing going forward.

The Vikings have already squandered a chance at one of the most elite WRs in the game, Vincent Jackson, and instead settled for Hank Baskett.

Kinda like wanting a BMW but coming down to earth and buying a Hyundai.

They are still trying to shake the rust off Favre and get Harvin healthy, trying tasks to say the least.

And the likelihood of Sidney Rice returning in Week 8 as originally planned is low—it may be a few more weeks off since he was still on crutches as of Sunday.

Clearly at 1-2 there are some issues to deal with.

After this week’s bye, the Vikings head off to the Big Apple to square off with USC poster boy, Mark Sanchez, and the resurgent New York Jets, so the week off will inevitably include a lot of planning...and a lot of healing.

But is this formula the right concoction going forward?

The Jets dealt the New England Patriots a heavy defeat, but the Patriots defense is nowhere near as good as the Vikings' (Minnesota is ranked fifth; New England is ranked 27th).

The Minnesota Vikings just beat a team that, quite frankly, they should’ve beaten, by running the ball heavily.

But that may not be the case come game time Monday night.

The Jets are ranked 20th overall in defense right now but rank fourth against the run, so it may be much more prudent for Favre to light things up, not only against his former team, but on a stage where he traditionally performs well.

The Vikings have yet to unleash WR Greg Camarillo, and they have yet to bench underachieving WR Bernard Berrian, but be that as it may, they still have viable weapons in the passing game that are more than capable of handling a Jets team that is without their “shadow,” Darrell Revis.

After a much-needed rest, the Vikings will simply have to come out of the gate and throw every punch imaginable in an effort to rope themselves back into the divisional race.

And beating the New York Jets really isn’t that far-fetched—it’s just a matter of how many loose ends the Vikings tie up in the off week.

I hope you all enjoyed this article and if so, please take a look at my WK 4 WR Start Sit column.