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After Further Review: Speed and Strength? All Day

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Adrian Peterson's final carry Sunday was also the fastest by any player in the NFL in Week 10.

Peterson cut to the edge around a wall formed by tight ends Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison and MyCole Pruitt. He broke through an arm tackle and mashed the gas.

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks used NextGen stats to illustrate that Peterson topped out at 21.17 miles per hour to break away from defenders on the back breaker that gave Minnesota a 30-14 lead with 1:50 remaining in the game.

When the coast was clear, Peterson put it on cruise control the rest of the way, but not before reaching a speed that was faster than players five, six, seven and eight years younger did in games across the league.

Brooks broke down other runs by Peterson in the fourth quarter to illustrate what he called a "classic example of a runner getting stronger as the game goes on."

It was a thrilling finish, but the Vikings began putting away the game with a series of rushes at the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters.

After a gain of 6 by Peterson on second-and-10, Teddy Bridgewater scrambled for 18 yards and a new set of downs, which was helpful to the Vikings controlling the clock in the fourth quarter by keeping the ball a total of 10:01.

Minnesota opened the fourth quarter with three runs that show the variety of methods in Peterson's arsenal, as well as good blocking at the line and down the field for gains of 13, 8 and 15. Here's a look at those three runs. 


1) Q4, 15:00 left, First-and-10 at the MIN 43: The Vikings opt to go with a toss to the left to give Peterson a head start toward the line of scrimmage. Ellison takes on DE Benson Mayowa at the left edge as center Joe Berger gets beyond the line of scrimmage to slow down linebacker Malcolm Smith enough to let Peterson clear the corner. Brooks noted that Peterson reached 19.04 mph on this play. Peterson also picks up blocks from receivers Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright to allow him to remain untouched on the play. 


2) Q4, 14:34 left, First-and-10 at the OAK 44: This time, it's a handoff up the middle, on which Berger snaps and finds Smith again, 3 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Peterson proceeds through a hole created by guards Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris after a nifty hop step to align himself. Kyle Rudolph gets down field to find safety Nate Allen at the 40, until the other safety, Charles Woodson, can come upfield and make contact with Peterson.


3) Q4, 13:50 left, Second-and-2 at the OAK 36: After lining fullback Zach Line out wide, they motion him back to the fullback spot. He creates a seal on Khalil Mack, allowing Peterson to pick up steam. The running back shows a quick cut and zips through. This time, the Vikings brought right tackle T.J. Clemmings downfield and across to take Smith out of the play.

The Vikings finished off their third straight road victory and fifth overall with a combination of speed and strength from Peterson and blocking by teammates.

Peterson has been nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week Award for a second straight week. Votes can be tallied in his favor at **** until 2 p.m. (CT) Thursday.

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