Friday, September 25, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Revenge factor
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Adrian Peterson considers his first game against San Francisco the worst of his career and has set his sights on avenging a 14-carry, 3-yard performance Sunday at the Metrodome.
The 49ers broke out a new way of defending Peterson in that game, which the Vikings ultimately won 27-7 on Dec. 9, 2007. Both cornerbacks crashed the line of scrimmage, effectively creating a nine-man box that tested Peterson’s patience.
Peterson: "[After] watching film, I wasn't being patient enough, rushing my plays, not giving the offensive line time to do their job. That really is what disappointed me the most when I watched the film."
As Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune reports, Peterson has been waiting for this rematch for two years. You might consider this some brand of corny motivation, but knowing Peterson’s competitive fire, I’m sure those three yards have been burning a hole in his pocket for two years.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams on the Vikings’ home stadium: “The Metrodome is terrible.” Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press takes a look at the building.
- Barring some kind of surprise, newcomer Derrick Martin will make his first NFL start at safety Sunday for Green Bay, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Just in case, the Packers are giving newer-comer Matt Giordano a crash course to be ready to play, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee speaks with Packers general manager Ted Thompson about the week's personnel moves.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times on Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris: “The Bears know they have to get more from Harris, but what can they do?”
- Bears defensive end Alex Brown (ankle) is determined not to break his streak of 114 consecutive games played, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reviews the impressive two-week performance of Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who did almost no football work this offseason because of shoulder and back surgeries.
- Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com looks at the challenge of facing Washington tight end Chris Cooley.
- John Niyo of the Detroit News on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford: “I understand not wanting to push the panic button. But what's the harm in calling a rookie mistake a ‘rookie’ mistake -- something [coach Jim] Schwartz seems unwilling to do -- when that's exactly what it is? Who's kidding whom? There's no need to insulate Stafford, not after handing him the richest rookie contract ($41.7 million guaranteed) in NFL history.”