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Continued: Vikings prepare to go back to work

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 5, 2013 - 11:51 PM

The cornerback position is the primary culprit. Chris Cook missed the Pittsburgh game because of a groin injury and has yet to prove he can stay on the field for extended periods. Josh Robinson looks lost right now, and backup A.J. Jefferson played zero snaps on defense against the Steelers.

Frazier indicated that the coaching staff would consider possible changes during the bye. The most logical option would be to replace Robinson with rookie Xavier Rhodes as the starter at left cornerback, and possibly slide Marcus Sherels into the slot/nickel role.

Rhodes has been the team’s best cornerback, but Frazier has preferred to play the first-round pick strictly in the nickel package. Frazier said that plan still gives Rhodes plenty of work — he’s played 71 percent of their defensive snaps — but Robinson’s continued struggles might force the coaching staff to elevate Rhodes’ role.

 

4. Peterson on track

Adrian Peterson ranks second in the NFL in rushing (421 yards) and has a league-best five touchdown runs. Peterson sounded frustrated the first few weeks as defenses committed extra defenders to contain him, displaying no real fear of the Vikings passing attack.

He rushed for a season-high 140 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers, which coincided with a turnover-free, balanced approach with Cassel directing the offense.

If Cassel can make opponents respect the passing game, Peterson should continue to reap the benefits. The Vikings have enough playmakers — Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph — that they should be able to punish teams that devise game plans solely around stopping Peterson.

That, in turn, should loosen things up for Peterson, who hit his stride in his MVP campaign midway through last season.



 

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