All Day's big day ultimately a big waste

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 5, 2012 - 1:19 AM

Adrian Peterson rushed for 182 yards and two TDs, but the Vikings did little else on offense.

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Adrian Peterson’s 24-yard run in the second quarter was one of five runs of at least 11 yards by him Sunday, including a 74-yarder on the game’s second play.

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SEATTLE - Yes, the Vikings lost a game on the fourth-most productive day of Adrian Peterson's stellar career.

Yes, they lost by double digits on an afternoon when Peterson averaged 10.7 yards per carry, the second-highest total he has ever had.

And, yes, they lost 30-20 to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Stadium with the league's leading rusher exploding for the second-longest carry of his career -- 74 yards to the 1-yard line -- on the second snap of the game against the league's fifth-ranked run defense.

"It's a problem, man," Peterson said when asked if he was surprised to lose on a day when the Vikings ran for 243 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries (9.0). "We've got to have more big plays."

That was the general mood in the locker room as the Vikings complimented Peterson on another amazing game while lamenting a mere 44 net yards passing in a loss that dropped them to 5-4.

"It's tough," quarterback Christian Ponder said. "We have to piggyback off those when Adrian has a great game."

Peterson pointed the finger at himself first, saying that he could have scored a touchdown on a play in which he slipped and fell in the backfield. But it's safe to say that 182 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries -- and 193 total yards from scrimmage -- was a job well done for Peterson, who has 957 yards rushing in only nine games since having his left knee reconstructed.

While Ponder was compiling a 37.3 passer rating, Seattle rookie Russell Wilson was posting a 127.3 rating with three touchdowns, no interceptions and only one sack. In other words, the rookie took advantage of the league's second-leading rusher, Marshawn Lynch, running for 124 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries (4.8). As a team, the Seahawks finished with 195 yards on 45 carries (4.3), including 128 yards on 28 second-half carries. The Vikings ran the ball only nine times for 46 yards in the second half. Strangely, Peterson had only five carries for 38 yards after halftime.

"It's a little frustrating," Peterson said. "You just see what you can do and see how you can improve and go from there. That's going to be our focus point. Establish the run and try to be more productive in the pass game. It's obvious we didn't have a big game passing.

"Forty-four yards, it's hard to win like that, and we still could have. That's the scary thing. So once we get that corrected. I've got a lot of faith in Christian."

Besides the 74-yarder, Peterson had runs of 24, 16, 15 and 11 yards. After the 15-yarder, safety Earl Thomas drew Peterson's ire by celebrating the tackle.

"I was surprised," Peterson said. "I got up and he was celebrating like he had just won the lottery or something. I was shocked. I was just looking at him like, 'What are you celebrating for?' "

It was that kind of day. A lot of big runs for Peterson, but a lot more celebrating for the Seahawks.

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