A Look into the Rabbit Hole: Janoris Jenkins vs. Adrian Peterson

Janoris Jenkins and Adrian Peterson
Janoris Jenkins and Adrian Peterson

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Janoris Jenkins is playing great football. Over the last three weeks, Jenkins has come into his own as a play maker on the defensive side of the ball. It’s no coincidence that the St. Louis Rams defense has been superb over the last few weeks, shutting down the Cardinals, 49ers, and Bills.

Week 15, Jenkins and the Rams are matched up against a depleted Minnesota Vikings receiving corps. The Vikings best receiving threat is Percy Harvin and he is out for the season with an injury. This leaves wide receiver Michael Jenkins as the Vikings best wide receiver. Compared the receivers Janoris has had to match up against this season, Michael Jenkins does not have the same pedigree.

Despite not being a household name, Michael Jenkins has shown an ability to use his 6’4 frame to his advantage. On the season, Michael Jenkins has 34 catches for 360 yards and one touchdown. Week 14 against the Bears, Jenkins had four catches for 36 yards.

The biggest challenge in matching up against Michael Jenkins for Janoris may not be pass catching related.  At 6’4 and 215 pounds, Michael Jenkins is a strong receiver who is good at run blocking. Therefore, the real challenge will be containing running back Adrian Peterson.

The Vikings don’t even seem interested in passing the ball these days. Quarterback Christian Ponder threw just 17 passes for 91 yards last week, while Peterson shouldered the offensive load. The scary part is Peterson is so good that even without the threat of a passing game, Peterson can still run over defenses. Janoris Jenkins and the Rams secondary will have to help out in run protection and attempt to stop Peterson from breaking off big gains. This is easier said than done. Jenkins will be facing a different challenge than he is used to Sunday. The question is, can Janoris help contain Adrian Peterson and the Vikings rushing attack?

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