Of course, given the passing struggles, one could assume the ground game would suffer considering the Giants would load the box against Adrian Peterson. And that’s exactly what happened, though, Peterson didn’t exactly look like himself and now we might know why.
Peterson recently said that he was worried about creating further damage to his ailing hamstring and it’s made him hesitant in regards to running the ball:
Adrian Peterson said his hamstring injury has made him hesitant running the ball. Said it was more mental than physical
Sensing further damage could result by Peterson pushing himself, the franchise running back tried to play a reduced style of game, which didn’t exactly work out so well.
Peterson didn’t inform the coaching staff of his issue until recently, though, suggests that he is feeling better right now.
Hopefully that leads to a return to form for both Peterson and the struggling Vikings.