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What Does Brett Favre do for AD?

This summer, there has been a lot of focus on Favre going to Minnesota.  All the while, the NFL's leading rusher from 2008 gets only a small fraction of the discussion time as of late.  I think it's pretty cool that the attention has been taken off of AD, I think it's kinda symbolic as to what might happen in the regular season. 

Last year was a good year for Adrian Peterson, afterall what RB had a better year?  But despite his success, you can't help but wonder if there isn't possibly more potential to tap with Peterson on a balanced offense.  Last year there were times when opposing defenses sold out to stop the run.  It allowed the passing game to make plays at times.  But I feel they could have capitalized more with the passing game than they did.

Will defenses force Farve with 8 man fronts?  As Packallday pointed out, there are some that think defenses would be willing to commit 9, given the right formation.  I don't believe this.  That would mean 2 guys to cover Berrian and Shiancoe.  I think Favre would have a field day on that.  But 8 man fronts against 2 WRs might even be a stretch.

So to come back around to my idea, What kind of impact does Favre have on Peterson's year?  How much better can AD be than he was last year? 

I just don't see teams willing to try 8 man fronts that much with Favre at QB.  I think if they do, Peterson puts up similar #s to last year.  Because that's what happened last year.  The difference would be that the passing game would be more successful than last year.  Berrian, Rice and Favre will carve up 8 in the box.  Think about Favre on that play action pass.

If the passing game were to improve, I think Peterson would see a lot of 7 man fronts.  That's when Peterson goes from 5 yds to 50 yds on a lot of plays.  I think the best thing about Favre in Minnesota is how he will help the running game. 

Being a fan, it's tough to throw out a guess as to how many yards Peterson will get in '09, but I think it will be higher than last year's #.  If defenses focus on AD just like they did last year, it would make sense he get similar #s as last year.  But can opposing D's afford to do that if Favre is there to make an audible?

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