McKinnon carried the ball twice for seven yards and caught three passes off of five targets for 22 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle. McKinnon may not have made any big plays during Sunday's loss, but it is important to note when he played. Following Adrian Peterson's fumble, McKinnon stepped in for Minnesota's second-to-last drive while they were trying to regain the lead. For years, being the No. 2 back to Peterson has been like backing up Peyton Manning or Tom Brady - opportunities are few and far between. However, with Peterson slowed late in the year, McKinnon had his best three games of the season in Weeks 15 through 17, averaging nine touches per game for 77 total yards per game and three touchdowns. As Peterson enters his age-31 season in 2016, don't be surprised if McKinnon is given a larger share of the load, particularly on passing downs.
McKinnon caught three of four targets for 33 yards and added 15 yards on the ground off of four carries in Sunday's win over Green Bay. The game wasn't close to McKinnon's two-touchdown performance in Week 16, but his four targets led the team. Now, Minnesota gets a rematch against Seattle as reward for winning the division. In Week 13, Seattle stuffed Adrian Peterson and harrassed Teddy Bridgewater, while McKinnon led the team with six targets. With pocket time likely in short supply, passes out to McKinnon may be a staple of Minnesota's offense during Wild Card Weekend.
McKinnon (hamstring) had seven carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns, adding two catches for eight yards on three targets, in Sunday's 49-17 win over the Giants. McKinnon put up gaudy garbage-time numbers for a second straight week, with nearly all of his rushing production coming after Adrian Peterson was done for the night. The second-year runner displayed patience and elite speed on a 68-yard touchdown, but the defense was so bad that he didn't even need to break a tackle. A third straight blowout is unlikely with the Vikings facing the Packers for the NFC North title in Week 17, meaning that McKinnon will likely fall back to his usual workload.
McKinnon (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Giants. McKinnon logged a full practice Friday and was listed as probable on the final injury report. Adrian Peterson (ankle) is also active, but there's some chance his workload could be scaled back if the Seahawks overcome a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Rams, thereby rendering Sunday night's game meaningless to the NFC playoff picture.
McKinnon (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Giants. McKinnon landed on the injury report after injuring his hamstring Thursday, but he is set to play Sunday after getting in a full practice session Friday. McKinnon had a chance to see more action in Week 16 with Adrian Peterson sitting out practices Thursday and Friday, but Peterson was able to practice fully Friday and is listed as probable as well, so expect McKinnon to play his usual reserve role Sunday night.
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