showed on that first drive ... what he can do, and we made some adjustments and got more guys to the football that helped us out a lot.
"But he's a talented football player, and I would say he lived up to his hype today.”
The Cowboys fortified the flanks, refusing to let Peterson bounce outside, which is where Peterson wounded the Bears. Dallas could commit more defenders to the run because of the total lack of a pass threat.
"That's what we're going to see week in and week out,” Jackson said. "Dare me to throw the football.”
As long as this is the kind of passing attack Childress is going to trot out in support of Peterson, he's better off platooning with Taylor. For one thing, Taylor's not half bad, rushing for 47 yards on 10 carries against the Cowboys. For another, Peterson will just get beat up trying to run against stone walls unscared by Jackson.
"Being a running back, you always want the ball more,” Peterson said. "But having a guy like Chester Taylor that can run the rock, like I said, having two horses is better than one.”
That's a good attitude, and it's good strategy for Childress. The 2007 Vikes aren't going anywhere anyway, not with Jackson quarterbacking. So why not save some of the wear and tear on Peterson. A tailback has only so many miles before the engine blows; no reason to run Peterson into the ground with this team.
Besides, Peterson's not a finished product anyway. His fourth-quarter fumble — Dallas end Jason Hatcher poked the ball out from behind — effectively ended this game, setting up a field goal that put the Vikings 10 points behind.
Peterson never touched the ball again. A bummer way to end his first pro game back in his home state.
"I'd like to have that play back,” Peterson said.
There will be other Sundays. And maybe some of them will include a quarterback better than Tarvaris Jackson.