Peterson managed to carry the ball a total of 41 times the last two games, but his yards per carry fell to under 4.0 in each game -- something that had only occurred three times this season. This was most noticeable against the Seattle Seahawks when the Vikings lost by 21 points and Peterson's longest carry was 13 yards.
The Vikings' Week 12 game against Green Bay won't allow them to make the playoffs, but does afford Minnesota an opportunity to play spoiler against a struggling Packers team.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have dealt with rumors about Ben Roethlisberger since it was first reported he was unhappy with the offensive play-calling. Since that time, the team has had a winning streak, but rumors have persisted that Pittsburgh will trade its franchise quarterback.
Roethlisberger spoke out on Thursday, announcing he would be willing to rework his deal in order to stay with the team long-term. He carries a high cap figure in 2014, making this offseason in Pittsburgh one to watch.
The Denver Broncos have their second straight Sunday Night Football game, this time against the New England Patriots in another meeting between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. A physical season has worn on both teams, but the Broncos are getting healthy at the right time.
Manning, wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas all practiced on Thursday, setting up a healthy offense for Sunday night.
The yearly selection for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is underway and the list of 25 semifinalists has been released. It's an opportunity for Ray Guy to be the first punter selected into the Hall of Fame, with head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison having the first chance to be elected.