Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:57 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is questionable this Sunday against the Bills with an ankle sprain. The question is, Should the fact that the Vikings are facing the league’s worst run defense influence the decision to sit or play Peterson this week? It’s a theoretical question as much as anything.
Minnesota is out of the playoff picture, so there isn’t overwhelming pressure to have Peterson’s services the rest of the season. Peterson’s long-term health probably doesn’t factor in either, given that he’s said to be day-to-day, which implies that the sprain is not serious. (Of course, thanks to a certain quarterback, the Vikings may be extra leery of an ankle injury carrying over into next season.)
Still, the Bills have shown that they’re capable of giving up yards to just about any running back this season. They’re allowing 167.4 yards per game on the ground, which is nearly 21 more than Denver’s 31st-ranked run defense. This undoubtedly whets Peterson’s appetite, but the Vikings know they can win by feeding Toby Gerhardt. Considering AP’s value to the club, why not play it safe and give him the week off?
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Posted on: November 29, 2010 4:37 pm
Mike Tolbert had 26 carries for 103 yards.
Greg Jennings continued his dominance with 119 yards on five catches. Jennings averaged 36.6 yards per outing the first five games; he’s averaged 106.5 in the past six games. (One factor has been increased opportunities resulting from the absence of Jermichael Finley.)
The Steelers ran 83 plays against the Steelers, seemingly all of them coming on the first drive.
The Steelers also had over 100 yards in penalties for a second straight week.
Donte Whitner had 18 tackles for the Bills. That speaks well for the safety and poorly for the front seven’s run defense.
Another strong outing for Peyton Hillis: 26 carries, 131 yards against the Panthers. Oh, and three touchdowns. Hillis has 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. If 131 yards rushing aren’t enough, how about the 63 yards Hillis added through the air?
The Jaguars rushed for 207 yards against the Giants, with more than 140 of them coming in the first half. Maurice Jones-Drew had a career-high fourth-straight 100-yard game. Backup Rashad Jennings (seven carries, 53 yards) continues to look better each week.
Giants wide receivers caught a total of five passes Sunday.
Toby Gerhardt had 76 yards on 22 carries. In a startling display of consistency, Gerhardt’s longest carry was just six yards.
Jared Allen recorded a sack and three tackles for a loss. He has 5.5 sacks his last three games after getting just one sack his first seven. (A few of his 5.5 sacks have been cheap, though.)
The Titans had just nine first downs at Houston, two of them coming from Texan penalties.
Randy Moss got his first, second and third catch as a Viking, though even listing them one at a time like that doesn’t make the total sound at all substantial.
Arian Foster: 30 carries,143 yards; nine receptions, 75 yards.
Worth mentioning is that the Raiders run offense doesn’t appear to be very good, either. The Raiders ran the ball 12 times for 16 yards. Darren McFadden was stifled for the second week in a row.
Fantasy owners, take note: Seahawks wideout Ben Obomanu was impressive for a second straight week. The willowy fifth-year pro had 159 yards on five receptions.
The people calling for Josh McDaniels’ head can’t use the Jay Cutler trade as part of their argument. Kyle Orton threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams. Clearly, offense is not the problem in Denver.
Bucs rookie DT Gerald McCoy had two sacks and two tackles for a loss.
Combed through all the box scores to bring you any nuggets that may have fallen through the cracks. Enjoy.
No need to read the Colts-Chargers box score too closely – only one stat stands out: Chargers zero turnovers, Colts five.
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