Gridiron Gab Week Two Preview: Minnesota at Indianapolis

Andrew Luck found out what playing in the NFL was all about last week against the Bears, as he and the Colts were harassed by the Bears, eventually losing in the Windy City 41-21.

The first overall pick was impressive in spots, throwing for 309 yards and a TD, but did give the ball away three times on picks to Chicago.

This week he and Colts are at home for the Vikings, who won in OT in their opener, beating the Jaguars at home in an impressive comeback for running back Adrian Peterson 26-23.

Peterson ran for 84 yards and two scores in the win, and the Vikings will once again use him a lot as he and the team tries to control the clock at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In the win, Peterson ended up touching it 18 times with 17 carries for 84 yards (4.9) and two touchdowns. Asked if he got more carries than he expected, Peterson said he actually expected more.

Coach Leslie Frazier went into the game wanting to limit Peterson’s touches to 15, but scrapped that idea when it was obvious that Peterson was 100 percent in his first live action since the injury.

Peterson will lobby for more carries, as he often does.

“I understand from their perspective, how they’re looking at it,” Peterson said. “But from my perspective, I knew I was ready to play.”

The Vikings will look to make it a long day for Luck, as the Colts were having a lot of issues with the Chicago pass rush in the loss.

The Colts went into last week’s game at Chicago without offensive guard Joe Reitz, who has been nursing a sore knee. Right tackle Winston Justice left the game with a concussion. The absences of Reitz and Justice left an already iffy roster area in a tough position.

On Tuesday, the Colts signed rookie offensive tackle Bradley Sowell to their 53-man roster from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad.

Look for the Vikings to put the heat on Luck, Peterson to have a good day on the ground again, and for the surprising Vikings to get to 2-0 with a hard fought win in Indy.

Minnesota 21 Indianapolis 16

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