Posted October 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 victory Sunday against the banged-up Titans at the Metrodome. Minnesota's 3-13 season in 2011 was made worse when Peterson tore his ACL at Washington on Christmas Eve. Nine months later, he has recovered enough to regain his status as one of the NFL's top running backs, helping the Vikings (3-1) to a share of the division lead with Chicago. "We want to embrace it,'' coach Les Frazier said. "It was one of our goals when the season began, to win the NFC North.'' Minnesota might have a good chance to achieve that goal if Peterson continues to run as well as he did last week....

Peterson downplays rivalry with Johnson

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...

Vikings' Peterson starting to find 5th gear

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer Adrian Peterson spent the first three weeks of the season looking for that highest gear while coming back from knee surgery. It looks like he found it on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Peterson rushed for 102 yards in Minnesota's 20-13 victory in Detroit that moved the Vikings to a surprising...

Chris Johnson says he’ll only be as good as his offensive line

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson had his best game of the season yesterday, but he continues to claim that he’ll play well if his offensive line plays well. “Yeah, it was a pretty good game, running the ball or whatever,” Johnson said, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “I feel like my offensive line went out there and did a great job from the first snap. Just getting...

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.

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...

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...

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...

Fantasy Football: Chris Johnson Among Biggest Surprises Of Week 4

I am highlighting the top 3 guys who I feel had a “freak show” performance this week.  In other words, these are the guys who exceed any and all projections that were made for them going into Week 4. Most people consider these performances a “fluke”.Brian Hartline, WR – Miami DolphinsThis guy is going to be hit or miss every single week and will never do the same thing...

Fantasy Football Week 5: Tony Romo, Doug Martin and Vernon Davis … Plus, Signs of Life From Chris Johnson?

Each week I’ve written this post so far in the 2012 season, I’ve addressed the Chris Johnson dilemma that many owners face. He had downright dismal games in each of the first three weeks, not only by first-round fantasy running back status but also by about any measuring stick you could use. I lost more and more faith in Johnson each week, predicated largely on the fact that...

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...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.