Notebook: A.D. bears down against Chicago

Some of RB Adrian Peterson's best games have come against Chicago and he talked to about that rivalry. Plus, former Vikings WR Randy Moss thinks his current Patriots team could be even more dangerous, and there are some interesting statements being made about the Vikings' receiving corps and a backup defensive tackle. We examine those as well in this eclectic notebook.

Apparently, Adrian Peterson feeds off the history of the Chicago Bears, the prestige of Soldier Field and the booing of Bears fans.

Last year, Peterson had 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings at Soldier Field and followed that up with a 131-yard rushing performance against the Bears at the Metrodome.

Of course, the star running back's first breakout game in the NFL came against the Bears in his rookie season, when he posted 224 rushing yards at Chicago.

Peterson was asked about his success against the Bears by

"I feel like it was still at a young age, just the Chicago Bear history, the background, and they're known for defense. And then Soldier Field, you can't help but play good on that field," he said. "It's just when I go out there, all the fans booing you, the whole atmosphere – it's always a big game, a big rivalry. I definitely look forward to playing those guys every year, so that has a lot to do with it."

Peterson's longest run last year, a 59-yarder, came against Chicago at the Metrodome.

The running back was also asked about the Bears' addition of quarterback Jay Cutler.

"It could changes things, but he's not going to be out there when I'm on offense," Peterson said.


The 1998 Vikings became famous for their high-flying offense and a 15-1 regular-season record that didn't help them get to the Super Bowl. That team fell in an overtime defeat to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.

But the 1998 teams set what was then a league record for the most points scored in a single season, as the likes of Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Jake Reed, Robert Smith, Leroy Hoard, Randall Cunningham and Brad Johnson were big factors in a 556-point regular season.

In 2007, the New England Patriots eclipsed that total by scoring 589 points and had 75 touchdowns, with Moss catching 23 of those.

Moss told blogger Tim Graham that he believes the 2009 Patriots can be even better and surpass their 2007 totals, which would push the Vikings to third in the record book for that category.

"This year, it's going to be a little bit scarier because we do have two years up under our belts," Moss told ESPN. "This offense is complicated. To be point blank, they don't want dummies in this offense. You have to be somewhat intelligent to be able to go ahead and run this offense because one play you could be here; the next play you could be there. You have to be versatile to be able to change positions and be good."

Moss and fellow receiver Wes Welker joined the Patriots in 2007, and their experience and the return of star QB Tom Brady are giving them confidence for big things ahead.

Of course, Moss already is part of the top two scoring offenses in league history and is now looking to make it the top three while pushing the Purple down another rung in favor of the Patriots.

Last year's high-scoring offense, the New Orleans Saints, scored only 463 points.


When is the last time you heard this phrase or one similar to it? "It will be fun to watch the Vikings receiver (corps) this yr. They are loaded with talented players who all have unique qualities."

That was tweeted Tuesday by a well-known name involved with the National Football League. However, the source has to be considered, since it is Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice and Aundrae Allison.

But, leaving Rosenhaus' obvious biases aside, there is quite a bit of truth to his statement.

Berrian has the deep speed, Percy Harvin has the short-area quickness and separation, Bobby Wade has the veteran savvy and Sidney Rice has the big body, hands and jumping ability. The top four receivers offer a variety of complementary skills.


Rosenhaus also had another Vikings-related statement on Twitter today, as he expectedly continues to offer high praise to his signed players and bewilderment about those clients of his still looking for work.

He also represents defensive tackle Fred Evans, who should be a primary backup to Pat and Kevin Williams this season.

"Fred would be a starter on most teams and is ready to contribute in a big way," Rosenhaus wrote on the social networking site.

Evans may be needed as more than just a backup for the Vikings. Both of the Williamses are still facing a potential four-game suspension for testing positive for the banned substance bumetanide, which was an unlisted ingredient in the dietary pill StarCaps. The Williamses and the NFL are scheduled to go to trial in Minnesota State Court, but a court date hasn't been set yet.

While Kevin Williams rarely comes out of a game – he played 91 percent of the team's defensive snaps last year – Pat Williams only played in 51 percent of the defensive snaps, according to a league source. Evans played in 23 percent of the snaps, the most of any of the backup defensive tackles on the team.

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