This seems to be becoming old hat for Adrian Peterson. On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Peterson is one of the three finalists for the Week 12 FedEx Ground Player of the Week. It is the fifth time this season that Peterson has been a finalist and, if he wins, it will be the second time in three weeks that he has landed the honor.
The Minnesota Vikings running back got the most work of any of the three finalists, carrying 29 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns. The other finalists are Denver’s C.J. Anderson, who rushed 15 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns against New England, and Kansas City’s Spencer Ware, who rushed 19 times for 114 yards and one touchdown against Buffalo.
In 2013, Peterson won the award three times, including back to back weeks in Weeks 12-13. He also won the award three times in 2012 with back to back wins in Weeks 13-14. He won the award once in 2010, twice in 2009, three times in 2008, including back to back wins (Weeks 9-10) and once as a rookie in 2007.
At a time when people thought Peterson’s career might hit its downside, he leads the NFL in rushing and has once again established himself as the elite running back in the NFL.
It won’t be a surprise to see Peterson win the award again, because nobody has come close to his level on domination on the ground.
- The Vikings signed safety Johnny Lowdermilk to the practice squad Tuesday. He is the son of former Viking Kirk Lowdermilk and will be getting his feet wet this week in practice as starting safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo try to come back from injuries.
- To make room for Lowdermilk, the Vikings released linebacker Terrance Plummer.
- In a story for The Sporting News website, former Vikings General Manager Jeff Diamond wrote that, had he been the Vikings G.M. now, he would have traded Adrian Peterson, saying, “If I was in control and knew I could have received anything close to full value in a trade, I would have shipped Peterson to another team. Perhaps the Vikings did test the trade winds, but in this age of media-savvy team execs, internet and social media, it’s virtually impossible to keep such talks under the radar. Had a deal been cut, maybe the Vikings wouldn’t be running the ball as well. Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater likely would be under more pressure. But I, as a team exec, would sleep better knowing I sent a strong message to my team, my organization and my fan base about our expectations on and off the field.” Diamond held the Vikings G.M. job until he put the team in salary cap hell following the 1998 season and went on to do the same with Tennessee over the next few years.
- The Vikings have the toughest schedule of the remaining playoff contenders in the NFC North. The Vikings’ remaining opponents are a combined 32-23 – Seattle (6-5), Arizona (9-2), Chicago (5-6), New York Giants (5-6) and Green Bay (7-4) – an overall win percentage of .582. Green Bay’s remaining opponents have a win percentage of .527 and Chicago’s opponents have a 25-30 record (.455).
- Of players with more than 70 rushing attempts, two them are from Seattle and are in the top three. Ryan Mathews of the Eagles leads the league at 5.69 yards, followed by Thomas Rawls (5.61) and Russell Wilson (5.18). Peterson is eighth with a 4.91-yard average.