How to stop Adrian Peterson

NFL's top RB demands extra attention, focus from secondary

Originally Published: June 17, 2013
By Matt Bowen | Special to ESPN Insider

You want to stop Adrian Peterson? Then get in line with the rest of us looking for answers to containing the Vikings' running back. In 2012 -- less than a year removed from tearing up his knee -- Peterson posted 2,097 yards on the ground (eight yards short of the single-season record) while leading the Vikings into the playoffs.

But I've been asked to discuss how you scheme against the NFL's most unstoppable players, which is why I looked at Megatron last week. So, what's the game plan to attacking (or containing) Peterson?

With Peterson, you have to look at every possibility. Let's examine the importance of secondary play, break down some eight-man fronts and look at three techniques that will give opposing defenses a chance to stop the NFL's top player at the running back position.

What makes Peterson unique?

Matt Bowen

Special to ESPN Insider
Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for a number of media outlets.