Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


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Vikings' Peterson looks forward to 'home' game in Dallas

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings, Packers, Vikings offense, Adrian Peterson Updated: October 31, 2013 - 1:36 PM

Adrian Peterson will return to the Lone Star State this weekend when the Vikings face the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. But Peterson won’t have as many family members as the last time he played in the Lone Star State.

Peterson requested 62 tickets to the game, fewer than the amount he had last year against the Texans in Houston. That was his first game in Texas since his rookie year in 2007, when the Vikings played the Cowboys.

“That’s why it’s 62 now,” Peterson joked. “Everybody is not going to be able to make this trip. But it’s still a lot, and it’s going to be fun.”

He doesn’t have plans to make a stop in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, about two hours southeast of Dallas, and will treat this game like a business trip.

He grew up a Cowboys fan. He knows some of his family members will root for "America’s Team."

“It is what it is; I don’t really get into it that much,” Peterson said. “Some of them, I’m sure they’re going to root for me as well, but if the Cowboys win, that’s what they’re going to be hoping for.”

Peterson had 12 carries for 63 yards in his previous game in Dallas on Oct. 21, 2007.

That type of production has been seen this season as well. Peterson averaged 12 rushes for 50 yards over the past three games, all losses, with only one touchdown.

“I think the last three games, 13 carries, I don’t think that’s ever happened in my career,” Peterson said. “So we’ll put the emphasis on the run and not to get frustrated. I’m not worried about yards, I’m worried about us and getting a win.”

Peterson said he feels comfortable with his hamstring despite some tightness. He used a heat pad on the sideline for the first time to help loosen the hamstring Sunday against the Packers, and Peterson will have the same routine against the Cowboys.

”Once I get warmed up and get going, that’s going to be the most important thing,” Peterson said. “Last week, stretching it a lot, putting some heat on there and getting past that warm-up stage and loosen the muscle up and I was able to do that last week and it felt good.”

--MASTER TESFATSION

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