Adrian Peterson

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Gap-fills were key in run support against Adrian Peterson and linebackers were pivotal in containing Peterson.

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Adrian Peterson rushed for 100 yards but 36 of those came on one carry and the Minnesota franchise tailback never took over a game that was the Vikings’ to win.

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Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was about as optimistic as a competitive guy can be following a crushing 31-30 loss to the division-rival Bears.

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If there was a nagging concern from a game that pushed the Bears to 2-0 and shoved the Vikings into an 0-2 hole it is the frequency with which opponents are pushing the Bears all over the field.

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Bears coach Marc Trestman would probably like to be able to employ a 12th man on the Sunday to help stop Adrian Peterson. Maybe one showed up Sunday morning.

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