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Vikings-Packers scouting report

Can Packers stop Adrian Peterson?

Vikings on offense: Adrian Peterson is among the best workhorse running backs in the NFL. Less than a year removed from major knee surgery, the 6-foot-1-inch, 217-pounder hasn’t lost a step and might even be faster (did he go to the same surgeon that fixed up Colonel Steve Austin?). Peterson (2,097 yards) has a rare package of vision, strength, and passion. He bursts through tiny openings and explodes onto the second and third level. He has impressive acceleration and rare is the day he is caught from behind. Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder (6-2, 229 pounds) is a underrated athlete with strong arm. He has made great strides but still has a tendency to lock on to his primary receiver and force throws rather than checking down to secondary options. Tight end Kyle Rudolph is a monster. The 6-6, 258-pounder creates mismatches because of his height and deceptive quickness. He’s a red zone demon.

Packers on defense: B.J. Raji is a versatile nose tackle with the quickness to collapse the pocket and the power to anchor against the run — he’s not a shabby dancer, either. Rugged linebackers Clay Matthews (he’s rangy and powerful) and A.J. Hawk (ditto) are always around the ball.

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