Found October 04, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Two seasons ago, a meeting between Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson, two of the NFL's premier running backs, would have been a highlight on the NFL's weekly schedule. Sunday's game, with Johnson's Tennessee Titans visiting Peterson's Minnesota Vikings, would have been billed as a matchup involving perhaps the game's biggest breakaway threat in the speedy Johnson and the best combination of power and elusiveness in Peterson. The two have been linked since Johnson debuted in 2008 with a 1,228-yard rookie season. Peterson, a year earlier had rushed for 1,341 yards as a rookie. The yards piled up until both players signed massive contracts before the start of the 2011 season, making them the two highest-paid running backs in the NFL. Now, with Peterson trying to get back to top form following major knee surgery and Johnson in the midst of his worst NFL season, Sunday's game lacks some of the appeal it might have held not long ago. But...

Adrian Peterson believes his knee is stronger than it was last season

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he’s feels like his surgically repaired left knee is even stronger than it was last season. “I feel (the knee) is better than it was last year,” Peterson said, per the Pioneer Press.. “With that being said, I know that I’ve got a little ways to go to get to where I want to be.” Peterson averaged 4.7 yards per carry last...

Ponder and the Vikings emerge as dark horse contenders

While it’s still a little early to label the Minnesota Vikings as NFC North favorites, they certainly look like the most consistent team in the division. Christian Ponder has been playing solid football and looks to be a promising quarterback for a Vikings team that hasn’t seen much consistency at the position in the last decade or more. The defense has looked good enough and...

Peterson vs. Johnson: ‘I feel I’m the best’

Adrian Peterson isn’t much interested in comparisons between him and Titans RB Chris Johnson. The two face each other Sunday, but after three rushing titles between them, but 2009 was the last time either of them led the league.

Titans-Vikings Preview

Now fully healthy, Adrian Peterson is a big reason the Minnesota Vikings are tied atop the NFC North. The Tennessee Titans hope Chris Johnson's latest performance is the start of good things to come for them and their star running back. Looking to continue their surprising start, Peterson and the Vikings can surpass their win total from last season with a third consecutive...

Week 5 Rush Defense: Is CJ OK?

Chris Johnson is officially the most frustrating player in all of Fantasy Football.  In his first three games, he rushed for a total of 45 yards against decent, but not great run defenses.  So what does he do against the hardest defense he’s faced this year?  He carries the ball 25 times for 141 yards.  He didn’t even get all of those yards off of one break-away carry. ...

Fantasy PPR Week 5 Running Back Rankings: Top 40

It is officially week five of the fantasy football season and in this article we are once again focusing on the rankings for this week. These rankings will help you determine which running backs you should play and sit this week and are based off standard scoring with a point per reception. It has kind of been an up and down season for running backs thus far, with some big-time...

Vikings will have to limit Johnson, Reynaud

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Fresh off back-to-back wins, the Minnesota Vikings return home to the Metrodome to face the Tennessee Titans this week, dealing with heightened expectations.Minnesota (3-1) has already matched last season's win total with wins against the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. The Vikings feel they are prepared to handle the success this season."I think...

The Fantasy Football Pedestal: CJ2K

The following fantasy football e-mail chain between Ryan Fowler and Joel Beall took place on October 1 - October 4, 2012. The topic featured was not discussed in advance. On the Fantasy Pedestal: Chris Johnson From: Joel Beall Sent: Monday, October 01, 2012 1:59 PM To: 'Ryan Fowler' Subject: Pedestal Week 5 Though three games is a relatively small sample to extrapolate...

Thoughts from a trip to Reliant Stadium

I'm not sure what Chris Johnson was thinking about as I took this picture in the last half hour or so before kickoff of Sunday's game against the Texans, but I hope it gave him the strength to (a) have what I thought was clearly his best, most consistent performance of the season and (b) survive watching the defense play on the sidelines. When I wrote about the Lions...

Minnesota Vikings: Week 5 NFL Power Rankings (#12)

Last week: 12 (+0) Record: 3-1 The Vikings are still the favorite to be this year’s team that goes from 5 wins or fewer to the playoffs. They are the only candidate even in the top-22 in yards per play differential, ranking 9th. Their defense and offensive line are both much improved. Christian Ponder and Percy Harvin are both having breakout years and Adrian Peterson is making...

Enemy Intelligence: Last week's Minnesota Vikings game

  Last week, the Minnesota Vikings went on the road and beat the Detroit Lions, 20-13, to improve their record on the season to 20-13. The Vikings opened the season with an overtime win against the Jaguars at home, lost a three-point game at Indianapolis, then knocked off the 49ers at home fairly comfortably before the divisional win. The keys to last week's win were two...
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