Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson has noted often that he does not consider himself 100 percent recovered from major knee surgery in December. I suppose you could say he hasn't demonstrated the same burst he had before the injury, but how is Peterson measuring this recovery?
I thought he had an interesting response while speaking with reporters Thursday. Via Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com, Peterson said: "It's just me knowing my body. When I look in the mirror, I'm like, 'OK, my right leg is obviously bigger than my left.' I know it's not as strong as far as different things that I do. That's when I'll be able to tell, when I won't be able to tell the difference between the strength of both legs."
Fortunately for the Vikings, a less-than-100-percent Peterson is still a quite serviceable NFL running back. But the answer on when, or if, he will approach his pre-injury levels remains elusive.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams is happy to have some veterans who can problem-solve, he tells Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield is used to facing receivers who are a half-foot taller than him, or more. Mark Craig of the Star Tribune explains.
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on quarterback Matthew Stafford's day of practice Thursday, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "He got a lot of good work in. He was out there and he was feeling a lot better." Stafford (leg) is expected to start Sunday at Ford Field.
The Lions have given up 12.5 career sacks to Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
It's time for Lions defensive linemen Nick Fairley and Sammie Hill to step up, writes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the Green Bay Packers' offensive problems in Seattle: " Mike McCarthy and [offensive coordinator Tom] Clements' game plan assumed the Packers were going to be able to handle the crowd noise, bump coverage from the Seahawks' defensive backs and the speed of ends Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons. It was a very bad assumption and the two switched to a more run-oriented attack with Cedric Benson in the second half."
Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga was frustrated by his individual performance in that game, notes Silverstein.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette doesn't have anything nice to say about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy didn't comment publicly on the Monday night game "out of respect for and concern for the sensitivity of the bargaining process," he said in a statement, via the Journal Sentinel.
Chicago Bears tailback Matt Forte "continues to get better," coach Lovie Smith said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Competition has made some Bears starters better, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bears have the NFL's worst offense on first downs, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.