Minnesota Vikings Must Lean Heavily on Adrian Peterson in Josh Freeman's Debut

By Andrew Fisher
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As much as Minnesota Vikings‘ fans want the team’s offense to look drastically different under Josh Freeman, it’s just not going to happen. Well, at least in his team debut.

Freeman is of course getting set to take on the New York Giants in a crucial mid-season game. The stage is as big as gets for a contest featuring two teams with one win combined. On Monday night, the entire football world watches. Freeman will be trying his best to resurrect this Vikings’ team from the dead, but he’ll need a lot of help from Adrian Peterson.

The reigning MVP has had a solid 2013 campaign, but he’s certainly not playing like he was towards the end of last season. The Vikings need an MVP performance from AP on Monday night in the worst way. Not only because it will give the team a much better chance at victory, but mainly because of all the pressure it would take off of Freeman.

There’s no doubt that Freeman is as physically gifted as they come at the QB position. He’s tall, strong and quick. But he’s also making his first start for a new team in the middle of a season. It’s not an ideal new start for the QB, but given the way his 2013 season began, I’m sure he’s more than ecstatic.

So as much as fans want to see the playbook get opened up with Freeman at the helm, this battle on MNF is not the place for that. The Vikings need to stick to their normal game plan, which obviously features a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson.


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