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mesaSteeler
10-22-2009, 07:40 PM
Double vision for Steelers
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1424/2009/october/22/double-vision-for-steelers.html
By: Mike Bires -
Beaver County Times

Thursday October 22, 2009 12:02 AM

Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson (28) is congratulated by Brett Favre (4) after Peterson rushed for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

PITTSBURGH --- From a defensive perspective, James Farrior has the precise description for what awaits the Steelers on Sunday.

“Double trouble,” he said.

When Farrior and the rest of the Steelers’ defense face the Minnesota Vikings, they’ll have not one but two superstars to contend with.

One is 40-year-old quarterback Brett Favre, the ageless wonder who’s been the most compelling story in the NFL so far this season.

The other is Adrian Peterson, who’s rushed for more yards and more touchdowns than any other running back since he entered the league in 2007.

“A (future) Hall of Fame quarterback and the best running back in the NFL … this is probably going to be the toughest match-up we’ll face this year,” said Farrior, an inside linebacker.

“A legendary player in Brett Favre and an up-and-coming legendary player in Adrian Peterson,” added Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend.

Now in his 19th pro season, Favre joined the Vikings this summer after a much-ballyhooed saga of will he or won’t he.

In desperate need of a reliable quarterback who would be the final piece of a Super Bowl-contending team, coach Brad Childress basically begged Favre to play for the Vikings. After great debate, Favre finally turned his back on retirement for the second time in two years and agreed to a two-year deal worth $12 million this season and $13 million in 2010.

“He’s a game manager,” Childress said. “You know as a quarterback, if you touch the ball 60 times in this game, you’re going to have something to do with the outcome.”

Favre, who spent most of his career with the Green Bay Packers, is managing the Vikings’ offense better than even Childress could have expected. Favre ranks third in the league with a 109.5 passer rating. The only two QBs with higher ratings are New Orleans’ Drew Brees at 118.4 and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning 114.1.
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Unlike last year when he threw 22 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions for the New York Jets, Favre has a much better ratio this year: 12 TDs and only two picks.

“He’s a good story,” Steelers free safety Ryan Clark said of Favre, who holds NFL records for most career TD passes (476) and passing yards (66,474).

Peterson, too, is a good story.

As a rookie, he ranked second in the league with 1,341 rushing yards. In a game against San Diego, he set an NFL record with 296 yards.

Last year, Peterson led the league with 1,760 yards.

This year, he’s rushed for a league-high 624.

“This guy that plays running back for them is arguably the best football player in the world right now,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

The Steelers (4-2) are 4-point favorites over the Vikings (6-0). But they know that playing against the one-two punch of Favre and Peterson, winning won’t be easy.

“It’s a nightmare for a defense,” linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. “If you focus on the run, they’ll throw the ball downfield and beat you with the pass. If you focus on the pass, Adrian Peterson will run on you.’

That’s double trouble indeed.

Mike Bires can be reached online at mbires@timesonline.com

BlackAndGold4Ever
10-22-2009, 11:10 PM
That’s double trouble indeed.

You said it. Should be a heavyweight title fight

markymarc
10-23-2009, 01:34 PM
Shut down Peterson and we will be alright. If he has a big game then the Steelers could be in trouble.