ADRIAN PETERSON ON VIKES' NFC NORTH LOSING STREAK: "WOW!"
We all know the Vikings have had some lean years recently. But how long would you guess it has been since Minnesota beat one of its division rivals in the NFC North?
Five games? Eight? Ten?
How about 11? Yes, the last time Minnesota defeated a division opponent was in Week 3 of the 2010 season, when they topped Detroit by a 24-10 count.
The 11-game losing streak includes six home dates, and the Vikings were pounded by a 340-175 margin in those 11 games.
All of which came as news to the foremost player on Minnesota's roster.
"Wow," said Adrian Peterson when Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune made him aware of the streak. "To be honest with you, that hasn't been stuck in my head because I didn't know it was 11. But, wow, it's a good thing I didn't know. It's time to end that. It's time to get back on track and start playing Vikings football."
Minnesota gets the chance to end the streak at Detroit on Sunday. Peterson's health naturally will have a lot to do with the outcome, but the Vikings' featured running back says he still isn't 100% after having reconstructive surgery on his left knee nine months ago.
"It'll just be me knowing my body," Peterson told the Star-Tribune. "When I look in the mirror, obviously my right leg is bigger than my left. And I know (my left leg) is not as strong as far as the different things I can do. That's when I'll be able to tell, when I won't be able to tell the difference between the strength in my legs."
But Peterson said he felt a little closer to total recovery after rushing for 86 yards on a season-high 25 carries in Minnesota's big upset of San Francisco last week.
-- Tom Weir/SOTL.com
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