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December 18th Winner: Samson151

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Peterson is clearly the bigger threat -- the speed's the thing -- but he wouldn't be as effective in an offense like Atlanta's, which favors a bull rusher like Turner. When Atlanta goes downfield, they do it through the air. That threat frees up lanes for Turner --lanes that otherwise might not be available.

Likewise, Turner couldn't carry the burden Peterson does in Minnesota. He's not a home run back. His presence in the backfield doesn't force the defense into contortions just to keep him from getting outside. It's Peterson's ability to break the big one that helps limit the pass rush, giving the Vike QB an extra half-second to find a receiver.

Still, these are slight differences between terrific players. Nod to Peterson.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 18, 2008 11:09 AM

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