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Adrian Peterson puts Minnesota Vikings on his back

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We already knew Adrian Peterson still was a playmaker for the Minnesota Vikings. Now we know he can carry the team all by himself if necessary.

On a day when Christian Ponder finished with just 58 passing yards, Peterson ran for 153 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' 21-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.


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Peterson has had productive games since his return from reconstructive knee surgery, but this might be the first week we can safely say the four-time Pro Bowl pick is all the way back. His mix of speed and power is unequaled among players at his position. Both traits were on display against a very strong Cardinals defense.

Peterson has been kept on a pitch count this season, carrying the ball 17 times or fewer in four games. He had 23 carries Sunday, and we could see that number become more of a baseline as the season progresses.

Peterson is cresting just when the Vikings need him most. Ponder has throw six interceptions in the past three weeks. He went 1-of-7 passing for 4 yards in the second half Sunday.

If the 5-2 Vikings are going to continue this unlikely run to the playoffs, they will need Peterson to put the offense on his back. Sunday's victory represented a very promising indicator on that front.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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