A rather amusing story from, of all places, the folks at Bloomberg News. The article is entitled "Vikes' Peterson Too Injury-Prone for NFL Record, Oddsmakers Say."
A couple of "highlights," such as they are:
``He's injury-prone, that's our biggest concern,'' Reed Richards, a spokesman for Costa Rica-based BetUS.com, said in a telephone interview. ``He runs with that chip on his shoulder and you could see him grinding himself down.''
``That is the concern with the high running style, but you don't see people catching him,'' said former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who holds the NFL record of 18,355 rushing yards and now works as an analyst for ESPN. ``A lot of times, he has a high running style because he's in the open field. When he gets in traffic, he lowers his shoulder and is able to get around people.''
Smith said Peterson will learn how to avoid unnecessary hits and reduce the wear-and-tear on his body as he gets older. Bob Stoops, who coached Peterson for three years at Oklahoma, says his former star will only get better.
``He's going to keep maturing physically, hard as it is to believe,'' Stoops said at a news conference this week. ``He's going to gain more strength and more power. I don't think he's done.''
First of all, let's drop the "injury-prone" crap when we talk about Adrian Peterson, shall we? The guy sprained an ankle, which can happen to any RB at any level on any play, and he broke a collarbone on a freak play at the end of a huge TD run against Iowa State. It's not as though the guy has had knee surgery 3 or 4 times. It's not like he's got bad hamstrings. Simply being injured does not make one "injury-prone." The "injury-prone" thing is largely perpetuated by the media types that can't stand the fact that a player so spectacular fell right to a team and a media market that they, by and large, absolutely can't stand. Had Peterson ended up in New England or Indianapolis or Green Bay or Pittsburgh or something, the words "injury-prone" wouldn't be coming out of anyone's mouth regarding the man known as Purple Jesus.
To those people I say, "Get used to it, because he's going to be here for a while."
Second of all, take a look at the defenses that Minnesota plays in the second half of the season, and where they rank against the rush:
We start with an (allegedly) outstanding Green Bay defense that managed to hold Peterson to just under 10 yards a carry the first time these two teams got together. Do you suppose they've magically come up with an answer for him since then? I doubt it. I wouldn't expect Detroit to keep Peterson contained again, either.
There are only two legitimately tough rush defenses on this list. . .the Giants and the Redskins, and the Redskins game is in the comfy confines of the Metrodome. And if Peterson IS within striking distance of either record, check out who the Vikings get in the season finale. That's right, a date with the worst rush defense in the league. I'm not saying that Denver's rush defense is terrible, but they allowed a Packers running back to go for 100+ against them a couple weeks ago. That's pretty pathetic. Just imagine what someone with actual talent. . .like, say, Adrian Peterson. . .could do to that defense.
So, to review, Adrian Peterson is no more injury-prone than any other running back in the National Football League. . .and, as always, regardless of what team you cheer for, Adrian Peterson is better than your team's running back.
Continue enjoying your Friday, ladies and gentlemen!