Here's a prediction: By kickoff Sunday afternoon, you're going to be very tired of hearing about Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.
The NFL's leading rusher this season, with 1,760 yards on 363 attempts, is the focus of talk about the Eagles' wild card opponents. Part of it is that Peterson really is a great, great player. Part of it is that the Vikings lack a true marquee quarterback or wide receiver, not to deprecate the merits of either Tavaris Jackson or Bernard Berrian.
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson Thursday called Peterson "one of the best I've ever seen ... a natural runner" who has "that Gale Sayers type of feel about the game."
The Birds had two really awful games against the run early this season, the 203 yards on 44 carries they gave up to the Redskins Oct. 5 and the 219 on 45 to the Giants Nov. 9. After that Giants game, the Eagles ranked 14th in the NFL against the rush. They finished the season ranked fourth. That's a pretty strong last six weeks, and most notably, the Redskins and the Giants were included in that string. So, as good as Peterson is, if the Vikings really need him to run for 150 yards or something to beat the Eagles, you don't have to be wearing green-tinted glasses to say that seems unlikely.