Peterson: ‘There will be adjustments'

Adrian Peterson wasn't alone in his frustration with the Vikings' third straight loss, but he said adjustments will be made. Leslie Frazier said the Vikings have to commit more to the running game, but what do the numbers say when comparing his first- and second-half carries and percentage of carries he is getting compared to the offensive snaps?

The numb feeling in the Vikings locker room was evident when players were asked to explain what everyone else had seen from a distance Sunday in the 26-23 overtime loss to Detroit. As it turned out, being closer to the action didn't help explain it any better.

Adrian Peterson was among those sitting in stunned silence in the Vikings locker room searching for an explanation of unprecedented collapses in the first three games of the season.

"I don't know," Peterson said. "I feel personally we can come out with more of a killer instinct and that's for players on down the line to the coaches. This is just another lesson for us to go back and say, ‘Hey, what can we do better next week in Kansas City?' and making sure we do that."

While the shock of the moment set it, the emotion in the Vikings locker room turned from silence to frustration. Peterson said there is pressure on the Vikings sideline to get things straightened out.

"I'll tell you this, there will be adjustments," Peterson said. "This won't happen again. This will not happen again – coming in with 13-, 14-, 20-point leads and coming out in the second half and just giving the game away. It won't happen again."

While he wouldn't be specific about what those changes will be, Peterson vowed they will get done.

"That's just something for us as players and coaches," Peterson said. "We're going to sit back and watch this film and we're going to come up with those changes that need to be made."

One of the adjustments could be getting Peterson more carries in the second halves of games. For the season, he has 58 carries for 296 yards, a 5.1-yard average. But, despite the Vikings leading all three of their games by double-digit points at halftime, Peterson's carries have gone down in the second half in each of those games.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the coaching staff has to keep giving him the ball, even if he isn't experiencing success on every play.

"It's just us always being conscious of, ‘Hey, OK, it was no gain. Don't stop giving it to him. Come back next series or next play and give it to him again.' He's really the bellcow for our offense and everything revolves around him," Frazier said. "So, whatever we do, any success we have will come off of what Adrian Peterson brings to us. So, when we struggle on offense, it's usually because Adrian is not a big part of our offense, in general, and yesterday was case in point."

Asked if he should receive the ball more in the second half, he turned the question around on the reporter, asking him if he thought Peterson should get the ball more. When the reporter said "probably," Peterson said, "We'll see this weekend."

"We didn't create a lot of drives in the second half and that kind of limited myself in the second half," he said. "I felt like going through this for the third week a lot of eyes were opened to some things. I think we're going to come with a new approach this week."

Peterson is right on one account. His decreased action in the second halves of games is due, in part, to the offense's overall decrease in snaps because they haven't been able to sustain drives. The difference in Sunday's game against the Lions when compared to the previous two games is that his percentage of carries compared to the overall snaps also decreased.

In each of the first halves, he has carried the ball between 32 and 39 percent of the offensive snaps. In the opener against San Diego, he carried the ball on 41 percent of the second-half offensive snaps. In the second half of the Tampa Bay game, he carried the ball the same percentage of snaps, 38.4, in the second half as he did in the first half. But against Detroit, he carried the ball 32.4 percent of the offensive snaps in the first half and only 19.2 percent in the second half.

After two games in which rushed the ball on 37.2 and 38.4 percent of the offensive snaps, for the entire game against Detroit he carried the ball on only 26.9 of the offensive snaps.

"If you have limited opportunities, the numbers are going to be down. We've got to be able to sustain drives," Frazier said.

Peterson isn't one to cause waves over his lack of carries, but the fact that the Vikings are 0-3 is leaving him feeling that these are the worst of times.

"Is it the worst feeling? Yeah, I would say it is, just to the point that we've got so much talent. Obviously you can't win with talent alone but with so much talent and the way we've been losing it's just been devastating to me," Peterson said. "It's like, ‘Wow, how do we let these games slip away?' So, yeah, since I've been here I would say it's probably the worst start but the positive thing is we've got 13 more and we can correct that."


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