Adrian Peterson hasn’t rushed for 100 yards in the past two games but he still remains second in the NFL in rushing yardage with 420. That puts him only 2 yards behind Atlanta’s Michael Turner. Peterson finished Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans with 80 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Peterson now has 83 rushing attempts in four games, meaning he’s averaging 5.1 yards per attempt.
Despite a sloppy performance in their 30-17 defeat at Tennessee, the Vikings actually improved their standing in terms of overall offense and defense. Minnesota went from 17th to 14th in total offense, falling from fifth to sixth in rushing but improving from 24th to 19th in passing. The defense is ranked sixth entering tonight’s game between the Ravens and Steelers. That is up one spot. The rushing defense slipped from third to fourth but against the pass the Vikings went from 20th to 17th.
One area where the Vikings fell was in the all important take-away, give-away category. After their Week 3 victory over Carolina, the Vikings were tied for 10th among teams with a plus-1 in this area. They had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries and had given up two interceptions and one fumble. But after losing four turnovers against the Titans, the Vikings are now tied for 21st at minus-2 in take-away, give-away.