New York Giants Defense Must Find Way to Stop Adrian Peterson

By Daniel Brennan
Adrian Peterson
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants welcome the Minnesota Vikings into MetLife Stadium on Monday night as the G-Men continue to pursue their first win of the season.

Priority No. 1 for the Giants: Shutting down known extraterrestrial and reigning MVP Adrian Peterson.

Unfortunately for New York, statistics point to a huge game coming from Peterson. The RB is currently fourth in the NFL in rushing with 483 yards. However, the three backs in front him have played in either six or seven games compared to the five that Peterson has played. A back like Peterson has the ability to control a game with his success in the ground game.

The Giants’ defense has also struggled mightily to stop opposing rushing attacks. Big Blue ranks 26th against the run, surrendering a whopping 123 yards per game. Both the defensive line and the linebacking units have contributed to the team’s failures on defense.

However, linebacker Jon Beason played well in his first game as a New York Giant. He recorded 12 tackles against the Chicago Bears and he will have to be a major factor on Monday night if the Giants have any hope of containing Peterson’s big-play ability.

It will be ugly for the New York defense if they cannot stop Peterson. After getting just 10 rushes in last week’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Vikings will want to get their star off and running early and often. Both squads are hungry for a win and we’ll see who can make more plays come game time.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.


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