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?