More specifically, Peterson felt that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll got the best of Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. Minnesota managed only 125 yards on offense, and Peterson received just eight carries.
After the game Peterson -- who had proclaimed his high regard for second-year Vikings coach Mike Zimmer in my feature on “NFL GameDay Morning” -- was frustrated enough to tell reporters, “(The Seahawks) were just the better team. They were more aggressive, more physical, and they outcoached us as well.” Asked to elaborate on the outcoaching part, Peterson said, “In so many different areas.”
Peterson received 29 carries the following week in a win against the Falcons, before seeing his role in the offense shrink once again on Sunday.
The Vikings fell behind 21–0 at halftime, and 35–7 after three quarters.
They meet the Cardinals on Thursday at 8:25 p.m. ET.
- Kenny Ducey