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Bar to be higher for Ponder, lower for Peterson in 2013

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  • May 9, 2013 - 12:08 PM

Need a mid-week, mid-May fix of Vikings analysis? We're here for you.

This morning, the crew from the NFL Network's "NFL AM" show provided an early wake-up call to the Access Vikings Think Tank to look ahead at several key components of the 2013 season.

And after discussing the draft-weekend break that brought defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd to the Twin Cities plus the learning curve that rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will face, our discussion turned to Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder.

Yes, earlier this week in a piece by Albert Breer on NFL.com, Rick Spielman was quoted as saying that he gives Ponder "just as much credit for getting us into the playoffs as Adrian." And yes, that's a ludicrous off-the-cuff remark that no one will take at face value. (We can assure you that not even Spielman can truly believe the words in that quote. So please stop hyperventilating about what that means.)

But if you want to know about Peterson's pursuit of 2,500 yards in 2013 -- and that's the running back's stated goal -- make sure to watch this video to understand why the Vikings want the bar set much lower than that for Peterson this fall.

As for Ponder? The Vikings will raise the bar for him in his third season as a starter. And we discuss that too within our "NFL AM" back and forth. Have at it. Enjoy. Discuss.

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