Originally written October 31, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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For a team that was so unabashedly devoted to Adrian Peterson last season, the Minnesota Vikings have seemed surprisingly unwilling to rely on the reigning NFL MVP the same way this year. The Vikings got to the playoffs last season largely by handing Peterson the ball when everyone knew they were going to run, and watching him break through both tacklers and logic on his way to 2,097 yards. This year, with a passing game that's been again unable to carry its weight and a defense that has gone from sturdy to shoddy, Peterson has been marginalized. He's carried just 36 times in the Vikings' last three games, gaining no more than 62 yards in any of them. But the interesting thing about those games is that Peterson was only really stopped in one of them, on Oct. 21 against the New York Giants. when he ran 13 times for 28 yards. In the other two games, against Carolina and Green Bay, Peterson averaged 6.2 and 4.6 yards per carry, respectively, but he didn't get his carr...
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