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Peterson claims he and Percy are NFL's best

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08:01 AM ET 10.12 | One element of Adrian Peterson's game that hasn't suffered, clearly, is his confidence. Ten months after an injury that may have slowed a lesser athlete, Peterson is eying another decade in the league, noting that a certain Redskins linebacker has lasted. "London Fletcher is 37," Peterson said. "I'm 27. That's 10 more years." ... Buoyed by his team's 4-1 start and Percy Harvin's transformation from versatile oddity to star, Peterson calls himself and Harvin the two best players in the league. "I know talent," he said. "I can watch Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and see the difference." Who's Pippen and who's Jordan? "There are two Jordans on this team," he said. "I'm not trying to be cocky. I'm just very confident in my abilities."

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October 12, 2012  08:03 AM ET

Actually, this is kinda hard to argue at this point.

October 12, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Who thought they would win 4 games all season????

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October 12, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Adrian Peterson, yeah, he could be the best RB in the league. Percy Harvin is a stretch, though. But you've got to like the confidence.

October 12, 2012  08:14 AM ET
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If you actually watched football and not gleaned your information from stat lines and win-loss records from previous years, you wouldn't be all that surprised.

Get over yourself, not even Viking fans saw this coming.

October 12, 2012  08:14 AM ET
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If you actually watched football and not gleaned your information from stat lines and win-loss records from previous years, you wouldn't be all that surprised.

I know what I've seen the last two years... and I could care less about stat lines & W-L records.


I'm surprised as hell.

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October 12, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you actually watched football and not gleaned your information from stat lines and win-loss records from previous years, you wouldn't be all that surprised.

I'm not afraid to admit I didn't see this coming with the Vikings. Ponder was a big question mark coming into the season and there weren't a lot of indicators that Peterson, Harvin or the rest of the team would play as well as they are.

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October 12, 2012  08:25 AM ET
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They weren't that far off last year from winning a few more. 9 of their losses were by less than a touchdown.They addressed their needs on O-line, which was their weakness last year.They lacked discipline, which isn't surprising under a new coach.This team wasn't far off at all.Now will they win their division this year? Probably not, but this is a tremendous springboard for them.

Agreed. I'm just surrounded by Vikings fans (SE MN), and while they might have hoped for this, no one was picking the Vikes higher than 3rd in the division. Great to see though, I love having Da Bears, Vikes and Pack going at each other!

October 12, 2012  08:25 AM ET

I'm surprised, too. With the Packers and Lions showing signs of crumbling, it's good to see that one team in that division is actually stepping up and making it happen.

October 12, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you actually watched football and not gleaned your information from stat lines and win-loss records from previous years, you wouldn't be all that surprised.

judging by the other comments, I rest my case. Be a homer all you want. I could care less!!!

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October 12, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Ragnar must be ecstatic.

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October 12, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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The only other real big difference with this team, is on kick-offs. They finally have someone in Walsh that can get under the ball and either drive it deep or through the endzone. They gave too many teams a short field last year.

With Goofdell's kickoff line, any kicker should be able to put it into the end zone. I think a lot of the kickoffs that get run back this year are intentionally not kicked deeper because the kicking team is hoping to do better than the 20.

Last year, I predicted that teams would start placing kickoffs the way they do punts, trying to pin the other guys back. It's happening. Once a team has a big lead, they just put it through every time and don't risk a runback.

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October 12, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Longwell could barely get it 3 yards deep last year. If I were to say anything has really surprised me, it was the Vikings drafting a kicker. I didn't expect that.

One of the greatest draft picks of all time was Al Davis drafting punter Ray Guy in the first round.

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October 12, 2012  09:49 AM ET

I know one thing for sure, old age always wins. He is a 27. 3 or 4 more years and he will be slowed by age and not singing so loudly. I already think he is a step slower than he used to be. Willy Mays, played way beyond his years and embarrassed himself. Look at boxing and the has beens who thought the same thing. Urlacher is getting there too.

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