If there’s one way to give your head coach a heart attack, Adrian Peterson found it on Sunday morning when he missed the team bus as the Minnesota Vikings headed to Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears in an NFC North showdown.
Luckily for the Vikings and head coach Leslie Frazier, Peterson caught a cab outside the team hotel shortly after and arrived at the field solo at 10:23 a.m. CST, about an hour and a half before kickoff.
At least the cabby didn’t recognize the Vikings star, take a wrong turn or two, and drop Peterson off in Detroit.
Despite his tardiness, Peterson will be a full-go against the Bears. Considering the fact that their passing attack has been feckless this season and the defense is facing a cleared Jay Cutler who seems to always have the Vikings’ number, it would be in their best interests to have their No.1 runner available. No offense, but Toby Gerhart wouldn’t exactly intimidate the No. 8 rush defense in the league.
So far this season, Peterson has amassed 1,128 yards on the ground, landing him at the top of the NFL rushing list heading into Week 12. His 5.8 yards per carry and revitalized ability to make something out of nothing has helped the Vikings stay afloat in the playoff race at 6-4.
I hope that the extra sleep was worth it, because Peterson nearly cost his team a shot at beating their NFC North rivals and moving one step closer to cracking the postseason only a year after going 3-13.