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Vikings Peterson, Packers Rodgers Create Extra Prep Work

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —Hours of prep work go into preparing for each NFL team each week.

Game film is studied in depth for strengths, possible weaknesses, tendencies and potential tells.

A player's talent level and potential threat can require more preparation.

It's possible that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the most prepared-for-by-an-opponent at his position in the game. It was clear in Week 1 that the Titans placed substantial emphasis on stopping the three-time rushing champ, seven-time Pro Bowler and 2012 NFL MVP.

"Well, probably. I mean, I think it depends, yeah, I would say so," Mike Zimmer said during a session with beat writers on Thursday.

How about Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the five-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFL MVP?

"I would say so," Zimmer said, before cracking a small laugh from beneath his stubble on a day with no on-camera appearances.

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"A great running back like Adrian Peterson, it's going to take 11 men getting to the football," Packers safety Morgan Burnett said. "You can't hang your hat [on recent success] because he's the type of back that can bust out with a big gain at any time. He's one of the greatest to play the game. 

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"Even when you think he's wrapped up, you've still got to bring extra help to make sure you secure the tackle," Burnett added.

Last week, Tennessee supplemented a strong defensive front by often placing 10 defenders in the box and charging hard. It worked to limit Peterson to 31 yards on 19 carries, but Shaun Hill was able to complete several mid-range passes to help the Vikings sustain drives in the second half.

"I think the Titans are really stout, very good upfront on defense. I think they loaded up on us, in terms of getting extra guys up there," Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner said. "They knew we wanted to run the ball. We were going to try to be stubborn with the ball, and then on a number of runs, we had one place where we had a breakdown. And with the style we were running in that game, one guy gets beat, and we're in pretty tight quarters; there's not a lot of room to run."

Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner said the Vikings will try to create "better looks" for Peterson against the Packers.

"When there was a place to run the ball, Adrian found it, and on a couple of those runs where he squirted out, he had a 9-yard run, he had a 7-yard run," Turner said. "He had a couple plays where there was an opportunity, and he didn't hit the hole. And that's going to happen, and I think my experience with Adrian now is that each week he gets more comfortable with what we're doing."

Zimmer was asked if he thought defensives will loosen their commitment to stopping Peterson if they see a previous opponent get burned by the passing game.

"It could be one quarter. It depends on each play call," Zimmer said. "Some guys say, 'To hell with it, I'm going to give up the shots' and some guys say, 'Well, OK, they hit a couple of them, but I'm going to stay with what the plan is.' "

Collinsworth: O-line play a key for Vikings

NBC *Sunday Night Football *analyst Cris Collinsworth spoke with's Mike Wobschall on Friday to preview Minnesota's home-opener against Green Bay.

With Zimmer saying both quarterbacks are **ready to play** the Packers, Wobschall asked Collinsworth about the position group that can best help either quarterback. The former receiver pointed to the offensive line.

There's no question, you're going to get so many looks out of [Packers Defensive Coordinator] Dom Capers," Collinsworth said. "This is a team capable of putting pressure on a quarterback — I think nine sacks in the two games last season."

Matthews moved back

The Packers have moved Clay Matthews back to outside linebacker in their base defense after he slid inside for Green Bay last season. Turner said Matthews is continuing to line up in multiple spots and he expects a variety of challenges.

"He's just an outstanding pass rusher, and he's got all … He's not a one-trick pony," Turner said. "He's got a lot of different ways to work a tackle, and he takes advantage of those things, and then he does a good job of looking at a player doesn't do well or what a player's weakness is, and then he attacks it. They've got a good front, and they're a very good pass-rush team."

Unique perspective

Packers tight end Jared Cook is the only player in Sunday's matchup who has game stats with Hill and Sam Bradford, who was acquired by Minnesota in a trade earlier this month. Cook teamed with Bradford for the Rams from 2013-14. Hill backed up Bradford in 2014.

Bradford completed 159 of 262 passes (60.7 percent) for 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and threw four interceptions for a rating of 90.9 in seven games in 2013.

When targeting Cook, he was 25-of-43 passing (58.1 percent) for 334 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a rating of 88.7.Hill completed 145 of 229 passes (63.3 percent) for 1,657 yards, eight touchdowns and threw seven interceptions for a rating of 83.9 in eight games in 2014.

When targeting Cook, Hill was 22-of-44 (50 percent) for 211 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a rating of 69.4.

Cook told members of the media who cover the Packers this week that he has "no idea what to expect just because he's new there."

"It's a new offense that he's being a part of, so you never know what you're going to get," Cook added. "Sam does bring a different element to the game over Shaun, a little bit more velocity on the ball, a little more power behind it. Both of them are smart QBs, so the defense has to be prepared."

Injury reports

For the Vikings: Xavier Rhodes (knee), MyCole Pruitt (knee) and Sharrif Floyd (knee) did not participate and have been ruled out. Matt Kalil (hip) was limited and is listed as questionable.

For the Packers: Josh Hawkins (hamstring) has been ruled out. Chris Banjo (hamstring), Jayrone Elliott (hamstring) and Sam Shields (concussion) are listed as doubtful. Trevor Davis (shoulder) is questionable.

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