Fumbles still part of Peterson's résumé

Adrian Peterson's issues with fumbling the ball continued against the Bears and started on the opening series. He and the coaches are both aware of the issue, but there were two more from him Sunday.

It's hard to find much fault with the Vikings these days.

A 36-10 victory Sunday over the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome gave the Vikings a 10-1 record and put their magic number for clinching the NFC North at two games.

But if there was one disturbing thing in the victory it was the fact that Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson fumbled the ball twice and lost one of them.

That gave Peterson six fumbles (five lost) this season and 19 fumbles (12 lost) in three-plus NFL seasons.

"It is something that you want to rectify," coach Brad Childress said. "Some of it is keeping it high and tight and some of it is churning for extra yards. Nonetheless, you can't give the ball to them. You can't do that."

Peterson's miscues Sunday included a fumble on the opening series that killed a Vikings drive that had moved from the Minnesota 20-yard line to the Chicago 27.

"Sometimes I think I can be my biggest enemy with how I run," Peterson said. "I'm trying to scratch for every yard; I just have to be more aware. I put (fumbles) on tape and guys are going to come in when they have me wrapped up and try and punch the ball out. That's on me."


  • RB Adrian Peterson on being 10-1: "I knew we had the tools we needed to have a great season. It was all about week in and week out doing whatever it takes to go out there and accomplish that and thus far we've been doing pretty good. So I'm just enjoying the ride."

  • LB Chad Greenway on if the Vikings are a special team: "You hope so, with the way the offense is playing. The defense, we're starting to get our legs under us and continue to play better and we've done that. You never know what can happen. We're just trying to get better week in and week out."

  • DT Kevin Williams on the Vikings not having given up 100 yards rushing to a player in the past 34 games: "For the last three to four years — we have a goal sheet every week, and that is No. 1 each week. We already know it's No. 1 and in the back of our minds we know it's there and we just try to go out and accomplish it every week. ... We're trying to get that No. 1 run defense back."

  • RG Anthony Herrera was replaced by Artis Hicks against the Bears on Sunday after suffering a concussion the previous week. Herrera likely will return next Sunday night at Arizona.

  • WR Percy Harvin had the first 100-yard receiving game of his career Sunday as he caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.

  • LG Steve Hutchinson was slow to get up on two occasions Sunday but remained in the game. Hutchinson was bothered by a back injury early in the season but did not miss any time.

  • RB Chester Taylor caught his first touchdown pass of the season and is fifth on the Vikings with 33 catches for 279 yards.

  • CB Antoine Winfield has missed the past five games (and six weeks) because of an injury to his right foot and should be able to return on Sunday at Arizona. However, Winfield also was expected back against Chicago but didn't yet feel 100 percent.

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