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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Vikings' Taylor makes big impact

By Kevin Seifert

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson just scored from a yard out to give the Vikings a 23-7 lead. But I thought it was quite appropriate when coach Brad Childress first congratulated backup tailback Chester Taylor on the sideline.

Taylor turned in three big plays on the drive, converting two third downs with receptions that totaled 33 yards and also busting a 17-yard run to put the Vikings in the red zone. Taylor is perpetually the forgotten man in the Vikings offense, but he routinely makes critical conversions during the course of the game.

The Bengals could certainly come back from this deficit, but we’re approaching the point of the game -- midway through the third quarter -- when they’ll have to go to a pass-only mentality to do it. The Vikings’ NFL-leading pass rush often has its way in those situations.