The Stat Line Of The Night – 12/28/10 – Adrian Peterson
Not many people gave the Minnesota Vikings a chance last night as they traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in the NFL’s first Tuesday game since 1946. And with a 5-9 record going into the game, and Michael Vick under center for the opposition, it is not hard to see why the Eagles entered this match-up as 14-point favorites. However, the Vikings had a secret weapon of their own, and his name is Adrian Peterson.
Okay, so maybe Peterson’s abilities aren’t much of a secret these days, but they did seem to fly under the radar with the bookmakers this week, and he made them and everyone else who bet on the Eagles pay with his 22 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown. The running game was a key factor for the Vikings as they not only covered the spread, but they also managed to pull off the improbable road victory with rookie quarterback Joe Webb getting the start.
Webb was quite impressive in his first career start, limiting his mistakes and scoring on a nine-yard run, but it was Peterson’s strong running that took much of the pressure off the rookie’s shoulders. His stellar performance came on the same day that he was named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster, and in addition to that honor he also earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, December 28, 2010.