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Injuries Make Peterson Challenge Even Tougher

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The Packers' run defense ranks third in the league but that unit hasn't faced this kind of challenge. Making matters more difficult will be the Packers using a pair of rookies at outside linebacker due to injuries. Their play will be key to preventing a replay of Peterson's big-play barrage.

Ready or not, here comes Adrian Peterson. The Green Bay Packers' third-ranked run defense has made mincemeat out of the likes of Reggie Bush, Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce and Willis McGahee over the past three weeks. Peterson, however, is in a league of his own. Even in a down year – if a seventh-ranked 511 rushing yards and 4.4 yards per carry is a down year – no running back in the league can... Recommended Stories

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