Minnesota Vikings scouting report vs. Green Bay Packers : Packers Insider

Minnesota Vikings scouting report vs. Green Bay Packers

October 28, 2009 by  
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Green Bay Press-Gazette
Oct 28th, 2009

Following is a scouting report on the Minnesota Vikings based on interviews with several coaches and scouts whose teams recently played the Vikings:

Running offense

When the teams played in the Metrodome on Oct. 5, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers held back on blitzing, in part because his game plan was to stop halfback Adrian Peterson. That part worked great. Peterson averaged only 2.2 yards on his 25 carries and he didn’t gash the Packers with any big plays (his long run was only 12 yards).

But the Vikings won on the arm of Brett Favre. So what will Capers do this week? Others have tried the same with Peterson, and his recent numbers show it. He had 143 yards and a big 58-yard burst in a win over Baltimore, but St. Louis and Pittsburgh held him to a combined 132 yards and a 4.1-yard average, which is pedestrian by Peterson’s standards.   

Getting Pressure on Favre is the best way to stop their passing offense

Getting Pressure on Favre is the best way to stop their passing offense

Still, he’s the best halfback in the game, and though it came after he caught a short pass, his bull-like run over Steelers cornerback William Gay last week was only the latest example of Peterson’s exceptional combination of speed and power.

“He’s so explosive,” a scout said. “On those little cutback runs, if you’re one step out of position, you’re not going to get him, because once you reach out to get him to pull him down he’s going to run through that arm tackle. So you really have to be on your game with Peterson at all times. He’s the elite running back in the league right now.”

Passing offense ….. Full Scouting Report Here

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