Peterson believes 100 yards is ‘so easy'

Adrian Peterson (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY)

Despite being stopped short on Sunday, Adrian Peterson believes getting 100 yards rushing in a game is "so easy." The Vikings likely will need that and more to win at Chicago this week.

It was one quote in a weekly press conference conducted by Adrian Peterson. He was asked the standard variety questions – ranging from his view of Christian Ponder to his feelings on the read-option offense.

Peterson is candid and honest in responses. When possible, he toes the company line and gives the "right" answer. But, when posed with the question of the lack of 100-yard rushers in Week 1 – there were three, and one if them was a quarterback – Peterson had a moment of candor that speaks to his competitive spirit.

Asked if the lack of 100-yard rushers was a byproduct of a pass-happy NFL or defenses being prepared to shut down the elite running backs of the NFL, Peterson gave an honest answer – one that cuts to the chase of Peterson's belief in his abilities.

"I think it's a mixture of both," Peterson said. "Any time I don't get 100 (yards), I'm just like, ‘Wow!' I'm disappointed, because I think it's so easy to get 100."

Easy to get 100 yards? Peterson is one of the few players in the NFL who can get away with such comments. If it was truly easy, he would have gained 22 or more yards on his final 17 carries of Sunday's Week 1 loss at Detroit, giving him 100 for the day. It's not easy, but, when it comes to Peterson, it's possible.

If nothing else, Peterson reinforced what is being discussed behind the scenes in Chicago in preparation for Sunday's game. Detroit did as good a job in the final 54 plays the Vikings ran on Sunday as any team has done against Peterson in a long time and he finished the game with 93 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

The Bears have unofficially been put on notice. Peterson's goal of 2,500 yards or, at a minimum, being the only member of the 2,000-yard rushing club with two blazers, is still a goal he has in front of him. To meet those goals, 16 100-yard rushing games would leave him 400 yards short. He needs to put together some 150-yard and 200-yard games in order to stay on pace for the kind of season he anticipates.

When the Vikings have needed a win in their recent history, they have turned to Peterson to make the difference. Expect that to be the case Sunday. His first 200-yard game came in his first visit to Soldier Field as a rookie in 2007. That was the last time the Vikings won in Chicago. If they are to snap that five-year win drought, it will likely be on Peterson to get the job done. He's not backing down. A hundred yards rushing is the starting point for his Sunday plans. Where will it end? Stay tuned.


John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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