Packers prepare for Peterson
Adrian Peterson. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CREATED Nov. 28, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 29, 2012
GREEN BAY - Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leads the National Football League in rushing yards less than a year after tearing his ACL in a December 2011 game against Washington.
The Packers are familiair with Peterson, but his career year has put the Pack on high alert this Sunday against what many call the best back in the league.
"It's exciting, I like playing against him. It's a challenge, a big challenge. He's the leading rusher in the league right now," said defensive lineman Ryan Pickett.
"It's always a tough challenge because he's a great running back," agreed safety Morgan Burnett. "He has all the attributes. You just dive at his legs, you see a lot of times on film guys just dive at his legs, and he just steps out of all those tackles.
Peterson has been rolling his last five games. 100 yards in each with 5 touchdowns. A certain mindset exists in order to bring down a guy who's running style resembles that of a bowling ball.
"You gotta go out there and want to tackle." Burnett said. "He's going to run hard and you have to go hard and not ease up. That's what makes him one of the best."
"You can't duplicate it, you have to maintain gap integrity, play hard and win your block. Just play football. It's nothing to over think," said linebacker Dezman Moses.
The Packers are looking to simplify things coming off a 28 point loss, something Pickett doesn't think will be too hard given the opponent.
"It's the Vikings! We don't like the Vikings, so it's extra push to get ready for this game."
Sunday begins the first of 4 remaining games within the NFC North division. They are 2-0 currently and trail the Chicago Bears by one game in the standings. The Vikings have lost 3 of their last 4 games and are 6-5 this season.