“A matter of fact, forget it. We felt as a team, as players, we came together and we felt like we’d never done that when we played against the Packers,” Rhodes said. “Us as DBs felt like we could handle him. That’s how we felt as DBs that we could stay on our side and cover him. In the beginning, we’d always played against them and played our sides, so that’s what we as DBs went with.”
Ditching the game plan helped Nelson go off in the first half. Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target complied 145 yards and two TDs on seven first-half receptions — some of that yardage came against Rhodes. The Packers led 28-13 before the Vikings got to the locker room and Zimmer took control.
The Vikings’ star running back is active for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Defensive tackle Toby Johnson was waived Saturday after Minnesota officially activated Peterson off injured reserve. Minnesota was planning on Peterson returning in Week 16, but a source informed told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that at practice this week “he looks like Adrian. He’s amazing.”
Per Rapoport, Peterson also will be starting the game. Rapoport added that while Vikings won’t have a snap count for their star running back, they don’t want to run him into the ground in his return.
Peterson’s potential return in a must-win game versus the Green Bay Packers in Week 16 could be a boon for a miserable Vikings rushing attack. Behind a porous offensive line, Minnesota ranks last in the NFL with just 73.4 rushing yards per game.
After a 5-0 start, the Vikings sit at 7-6, two games back in the NFC North and a game back for the final wild-card spot. Minnesota likely needs to win out and get some help to make the playoffs, with tilts versus the Colts, Packers and cheap nhl jerseys and Bears remaining.
MINNEAPOLIS — It might have been only one game, but an undeniable message was sent on Sunday night. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford used the national spotlight to remind us all of his potential, as well as the reason why he’s managed to keep finding work after so much turmoil. When he came to this franchise just over two weeks ago, it seemed like an impulsive response to a catastrophic emergency. Today, it feels like something more real, more rewarding — the type of blessing that nobody saw coming when Minnesota’s season was on the verge of early collapse.
The Vikings acquired Bradford in a trade with Philadelphia on Sept. 3 because they lost their former starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, to a freakish knee injury. Now, two games into the season, star running back Adrian Peterson is sidelined indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Normally, this would be the time for any franchise to start thinking about the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead, the Vikings should be thinking about all the possibilities that now exist, because Bradford’s debut was literally that impressive.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is stashing one veteran mercenary after the next to combat the seemingly unfair string of injuries he’s seen since late August. The only undefeated team remaining in the NFL, Minnesota has its eyes on a Super Bowl and nothing else, which explains the all-or-nothing replacement game they’ve been playing.
Should Long be correct and truly be as healthy as he’s been since 2010, this is just another genius gamble taken by a front office that has absolutely nothing to lose at this point. Long has the bye week to prepare before starting his career in purple against the Eagles’ wide-nine defense.
According to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation, Minnesota wants Peterson to retire as a valued member of the organization. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Peterson in the same purple-trimmed uniform in 2017.
To make it happen, the two sides would need to reach an agreement on a renegotiated salary. As it currently stands, Peterson is due a $6 million roster bonus on the third day of the league year, along with $12 million more in base salary and workout bonuses. That will not happen.