Chiefs Defense's No. 1 Goal on Sunday? Shut Down Adrian Peterson

The goal was to limit Peterson’s impact, and in that, they succeeded

Dontari Poe didn't play due to a high ankle sprain and Mike DeVito left the game early with a concussion, but the Kansas City Chiefs defensive front still managed to shut down the player that Andy Reid said after the game is a "future Hall of Famer." 

For Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the list of accomplishments he'll put on the mantle at the end of his career will rival most players who'll ever put on a NFL uniform.

And when it's all said and done, the games in which Peterson flashed true greatness will be long and plentiful, but Sunday's performance against the Chiefs won't be one of them.

"Our main focus all week was to stop the run," veteran Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey said after the game. "We knew we were going to have to stop the run game to give us a chance."

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They did just that.

Peterson finished the game with 26 carries for just 60 yards, and the 2.3 yards per carry average he finished with is the third-lowest of his career in games that he had at least 15 carries.

The only games he finished with a lower yards per carry average in his 108-game career were against the Green Bay Packers back in 2009 (2.2 ypc), and the New Orleans Saints in 2008 (1.5 ypc).

Individually, Bailey may have also had the best game of his career while the spotlight was on his group because of those key injuries.  

He finished with 8 tackles, 3 of which were for a loss, 1 sack and a forced fumble.

This is the first time in Bailey's career that he has recorded a sack in back-to-back games. Last week vs. the Chicago Bears, he recorded 1.5 sacks.

He now has 4.5 sacks on the season and is just one shy of setting a career best.

Bailey credits the extra work he's been putting in after practice for his continued development.

"I've been working with (assistant defensive line coach) Britt Reid since he got here," Bailey noted. "I work out after practice with him. Just to keep on adding to my game and keep on playing hard."

With the losses of Poe and DeVito along the line, Bailey said it's about the next man stepping up.

"Regardless of who is in, it doesn't matter," he said. "Our goal was to stop the run and I think we did that. But we didn't get it done in the end, that's all that matters."

Despite his great individual performance, Bailey's only worried about the end result for the team, which is about putting wins on the board—something they weren't able to do on Sunday.

"We have to stay positive," Bailey said after the game. "There's no time to get down on ourselves. We will use this and now we just have to stick together.

"The mindset is to always stay positive."

Another positive for the Chiefs on Sunday is the playmaking ability of their first-round pick, cornerback Marcus Peters, once again being put on display for the rest of the NFL to witness.

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With the Chiefs trailing 13-3 early in the fourth quarter, the Vikings had put together consecutive plays of 17, 3 and 12 yards, which put them on the Chiefs side of the field.

Then, on first-and-10 from the 40-yard line, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tossed his second interception of the day.

Peters dropped off his coverage on the outside and stepped in front of a crossing route to intercept his third pass of the season, which currently has him tied for third-most in the NFL.

"I just had eyes on the quarterback," Peters explained of the play after the game. "I had a tight end on me so I wasn't too worried about getting beat deep. I saw that they had a crosser coming and [Bridgewater] was staring him down the whole way.

"I just knew my safety was coming and Eric [Berry] did a wonderful job to get back to over the top of me. I took a chance and just gambled. It worked in my favor."

After the play, Peters ran down the sideline and handed the ball to Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

"We needed to get the ball back in his hands so we could go down there and put some points on the board," Peters said. "That's all that was about."

Reid said after the game that he had been telling Peters that he had another one coming.

"I kept telling him, 'You're going to get one. Somewhere along here you're going to get one,' and he got one.

"That's why he handed it to me."

Photos from the Chiefs week six matchup against the Vikings

Peters explained that his mindset was about changing the momentum.

"It's our job (as a defense) when we're down, when a big play is needed, it just takes somebody to step up," Peters said. "I just had to step up and make a play."

On the Chiefs ensuing offensive drive, quarterback Alex Smith hit receiver Albert Wilson for the 42-yard touchdown strike, which brought them to within a field goal at 13-10 with almost 9 minutes remaining in the game.

While the defense held the Vikings to 128 yards of total offense and just 2 of 7 on third down in the second half, the offense couldn't respond with enough points to keep them from dropping their fifth straight game. "We put ourselves in a position to win the game and we didn't finish it," Reid said.

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