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Friday, October 17, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Peterson and his fumbles


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

The last time Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson visited Soldier Field, he blew up for 224 yards and three touchdowns. In his return Sunday, however, an entirely different dynamic will be at play.

Peterson enters this game with a case of fumble-itis. He lost a pair of fumbles in last Sunday's 12-10 victory over Detroit and has already matched his 2007 season total by losing three this season. The only NFL tailback with more is Cincinnati's Chris Perry with five.

The Bears, of course, are one of the league's best teams at stripping the ball and their five forced fumbles in 2008 ties them for sixth in the NFL.

Speaking this week to Minnesota reporters, Peterson said he has been "careless" with the ball and knows the Bears will test him to see if he is paying more attention.

"Sometimes you kind of hit yourself upside the head, realize that you need to stop being careless with the ball," Peterson said, according to Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It was kind of like a little wakeup call."

Overall, Peterson has three 100-yard games this season and ranks third in the NFL with 563 yards.

Continuing around the NFC North this morning: