Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Vikings' star running back broke a 74-yard run against the Seahawks on the second play of the game and ran for 182 yards on 17 carries for the game.
"What a terrific player," defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. "All of us hold him in high regard as everyone around the league does.
Peterson isn't on the same pace to eclipse 2,000 yards like he did a season ago with the Vikings and Minnesota isn't having the same team success either. Minnesota is just 2-7 this year and starting QB Christian Ponder is coming off a dislocated left (non-throwing) shoulder suffered last Thursday night against the Washington Redskins.
However, Peterson is still a rare talent as a runner and has the Seahawks' full attention. Peterson leads the league with nine rushing touchdowns and is fourth in rushing yards.
"Gang tackle," S Earl Thomas said of how to slow down Peterson.
"You've got to be on your stuff and we've got to have a tackling plan. This is one of the best backs we're going to face all year. As a competitor you always want to face the best. This is going to be a great opportunity for us."
Richard Sherman Wants To Be Tested:
CB Richard Sherman was featured this week on NBC Sports Network's show Turning Point in taking a look at the film study that Sherman relies on to make plays in games on Sundays.
The full feature is available here:
Sherman had an interesting thought behind what makes the best cornerbacks in the league. Usually, the assumption has been the best corners don't ever get challenged as quarterbacks look away from their side of the field.
Sherman believes the best cornerbacks aren't the ones that are left alone all the time, but the ones that can make interceptions.
"You're not the best corner if no one's throwing to your side," Sherman said. "The best corners get picks. They get picks because they bait quarterbacks into throwing to their side."
Sherman hasn't been targeted much recently. According to STATS, LLC, Sherman has been targeted just once in the last two games against Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis has been considered the best corner in the league the last several seasons and his skill taking away opposing receivers led to the term "Revis Island" being coined to describe his coverage skills.
Sherman doesn't want to be on an island. He's got a different view of how he sees his ability and production.
"I don’t want to be an island, I don’t like that," Sherman said. "I want to be more of a tourist attraction, I want to be the guy where you stop here, I take your money and you go."
Harvin Fully Participates:
WR Percy Harvin was a full participant for the Seattle Seahawks in practice Thursday for the first time since having hip surgery. It's just another signal that Harvin is inching toward making his Seattle debut, quite possibly this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Did Not Participate
TE Kyle Rudolph (foot)
RB Adrian Peterson (groin)
RB Matt Asiata (shoulder)
TE Rhett Ellison (ankle)
DT Fred Evans (knee)
DT Letroy Guion (chest)
WR Greg Jennings (Achilles)
T Charlie Johnson (elbow/toe)
QB Christian Ponder (left shoulder)
CB Chris Cook (hamstring)
FB Jerome Felton (back)
LB Chad Greenway (wrist)
LB Erin Henderson (illness)
T Phil Loadholt (concussion)
S Jamarca Sanford (groin)
Did Not Participate
CB Brandon Browner (groin)
DT Tony McDaniel (hamstring)
CB Jeremy Lane (thigh)
DE Red Bryant (concussion)
S Kam Chancellor (hip)
DE Chris Clemons (non-injury)
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
LB Heath Farwell (knee)
T Breno Giacomini (knee)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
LB Bruce Irvin (shoulder)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
CB Richard Sherman (hip)
C Max Unger (concussion)