Watt-Peterson a rare but great matchup

Watt-Peterson a rare but great matchup
December 20, 2012, 3:00 pm
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It's rare to see seasons like J.J. Watt and Adrian Peterson are having.

It's even more exciting to know that they are going to face off Sunday and for one of the few times in football, where two great players, having unbelievable seasons, will directly impact one another in a game.

Usually a key matchup will be Tom Brady vs Payton Manning, but Manning and Brady don't line up against one another. Watt and Peterson most certainly will. It isn't very often that a defensive player is having a season worthy of MVP talk going against the front runner, no pun intended, for the MVP.

“I can’t recall two that are so close to breaking records that are about to face one another," Viking head coach Leslie Frazier said. "I’m sure it may have happened before, but J.J. is on the verge of breaking a record that seemed out of reach for a long time, and now Adrian is on the verge of breaking a record that seemed out of reach.

"It’s great for the game, as you mentioned. But the most important thing for me and everybody in our organization is to figure out a way to win this game, and I’m sure that means finding a way to block J.J. Watt.”

Peterson, who has 1,812-yards, is 294 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record. He's well aware of Watt and the trouble Watt can cause for his chances of breaking the record.

“I don’t know how to describe this guy," Peterson said. "He’s unbelievable to watch on tape. It’s like watching, how do they scheme this guy? What kind of schemes do they use? There’s no schemes; you line that guy up and he’s dominating who’s in front of him. Pretty much that’s what I see when I watch this guy play. He’s an amazing athlete, amazing player. He’s definitely a football player. God created him to play this game. I’m just pumped. I love playing against the best. I can definitely say I will have the opportunity this weekend.”

Watt has 19.5 sacks and needs three and a half sacks to break Michael Strahan's single season sack record. Watt was also just named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this year.

“I think I obviously appreciate the compliment and I’m looking forward to playing against him," Watt responded. "He’s a great football player. You always want to go against the best of the best. You always want to prove yourself against the best of the best. Anytime you have a chance to go up against somebody who’s doing historic things like he might do this year, you look forward to that opportunity and you cherish it.”

In terms of breaking Strahan's sack record, Watt had this to say:

"My goal has been to have one of the greatest seasons of all-time so that’s something that I could do to help reach that goal, but number one, first and foremost, my goal is always to win a Super Bowl no matter what.”

This should be a showdown between two players that are often called inhuman. It should be a great show for anyone who loves football and also for anyone who loves to see a person perform their craft at a level that is so near perfect it's scary.

“I imagine they’re pretty happy about it," Watt said about the NFL excitement over his matchup with Peterson. "It’s going to be a great matchup. Our two teams are good football teams. Obviously, we’re excited our last home game here and want to put on a good show for our fans.”