Peterson Enjoys Beating Up Bears

There is little doubt these days that Minnesota's Adrian Peterson is the best tailback in the league, largely because of what he's done in his two-year career against the Chicago Bears. Peterson opens up about Soldier Field, the Bears-Vikings rivalry, and Chicago's acquisition of Jay Cutler.

Apparently, Adrian Peterson feeds off the history of the Chicago Bears, the prestige of Soldier Field and the booing of Bears fans.

Last year, Peterson had 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings at Soldier Field and followed that up with a 131-yard rushing performance against the Bears at the Metrodome.

Of course, the star running back's first breakout game in the NFL came against the Bears in his rookie season, when he posted 224 rushing yards at Chicago.

Peterson was asked about his success against the Bears by

"I feel like it was still at a young age, just the Chicago Bear history, the background, and they're known for defense," he said. "And then Soldier Field, you can't help but play good on that field. It's just when I go out there, all the fans booing you, the whole atmosphere. It's always a big game, a big rivalry. I definitely look forward to playing those guys every year, so that has a lot to do with it."

Peterson's longest run last year, a 59-yarder, came against Chicago at the Metrodome.

The running back was also asked about the Bears' addition of quarterback Jay Cutler.

"It could changes things, but he's not going to be out there when I'm on offense," Peterson said.

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Tim Yotter is the Publisher of Viking Update on the network.

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