Adrian Peterson was honored with his fifth NFC Offensive Player of the Week award, an honor that has typically come when the Vikings desperately need a win and Peterson provides the spark.
One for the thumb.
For the fifth time in his short NFL career, Adrian Peterson
was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. The Vikings throttled the Arizona Cardinals 34-10 due in large part to Peterson's three first-quarter touchdowns that put the Cards on their heels.
Peterson won award twice as a rookie in 2007. Ironically, with Chicago on the Vikings' Sunday night schedule, Peterson's first player of the week award came when he made his Soldier Field debut, setting a then-franchise record by rushing for 224 yards and scoring on three long touchdowns. He would one-up himself three weeks later when he established the still-standing NFL single-game rushing record of 296 yards rushing against San Diego.
Peterson also won the honor in 2008, when he rushed 30 times for 192 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay at Mall of America Field, as well as in 2010 against Detroit – when he ran 23 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
The interesting part of the award is when they have come. In his first NFC POW award, the Vikings were 1-3 coming out of a bye and needed a win desperately. A.D. played all day. When San Diego came up that same year, the Vikings were 2-5 and on the brink of irrelevance. Peterson set an NFL record. In 2008, the Vikings hadn't been above .500 all season. They needed a boost. A.D. played all day. The Vikings got above .500 and finished the season 10-6 as division champions. When he got the award last year, the stunned 2010 Vikings were 0-2 and on the brink of being written off in their hopes of getting to the Super Bowl that so narrowly eluded them in 2009. A.D. played all day.
If history tells us anything, when Peterson gets honored by the NFL, it has not only been because he had a stellar performance, it has been because he did it at a time when his team absolutely, positively needed a victory and he gave them the game they needed.
Timing is everything and that's why Peterson is a franchise player.
The left hand is open now that the right thumb has been accounted for. Let's see how long it takes to start filling that hand with honorary rings.
It was a year ago last week that the Vikings traded for Randy Moss – a move that did nothing to propel a struggling Vikings team forward. A year ago Tuesday, he and Brett Favre were part of history when he caught Favre's 500th career touchdown. Is it possible that was just one year ago? It seems like forever in NFL terms.
The talk around the NFL is that the Lions are going to meet the Packers on Thanksgiving Day and both teams are going to be unbeaten. It will be interesting to follow how the Lions, effectively the Siberia of the NFL, respond to being the object of national media affection. The media loves the next big thing. The Lions have historically been televised on FOX with their D Team or worse. As the new hot NFL property, it will be telling to see how they handle success. The Vikings got similar attention in 2009 and have since been abandoned, like so many buildings in downtown Detroit. Blight meets might and NFL fans will likely get their fill of Detroit … as long as the Lions remain hot.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday that the Colts would like to get QB Andrew Luck in what is being called the "Suck for Luck" sweepstakes. But, what most people seem to miss is that Luck is only a junior. He doesn't have to come out, but it would be cool to see Archie Manning's reaction to a player who might not want to go to his son's team.
Former Viking Jimmy Kennedy, now a member of the Giants, has been suspended for four games for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy.
The Vikings may not just be targeted as the team to relocate to Los Angeles, they may be eyed by London. The NFL approved continuing the habit of sending teams to play a meaningful regular-season game in London for five more years. The Colts and Saints play in London next week, and, as if Hurricane Katrina didn't rob the Saints of enough home games, the London game counts as a home game for New Orleans. The league stated it would consider placing a franchise in London, which would make road trips for them a grueling effort, much less a potential playoff team getting their body clocks messed up late in the regular season. You could see a playoff team in Week 17 sending two-thirds of their squad to ride out a final game against the London Jaguars.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.