San Diego Chargers: Bolts' Defense Denies Peterson's Guarantee

Camrin BaucomContributor IIISeptember 12, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:   Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Donald Butler #56 and Takeo Spikes #51 of the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on September 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers' defense went into the Week 1 game against the Minnesota Vikings with a key note in mind:

Don't let Adrian Peterson loose.

The last time the Chargers went up against the Vikings back in 2007, the Chargers allowed Peterson to run all over their defense. Peterson ran the ball 30 times for an NFL-record 296 rushing yards and three touchdowns. 

This was a time where the Chargers and their fans don't want history to repeat itself.

This time around, the Bolts didn't let that happen.

Prior to Sunday's game, Peterson guaranteed to the press that he would rush for over 200 yards and the Vikings would win the game.

Fortunately, for the Chargers, Takeo Spikes, team leader in tackles with 11, and the San Diego defense didn't allow Peterson to become a game-changing factor in the game.

Spikes responded in an interview after the game regarding Peterson's statement saying:

“We came into the defensive meeting room the next day and coach played the clip. I was like, 200 and a ‘W,’ huh? What did he have today?"

"You come into our house saying, 'What you gonna do?' Because in the end you have to realize your success is predicated off the men in front of you, and I know I got some dogs in front, and they went hunting today."

Peterson didn't make it over 100 yards rushing in the game.

He ended up with 16 rushes, 96 yards and no touchdowns.

With new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky calling defensive plays on the sidelines, the Chargers have a top five defense in the NFL so far after Week 1.

Now the Bolts have a new, smash mouth defense ready to take on any and every offense that comes at them.