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Brian Robison pressuring Vikings teammates, opposing QBs

Brian Robison's teammates have found something in common with opposing quarterbacks this season.

Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune writes about Robison's stealthy navigation through the locker room at Winter Park for a weekly video feature called "96 Questions with Brian Robison" in which the veteran defensive end peppers teammates with questions.

Vensel described some Vikings as having "a deer-in-the-headlights stare" when Robison comes calling with microphone and camera.

*So what are the guys thinking when they see Robison closing in on them? *

"Run," kicker Blair Walsh told Vensel. "He's too funny, and he's always got some kind of quick-witted response for you. So run."

Vensel noted that Robison has been more successful in applying pressure to QBs than last year:

*After a down year in 2014, his first season under coach Mike Zimmer, Robison is back to being a difference-maker for a Vikings defense that has been one of the league's best so far this season. He has defended the run better, and he has spent a lot more time around the quarterback, even if it isn't reflected in his sack total. *

*Robison has been credited with only one sack in five games, but he has pressured the passer on 20 other plays this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Only six defensive ends playing in 4-3 schemes have flustered quarterbacks more often. *

Robison told Vensel he's refined his path to quarterbacks, shortening the distance he has to travel.

"A lot of times I was just running too far up the field," Robison said. "That's been the biggest deal this year, having the proper angle where it allows me to get in the backfield or in the quarterback's face a little bit quicker."

Trying to stop showstoppers Peterson & Johnson?

Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson, the seventh and second overall picks, respectively, of the 2007 NFL Draft will be on the field yet again for another hot matchup.

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press wrote, "Opponents seem to have a better chance to slow down Peterson and Johnson, when they make it a priority."

*The Lions on Sunday figure to do as the Chiefs did and load up on Peterson, who had 134 yards on 29 carries in a 26-16 win over Detroit last month at TCF Stadium. *

*The Vikings will try to stop Johnson from beating them deep. They had success with that last month, when Johnson caught 10 passes for 83 yards while being targeted 17 times. *

"We have to play good in order to contain him," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "I don't know that you ever shut him down, but you try your best to contain him."

Johnson has had big games against Minnesota, most notably catching 12 passes for 207 yards at the Metrodome in 2012. In that same game, Peterson carried 27 times for 171 yards.

That was the best duel* *the two have had. It remains to be seen how many more are left between them

Driving through division

After 60 yards on 26 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs, Ben Goessling wrote Peterson "might have no better way to boost his production than back-to-back games against two of the teams he sees the most."

*Few players in the NFL have dominated their division opponents the way Peterson has against the Bears, Lions and Packers. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Peterson's 113.7 yards per game in NFC North contests are the most by any running back since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.


Goessling noted that Peterson's average is nine yards higher than Lions Hall of Famer Barry Sanders.

And as the Vikings head to Detroit to face the Lions' 26th-ranked run defense this weekend, Peterson will play in Ford Field for the first time since he kicked off the 2013 season with a 78-yard touchdown run on the Vikings' first play.

On the Fifty tribute

Eric Woodyard of reported that Vikings Hall of Famer Paul Krause is scheduled to return to Bendle High School (Michigan) tonight to present his alma mater with a commemorative [golden football]( mlivesports ( Sports)) from the NFL that recognizes Krause's participation in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX and XI.

More than 2,000 high schools are receiving the balls this year in recognition of nearly 3,000 players and head coaches who have participated in a Super Bowl. Matt Birk presented his to Cretin-Derham Hall last month. Krause will be recognized at halftime.

Quick Hitters

Jason Gonzalez of the Star Tribune on the "play of the week" — a 30-yard completion from Teddy Bridgewater to Stefon Diggs to convert third-and-15.

Fox Sports North takes a look at six points* *(three to help the Vikings; three to help the Lions) in Sunday's game.

Jason Reid of on the Vikings finding Stefon Diggs in the fifth round.

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