New York Giants Defensive Front vs. Adrian Peterson: Sunday's Key Matchup

Jim MancariCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12: Barry Cofield #96 of the New York Giants celebrates with team mate Chris Canty #99 after sacking Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers during the NFL season opener at New Meadowlands Stadium on September 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Heading into the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the New York Giants must continue to stop the run like they have done all season.

However, one man stands in their way.

Adrian Peterson.

With Brett Favre struggling this year, the Vikings have turned their focus to their running game. AP is beastly and currently sits fifth in the league with 1,123 yards rushing. Mind you, through only 12 games.

As a team, the Vikings are ranked eighth in the league with 127.7 rushing yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry.

Meanwhile, the G-Men are ranked seventh in stopping the run, having only given up 98 yards per game. The whole defensive line, especially Barry Cofield and Chris Canty, have consistently plugged up the holes for opposing backs.

Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck have also contained opposing backs from bouncing their runs outside. Peterson is probably most effective as a north/south runner, but he does have the ability to shake and bake to the outside.

Maurice Jones-Drew ran wild a few weeks ago, but Big Blue did a fine job containing Washington. The problem is that Peterson is as talented (if not more talented) than Jones-Drew, so the Giants will have their work cut out for them.

Let's face it. Brett Favre is not the offensive threat he once was. Hopefully, the Giants have realized this by now and have geared up this week to stop the run.

The New York Football Giants have always been known for their defense and it will hold the keys for their success as they close out the regular season.