A.P.: Accolades a' Plenty

The honors and praise keep coming for Adrian Peterson following his monster day on the midway. The latest came from the NFL itself, which conjured up some Vikings memories by naming the rookie NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

The praise for Adrian Peterson and his record-setting performance continued Tuesday as he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Peterson's 224 yards rushing shattered the old team record of 200 by Chuck Foreman in 1976 and set a new standard for opposing running backs on the Bears – a franchise that has been facing running backs for 88 NFL seasons.

The last time a Vikings rookie was named NFC Offensive POW was following a Thanksgiving Day game in 1998. In that game, Randy Moss caught just three passes, but all went for touchdowns in a 163-yard performance in a 46-36 win by the Vikings.

While coach Brad Childress continues to insist that the Vikings are going to keep platooning their running backs, the attention that Peterson is receiving won't be lost on future Vikings opponents.

* The Vikings are seeing their success on offense this season might be based on a simple plan of 20-20-20 – 20 carries for Peterson, 20 carries for Chester Taylor and 20 pass attempts by Tarvaris Jackson.
* One thing the Vikings might start incorporating is using Peterson as a decoy much in the same way the Saints used Reggie Bush when both he and Deuce McAllister were in the lineup. The Saints would put Bush in motion often last year and a fake to him would get a half-dozen defenders to react. Twice on Sunday when the Vikings had both Peterson and Taylor in the backfield, Jackson faked a reverse to Peterson and handed off to Taylor up the middle.
* Thanks to Peterson's big day, the Vikings now have the league's top-rated run offense – a distinction they haven't held since 2002.
* Childress announced Monday that Anthony Herrera will remain the starter at right guard. He took over the starting role from Artis Hicks last week and the coaching staff was impressed with how well he handled the additional workload.
* The Vikings had rookie Manny Collins out of Rutgers in for a workout Tuesday. Collins was released last week by the Jets.
* The Michael Bennett trade from the Chiefs to the Bucs will include up to two picks – low-round choices in both 2008 and 2009, depending on Bennett's performance with Tampa Bay.
* Former Viking Koren Robinson expects to hear today if the league will reinstate him following his one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The incident he was suspended for came when he was charged with DWI and leading police on a high speed chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph on his way from the Twin Cities back to Vikings training camp in Mankato last August.
* League news that should come as good news to fans and media that cover the NFL draft is that teams are likely going to have the time to make picks in the first round of the draft reduced from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. While it may not seem like much, it adds a minimum of two picks per hour, as opposed to the currently policy which allows for the first round to last up to eight hours.

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