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Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings will look to move to 2-0 on the season. (Photo: REUTERS / Mike Blake)
Andrew Luck will try once again to earn the first win of his NFL career on Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts take on the Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on FOX in certain markets, and you can also watch a live stream online for free here.
Colts fans see Luck as the team's savoir after a disastrous 2011 season. But the top pick in the 2012 draft actually looked like a rookie last week, throwing three interceptions in a 20-point loss to the Chicago Bears.
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Still, there are reasons for Colts fans to be optimistic. Luck did throw for over 300 yards against a notoriously strong defense. Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne looked like the Reggie Wayne of old with nine catches for 135 yards. Plus, Luck's former Stanford teammate Coby Fleener averaged over 13 yards a catch.
The defense still struggled, however. The unit allowed 41 points and over 400 yards to a Chicago Bears offense that had just 168 yards and four turnovers this past Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.
The Colts also could not take advantage of a shaky Bears offensive line that allowed seven sacks on Thursday night. Indianapolis had just two sacks against Chicago on Sunday, both from defensive end Robert Mathis. The pass rush will be further hurt this weekend by the absence of Dwight Freeney, the Colts' other star defensive end. Freeney, who has 42.5 sacks over the last four seasons, suffered a high ankle sprain in the season opener and may be out several weeks.
The Vikings, meanwhile, have a star pass rusher of their own in defensive end Jared Allen. But Allen had zero tackles and zero sacks last week against a Jacksonville Jaguars line that finished 25th in the league in sacks allowed last season. He will hope to rebound this week against a Colts line that gave up three sacks and six quarterback hits last week.
Minnesota is also led by a young quarterback, second-year man Christian Ponder. Ponder started 10 games in his rookie year and finished with 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He did look impressive last week , however, completing over 70 percent of his passes and leading his team down the field for both the game-tying and game-winning points.
While Ponder's impressive debut was a welcome sight for Vikings fans, they were likely more excited to see the return of running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson tore his anterior cruciate ligament last December, and some wondered if he would even make it back in time for the 2012 season opener.
Peterson not only played last week, but he looked at times like he had never been injured. The running back averaged nearly five yards per carry and scored two touchdowns.
In games between two rebuilding teams, the best player on the field often makes all the difference. Thus, look for the Vikings and their All-Pro running back to come away with the victory.