The Vikings left Seattle lamenting the fact that Peterson's monster day, which kick-started with a 74-yard burst on their second play of the game, was undone by a horrible passing attack.
Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson got a close-up look at Beast Mode on Sunday, and came away with undisguised admiration for his counterpart at running back, Marshawn Lynch. Never mind that Peterson himself was called a “beast” by teammate Jared Allen after rushing for 182 yards.
“There were a couple of times I said to myself, ‘Nice move, nice cut,’ or whatever,” Peterson said of watching Lynch. “He does a great job of being physical, and that’s what I’m all about, so he has my utmost respect.”
But Allen, a defensive end, had a slightly different take on the Seahawks’ ground game, which racked up 195 yards, led by Lynch with 124, in Seattle’s 30-20 win over the Vikings at CenturyLink Field.
“To give up 195 yards rushing makes me want to vomit,” Allen said. “It’s disgusting. It’s surprising they didn’t score more than 30. It’s too late in the season to be drummed like this. Especially when you rush for 200-plus yards (243, to be exact), you’re expected to be blowing a team out.
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“Adrian, I mean, he’s a beast. Adrian was amazing today. He should get tomorrow off, and we all should go to work. It’s embarrassing. Two weeks in a row, it’s absolutely embarrassing. I apologize to our fans.”
The Vikings left Seattle lamenting the fact that Peterson’s monster day, which kick-started with a 74-yard burst on their second play of the game, was undone by a horrible passing attack.
The Vikings managed just 44 net yards through the air. As Minnesota wide receiver Percy Harvin said after being tamed by the Seahawks: “We’re kind of all one-dimensional right now.
Harvin, who came into the game tied with Wes Welker for the NFL lead in receptions with 60, caught just two passes for 10 yards (to go with four rushes for 24 yards as he played through an ankle and hamstring injury).
Quarterback Christian Ponder, who has been regressing during a stretch of three Viking losses in four games, completed just 11 of 22 passes for 63 yards.
Ponder, in his second year, is bracing for boos and calls for backup Joe Webb when the Vikings return home.
“It’s happened already before,” Ponder said. “It comes with the territory. I don’t blame them. Obviously, we’re not — I’m not putting the product out on the field they want to watch. I’ll just use it as motivation. That’s what happens in the NFL. I’ve got to play better.”
The Vikings wound up with the worst of both worlds. After Peterson rushed for 144 yards on 12 carries in the first half, seemingly able to break free at will, he carried just five times for 38 yards in the second half as Minnesota played catch up.
“We wanted to (use Peterson more in the second half), but we felt with all the eight- and nine-man boxes we were getting, there would be some opportunities in the passing game,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “We just couldn’t exploit what we were getting from them from a defensive standpoint.”
Peterson said he wanted more action in the second half.
“I always want the ball more,” he said. “That’s just my mentality. Especially when I’m hot. But I go out and do my job no matter what the play call is. That’s all I can do.”
Minnesota’s inability to shut down the Seahawks’ rushing game just compounded matters, and confounded Allen. In their past four games, opponents are averaging 165 yards per game on the ground.
“For them to run for that many yards, we have to look at it and see what we’re doing and how we’re doing it,” Frazier said. “Didn’t expect it. Did not expect it. Didn’t see that coming.”
Allen realizes the Vikings, who won four of their first five games, needed to fix things fast to maintain their playoff hopes.
“I know there’s a core group of guys that still remember the days when people had to use four different backs to get 100 yards on us,” Allen said.
“Frustrating is an understatement. It’s annoying. To have the capability to play one way, and then to get smoked at your own house (a 36-17 loss to Tampa Bay last week), and to come out and get smoked again on the road … guys’ mindsets have to change, top to bottom.”
That task begins Monday for all the Vikings. Unless Peterson gets the day off.
Larry Stone: 206-464-3146 or firstname.lastname@example.org