EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFC with 498 rushing yards, watched ESPN's Monday Night Football game with interest, especially with Detroit's Jahvid Best having a career night.
"Of course you get excited, when you see the team you're playing get gashed," Peterson said today at the Minnesota Vikings' headquarters. "But, then again, in reality, maybe those opportunities won't be there. Maybe they will."
He's obviously hoping for the latter.
Peterson, though, has tremendous respect for the Bears defense.
"Those guys like to try and create turnovers, by trying to punch the ball out. They've been doing that for years," he said. "They're an aggressive defense; they swarm to the ball.
"It's pretty much the same defense, the same faces."
Except the Bears defense is struggling, ranked 29th in the NFL.
"You notice some holes, and you look forward to try and take advantage of those. But that was last week," Peterson said. "One thing I've learned: you can't get caught up in, 'Well, the Bears are 28th ranked run defense.' Kansas City was [28th], and I only had  yards.' So you can't get caught up in that, at all."