Adrian Peterson is showing little interest in helping the NFL make a decision on his future. Peterson and the NFLPA skipped a hearing this week to decide his discipline, according to ESPN. Plus, get the numbers for the Vikings and Bears.
’s adversarial relationship with the NFL isn’t getting any better, as ESPN reported Saturday that Peterson refused to appear at a scheduled disciplinary hearing with the league.
The hearing was scheduled by the NFL, but neither Peterson nor the players association attended and allegedly refused to meet with the league for the hearing at any point last week to discuss potential punitive action from the league under its personal conduct policy.
The meeting was set up last Tuesday, according to ESPN, but the NFLPA informed the league office on Thursday that the Friday hearing date didn’t work for them.
An unnamed league official told ESPN that the league had informed the union that both sides have a desire to resolve the matter and wanted Peterson present as well as providing the court-related materials requested from the NFL to have prior to the hearing. All they received was a letter from Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin saying that it is against Texas State law to give the NFL the documents it requested because the case involves a minor child and the case file was immediately sealed after Peterson’s plea deal was reached. Montgomery County District Attorney Phil Grant confirmed that the NFL did request the case file, but was turned down.
Apparently, the hearing went on as scheduled to discuss what sort of discipline would be meted out, just without Peterson or the NFLPA present.
This meeting is separate from the conference call grievance hearing that is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. Central on Monday. That hearing was requested to have A.P. removed from the Commissioner’s Exempt List and be allowed to return to the active Vikings roster.
But, from the sounds of things, the NFL is ready to hand down a separate punishment – likely of the suspension without pay variety – if Peterson is taken off the exempt list.
Whether a potential appeal of the suspension would make Peterson immediately eligible to play, much in the same way Pat and Kevin Williams
were able to go two years with a suspension hanging over their heads, the result of Monday’s grievance hearings could potentially bring Peterson back earlier than expected. But, at the same time, it could also mean that the 2014 season may not see A.P. back in a Vikings uniform.
VIKINGS-BEARS BY THE NUMBERS
The Vikings have the 27th-ranked offense (10th rushing, 29th passing) and the ninth-rated defense (16th rushing, 4th passing).
The Bears have the 15th-ranked offense (14th rushing, 12th passing) and the 26th-rated defense (15th rushing, 28th passing).
The Vikings lead the league in sacks per pass play.
Chicago is averaging 349 yards of offense a game (252 passing, 97 rushing). Minnesota is averaging 316 yards a game (197 passing, 119 rushing).
Defensively, the Vikings are allowing 326 yards a game (213 passing, 113 rushing). The Bears are allowing 381 yards a game (268 passing, 113 rushing).
The Vikings are tied for 14th in giveaway/takeaway ratio at even (12 giveaways, 12 takeaways). The Bears are tied for 24th at minus-5 (18 giveaways, 13 takeaways).
Chicago is sixth in red zone offense, scoring touchdowns on 18 of 28 red zone possessions (64.3 percent). Minnesota is 23rd at 52.2 percent (12 TDs on 23 possessions).
The Bears are 10th in red zone defense, allowing touchdowns on 22 of 42 possessions (52.4 percent). The Vikings are 26th at 64 percent (16 touchdowns on 25 possessions).
No team has allowed opponents into the red zone more than the 42 Chicago has – even more than Jacksonville (39) and Oakland (36).
The Bears are 12th in the league in third-down offense, converting on 46 of 110 chances (41.8 percent). The Vikings are 26th at just 36.5 percent (46 of 126). The league average is 40.8 percent conversions.
The Vikings are 10th in third-down defense, allowing conversions on 44 of 117 chances (37.6 percent). The Bears 24th at 43.5 percent (47 of 108).
Jay Cutler has two 300-yard passing games this season. Teddy Bridgewater has one.
The Bears have allowed four 300-yard passers. The Vikings have yet to allow any.
The Bears have six 100-yard receiving games – two each from Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and one each from Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett. Jarius Wright has the only 100-yard receiving game for the Vikings.
Chicago has allowed five 100-yard receivers. The Vikings have allowed two.
Forte has two 100-yard rushing game. Jerick McKinnon has two 100-yard games and Cordarrelle Patterson had one in the season opener.
The Vikings have allowed two 100-yard rushers. The Bears have yet to allow a runner to gain 100 yards.
Cutler is 10th in the league in pass attempts (330), tied for fifth in completions (219), is seventh in completion percentage (66.4), 10th in passing yards (2,365), tied for seventh in touchdowns (18), tied for 28th in interceptions (10) and 14th in passer rating (92.8).
With an incomplete body of work, Bridgewater is 30th in attempts (197), 30th in completions (119), 26th in completion percentage (60.4), 31st in yards (1,321), tied for 37th in touchdowns (3), tied for eighth in interceptions (5) and 30th in passer rating (74.9).
Bridgewater is 25th in fourth quarter passer rating at 83.3. Cutler is 26th at 82.2.
Cutler is 14th in third-down passer rating at 97.5. Bridgewater is 17th with a rating of 90.5.
Forte is seventh in the league in rushing with 636 yards. McKinnon is tied for 18th with 446 yards.
Of the top 20 rushers in the league, only two of them have less than 100 carries – McKinnon with 446 yards on 890 carries and Seattle QB Russell Wilson, who is 15th in the league in rushing with 500 yards on 66 rushing attempts.
Forte is tied for fifth in the league in receptions with 61. Bennett is tied for 15th with 49. Jeffery is tied for 24th with 44. Marshall is tied for 30th with 42. The Vikings leader is Greg Jennings with 35 catches, which ties him for 59th place in the league.
Jennings leads the Vikings with 459 receiving yards, which ranks him 46th in the league. The Bears have four players ranked higher – Jeffery (19th, 626 yards), Bennett (25th, 562), Forte (31st, 517) and Marshall (37th, 496).
Matt Asiata is 13th in the league in scoring among non-kickers with 44 points (seven touchdowns and one two-point conversion run). Forte is tied for 18th with 38 points (six touchdowns and one two-point conversion).
Blair Walsh is 22nd in scoring among kickers with 62 points. Robbie Gould is tied for 30th with 44 points.
Through nine games, Gould has only attempted nine field goals and his last field goal attempt was Oct. 12 against Atlanta – a span of more than three games.
Walsh is tied for 10th in the league in touchbacks with 30. Gould is tied for 26th with 19.
Forte is third in the league in total yards from scrimmage with 1,133 (616 rushing, 517 receiving). McKinnon leads the Vikings with 552 yards (446 rushing, 106 receiving), which puts him in 49th place.
Chicago rookie Pat O’Donnell is 20th in the league in punting average at 45.2 yards. Jeff Locke is 25th with a 44.3-yard average.
Locke is 24th in net punt average at 38.6 yards. O’Donnell is 31st at 36.1 yards.
One of the reasons for O’Donnell’s net average being so much lower is that opponents have called just five fair catches and, of the 21 punts they have returned, they’re averaging 11.1 yards a pop.
Marcus Sherels is 13th in the league in punt return average at 8.5 yards. The Bears return man Santonio Holmes was released this week, so kick returner Chris Williams is expected to take over those duties.
Williams is eighth in the league in punt return average at 25.6 yards, highlighted by a 101-yard touchdown return. Cordarrelle Patterson is 12th with a 24.5 yard average and a long return of 49 yards.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith and Bears rookie Kyle Fuller are tied for sixth in the league with three interceptions.
Everson Griffen is tied for fifth in the league with nine sacks. Tom Johnson is tied for 17th with 5.5. Willie Young of the Bears is tied for 12th with seven sacks.
This season, 139 players have two or more sacks. Jared Allen isn’t one of them, sitting tied for 140th with 1.5 sacks.
The Bears have been outscored 114-47 in the second quarter and, in the last two games, have been outscored 106-37.
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