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Counting snaps: Adrian Peterson rendered moot in Minnesota Vikings loss

The Minnesota Vikings had high hopes for Adrian Peterson’s return. Instead, Jerick McKinnon played almost three times as much because of the game situation.

As the Minnesota Vikings put themselves in a quick hole with one first down in their first three drives, it meant Adrian Peterson’s worth was diminishing the further the Vikings got behind. Peterson started the game but played in only 12 of the 58 offensive snaps because Minnesota fell behind 17-0 midway through the second quarter and Jerick McKinnon is the better pass-receiving option.

McKinnon played in 34 offensive snaps and Matt Asiata was in for the same amount of snaps as Peterson – 12. Fullback Zach Line played in only three snaps on offense before he left with an injury.

With WR Adam Thielen leaving after 18 snaps with a neck injury, Stefon Diggs played 49 snaps, Cordarrelle Patterson 44, Charles Johnson 39 and Jarius Wright 17.

Defensively, with CB Trae Waynes inactive with a concussion, Terence Newman played in 64 of the 70 defensive snaps and Xavier Rhodes played in 68 snaps.

VIKINGS SNAPS vs. COLTS

  vs. Indianapolis Colts
  Off Def ST
Players 58 70 24
J Berger 58 0 0
B Fusco 0 0 0
A Boone 58 0 2
T Clemmings 58 0 2
J Sirles 58 0 2
S Bradford 58 0 0
K Rudolph 56 0 2
S Diggs 49 0 0
C Johnson 39 0 13
A Thielen 18 0 5
C Patterson 44 0 9
R Ellison 5 0 11
D Morgan 1 0 8
Z Line 3 0 5
M Asiata 12 0 4
J McKinnon 34 0 0
A Peterson 12 0 0
J Wright 17 0 0
L Treadwell 0 0 0
Z Kerin 0 0 2
N Easton 58 0 2
W Beavers 0 0 0
S Hill 0 0 0
A Sendejo 0 70 11
E Kendricks 0 70 7
A Barr 0 70 7
H Smith 0 0 0
X Rhodes 0 68 6
T Newman 0 64 7
T Waynes 0 0 0
E Griffen 0 57 5
B Robison 0 54 5
L Joseph 0 57 6
C Munnerlyn 0 32 0
D Hunter 0 35 4
C Greenway 0 37 6
T Johnson 0 27 3
S Stephen 0 51 8
M Alexander 0 4 6
A Harris 0 70 13
M Sherels 0 0 3
A Cole 0 0 15
E Lamur 0 4 15
J Trattou 0 0 15
J Kearse 0 0 15
K Brothers 0 0 15
E Robinson 0 0 9
K McDermott 0 0 5
J Locke 0 0 5
K Forbath 0 0 5
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