Baltimore Ravens Must Stop Adrian Peterson to Win Sunday

By Jermaine Lockett
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Ravens nation, John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens have moved on from Thursday night’s incident with Mike Tomlin, and I think it is time that we did as well.  Justice has been served by the league so now let’s look toward the Minnesota Vikings.  Offensively they have a few threats, but let’s focus on the main feature, Adrian Peterson.  There’s a saying that this game is won in the trenches.  Well come Sunday, the Ravens will once again be tested down in those trenches by the best running back in football.

Adrian Peterson, aka “All Day,” has been all business as usual, chalking up 1208 yards on the season even while working through injuries.   There is no way Dean Pees overlooks this backfield on Sunday; in fact I am most certain there is more emphasis on stopping the run during this week’s walk-through, but how do they prepare to stop a good running offense when the one they practice day in and day out against is absolutely horrible?  The Baltimore defense will have to go to the tape on this match-up big time and figure out where these holes are opening up and then plug them.  On that same note, Juan Castillo could stand to go to the tape and learn how to make a hole.

If the Ravens stop the run the game is won.  Usually that is only partially true, but not for an offense that averages 27.2 carries per game.  Don’t get me wrong; this will set up the play-action pass which could affect the Ravens if they fully commit to the run-stop, but let’s be serious here.  A team ranked 24th in the league in passing is going to put their workhorse on double duty all day Sunday, and it will be up to the Ravens’ D to ensure Peterson does not go off.

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