A poll of two potential Hall of Famers for their thoughts on playing Thursday night football produced two different answers today.
Cardinals receiver and Twin Cities native Larry Fitzgerald Jr.:
“I hate Thursday night football,” Fitzgerald said on a conference call. “It’s no fun. You don’t get the time to heal your bodies up. I would say probably two guys on each team that if we were playing on Sunday, they would have been able to go. You just don’t get time to recover from the injuries that you sustained from the week before.
“It’s tough. Especially for the Vikings, having to travel on the short week. It’s tougher on the teams that have to travel.”
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson:
“It is what it is,” he said. “It would be worse if it was Thursday and then you had to play on Sunday. But every team has to do it. That’s one thing you look at and swallow for what it is and get it done.”
Other highlights from Peterson weekly press conference with the local media:
— On his relationship with Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr.: “We have a good relationship. I’d definitely call him a friend. We keep in contact and talk every now and then and throughout the season. He’s a good friend of mine. Me looking at Fitzgerald, I remember when I was in high school looking at him at Pittsburgh. I was like, ‘Who is this guy?’ I didn’t know this school as being that good. But this receiver is amazing, the things he’s able to do. I’ve been watching him since high school, my senior year. I definitely have a lot of respect for him. He’s a Hall of Fame receiver.”
— On whether there is more pressure on the offense this week considering last week’s performance and all the injuries on defense: “I would say a little bit. Guys want to start clicking on all cylinders. Getting the pass game going, obviously getting the run game going, of course. And guys just have to step up. Guys are approaching it that way. We’ll see how things go on Thursday.”
— On whether he’d run harder on his first few carries, knowing there’s a chance the team would go away from the running game: “I run hard every play, so I’m just going to keep doing what I do.”
— On saying after the game that the Vikings were “outcoached” (He also said they were “outplayed”): “I addressed how I felt about the situation. That was it. To me, it’s like, I go back and I remember saying this on Sunday, too, but I go back through run plays. We had a kick play that’s designed to go outside. I cut it back in. I look at that play and I could have took that to the house. That changed the outcome of the game. We had another outside zone play that I shortened when I should have wrapped it around. That was a higher percentage chance of taking it to the house as well. So I would rather people point that out than things about my carries, because those are opportunities that could have changed the game as well. But I guess that wouldn’t cause that much of a ruffle. It just gives people to talk about.”
— On why he said he should have gotten more carries: “That’s the mindset of a player who wants to be great. You want to be able to when your number is called to make plays. Of course, I’d be frustrated when you think about eight carries. But we’re focusing now on Arizona and trying to get this thing back on the right track.”
— On what he needs to do to keep getting carries early in games: “I don’t have anything to prove. I feel like I’ve been doing it for a long time. They know what I can do. It’s about going back and watching the film and seeing what we could have done better as an offense, and you move on from there. Thats’ what we did. I came in Monday with a smile on my face, ready to roll and thinking about Arizona.”
— On Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer returning from a torn ACL and his thoughts on Palmer’s chances for NFL Comeback Player of the Year: “Of course. Coming off an ACL injury and being able to bounce back and have the type of season he’s having now, it speaks a lot on his mentality and his willpower. So, of course, yes.”
— On Palmer coming back from a torn ACL twice: “I don’t want to even think about it.”
— On whether Peterson thinks he himself will be considered for NFL Comeback Player of the Year: “I don’t know. I want to win a championship. That’s what my mind is set on. Anything else that comes along that path, I’ll happily accept it.”