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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Vikings speed

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert


Last week, AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky staged a virtual 100-meter race against the fastest player on each of the four teams in his division. Had he tried the NFC North -- I can assure you I won’t -- he might have had trouble narrowing down the field in Minnesota.

As Chip Scoggins details in the Star Tribune, a friendly banter exists between tailback Adrian Peterson and receiver Percy Harvin on that issue. Harvin might get the title based on raw speed, but you can never count out Peterson’s competitiveness. Here’s what Peterson had to say the other day:
"We all know that you are definitely entitled to your opinion but like I told [Tarvaris Jackson] and Percy, 'You can't beat me.’ The only way I'm going to say, ‘You beat me’ is if we line up and we race a 40-yarder or 100 yards. If you beat me then I can hand the crown over. Until then I'm holding on."

Scoggins explores the different ways Minnesota might try to exploit its collection of offensive playmakers. You might be surprised to know that the Vikings were pretty explosive last season and led the NFL in touchdowns of 20 or more yards. Harvin, Peterson, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and receivers Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice give the Vikings more weapons -- and speed -- than they’ve had since the heyday of Randy Moss and Cris Carter.

Continuing around the NFC North: