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The same offensive linemen who seemed to surge off the line of scrimmage last year too often are losing the primal competition between the tackles this year. Too often, Peterson takes hits before he reaches the line of scrimmage, or reaches the line to find only opponents’ jerseys. Monday night, Peterson said he would discuss the lack of physical play with the linemen.
For all of the explanations and excuses afforded Peterson, there is also the nagging feeling that he does not look the same, either. He isn’t breaking tackles. He isn’t outrunning defenders.
He doesn’t look like Adrian Peterson.
His 2012 season made Peterson seem superhuman, the way he recovered from major knee surgery ahead of schedule to challenge the all-time rushing record, the way he propelled a team that won three games in 2011 and has won one game this season to the playoffs.
This season, since that first run, Peterson has looked decidedly mortal.
He’s been limited by a sore hamstring. He has absorbed the loss of a son, which left him open to tabloid questions about his personal life.
Peterson has been a star for so long it’s easy to forget that he’s only 28. He should have plenty of good years ahead of him, even at a position that chews up body parts like a “Walking Dead” extra.
Monday night, Peterson looked alarmingly human, whether because of his sore leg, the weight of his personal life, the predictability of his carries or the ineptitude of his offensive teammates.
Peterson’s running as if he’s wearing a lead vest and ankle weights. That is the most surprising of the Vikings’ many problems.
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|Chicago Cubs||5||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Colorado||3||Top 8th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||8||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Cleveland||5||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Kansas City||4||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Milwaukee||4||Top 8th Inning|
|Oakland||5||Top 7th Inning|
|Seattle||5||Top 9th Inning|
|Boston||37||2nd Qtr 8:15|
|Golden State||8:00 PM|
|Vancouver FC||6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||44|
|Fla Gulf Coast||72|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|