GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Hard to believe that the Packers versus Adrian Peterson could be a case of strength against weakness. But Green Bay held Jacksonville to 1.8 yards per carry in Sunday’s win, while Peterson managed just 31 yards on 19 carries in the Vikings Week 1 win in Tennessee. That is an average of 1.6. But these Packers are much more familiar with the name, then those numbers.
“He is not going to have a 100 yard game every game he plays, I’m sure he’d like to,” said Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. “But this is also the same guy that was a couple yards away from the rushing record and has continued to play at a high-level at a position that the career average is 3 to 5 years. He is still one of the best.”
The 31-year old Peterson did not play in the preseason, and Sunday’s opener against the Titans when he struggled was his first game with a rebuilt offensive line. Still, he knows he missed some opportunities. “In the NFL you are going to have games where it is rough. At the end of the day there was still 4 to 5 plays that I missed; I flat out missed that were 50 or 60-yard plays, 20-yard plays.” Since rushing for 409 yards against the Packers in 2012, Peterson has only cracked the 100-yard mark once in his last four tries against Green Bay.
Now one of the defenders who won’t be helping to tackle Peterson on Sunday, at least it doesn’t look that way, is cornerback Sam Shields. He spent another day in the concussion protocol and the Packers defense is preparing to play without him Sunday night.