Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/19/12

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 13: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 13, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Unlikely leaders There were two unlikely headlines heading into halftime of the early games Sunday: Adrian Peterson and Curtis Painter. How could a performance by Peterson, probably the most dominant running back in the NFL, be unlikely? It was the way he did it. He was single-handedly the Vikings' offense for the first quarter, and for much of the first half. Not only did he score three touchdowns in the first quarter, but he ran the ball for 47 yards on six attempts and led the Vikings to a 14-0 lead before Donovan McNabb had even a single completion. This was against an Arizona Cardinal defense that has struggled but was giving up only 118 yards per game on the ground, and "All Day" basically totaled that in the first half. His presence was not only important in the running game, but because he was so successful early in the game, it opened up play-action and roll-outs for McNabb in the second half. McNabb finished with only 169 yards through the air, the majority of that bec...
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