Axx wrote:i'm going to have to disagree, only in the first time we played the 9ers our interior run D was exploited, but every game where we were owned by RB's like AP, The guy from the Bills, Reggy Bush, Morris and Turner they gashed us on outside runs particularly to Red Bryants And Irvins side. Clems usually would hold his on. At least to the point he wasn't a liability.
Minnesota stopped running AP because he was mostly ineffective outside about 5-6 big runs.
He had a 77 yard run from sick juke (also because Sherman was held just before he could get to him).
But if you look at the runs he broke off the yards on you can see two things:
(14:21) 28-A.Peterson right end to SEA 1 for 74 yards (39-B.Browner).
(8:46) 28-A.Peterson left tackle pushed ob at MIN 46 for 16 yards (39-B.Browner)
(8:36) 28-A.Peterson up the middle to SEA 44 for 24 yards (39-B.Browner, 69-C.McDonald).
(7:52) 28-A.Peterson up the middle to SEA 29 for 15 yards (29-E.Thomas).
(4:04) 28-A.Peterson right tackle to MIN 47 for 28 yards (54-B.Wagner).
(13:06) 28-A.Peterson left end pushed ob at MIN 20 for 12 yards (39-B.Browner).
First: that 169 of his 182 yards on 6 plays. Irritating to say the least, but much more preferable to losing 5-6 yards on every carry.
Maybe once per drive he gets a first down, but the rest of the running game is so ineffective that it forces them into 3rd and long situations too, that's why the Vikings went away from him in the second half.
Second: 2 runs to the left, 2 runs to the right, 2 runs up the middle. You can't blame any one player for those runs, AP just does that to everyone.