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It must be frustrating as a superstar athlete to be stuck on a bad team. You might put up stellar statistics and dominate every game, but your best efforts are buried as the rest of your team gets run over. That has been Adrian Peterson's life for much of his NFL career, and although he doesn't want to go to another team, he says he would understand if the Vikings decided to trade him for draft picks. It might not be a bad idea for Minnesota. Its 2-7 record means its playoff hopes this season are pretty much nil, and a fresh start could do wonders for both sides.

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Peterson's injury a big deal?

Quarterback carousel aside, another thing appears to be plaguing the Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson's hamstring, which he says has been ailing him for more than a month. The reigning MVP and 2,000-yard rusher doesn't expect to miss time, but he seems to have been slowed by the whole thing (just 511 rushing yards in seven games). Will he bounce back? Is a top ball carrier even that critical in today's NFL?

Adrian Peterson says he has been dealing with a hamstring issue for four or five weeks. How better would the Vikings be right now with a healthy Peterson?

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  • Which is the biggest problem with the Vikings' offense?

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  • How many games will the Vikings (1-6) win this season?

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  • Adrian Peterson is fifth in the NFC in rushing. Where will he finish this season?

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When you've got a good quarterback, you've got a chance to win in the NFL. When you don't, you change starters. Maybe you sign a free agent off the street as insurance. And maybe you take inspiration from Batman and illuminate the night sky with the Brett signal -- as in Brett Favre -- like the Rams reportedly did.

Now, don't expect live reports from Hattiesburg, Miss., as Favre says he's retired. For good. Really. But it makes us wonder how confident the Rams are in backup Kellen Clemens replacing the injured Sam Bradford. The Rams aren't alone in this boat -- not when the Browns are about to trot out their third starting QB of the season and the Vikings are choosing between Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder.


Meet Me In St. Louis?

Brett Favre gained a reputation for wavering on retirement, but he was firm Thursday that his career is over.

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What do you make of the Rams calling Brett Favre to see if he was interested in being their starting quarterback?

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Is that Brett Favre's music?

The Rams reportedly reached out to Favre despite the fact it's been nearly three years since he has played in an NFL game.

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Could Brett Favre (44 years old) still start in the NFL?

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Valhalla I am coming

Matt Cassel, center, quarterbacked the Vikings' only win of the season. But Christian Ponder, right, is set to start if Josh Freeman can't.

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Who should start at QB for the Vikings when all are healthy?

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Opportunity knocks

Jason Campbell was passed over the first time the Browns changed quarterbacks. He'll get his chance Sunday against the Chiefs.

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Who should start for the Browns at quarterback when both are healthy?

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Hard times

Campbell is replacing Brandon Weeden, who has struggled mightily this season in Cleveland.

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How bad is the overall quality of quarterbacks in the NFL right now?

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Josh Freeman's time as the Minnesota Vikings' top quarterback was short-lived, at least in the short term, as Freeman might have a concussion and will miss Sunday's game. This will keep the Vikes' QB carousel turning -- something the Twin Cities should be used to by now. After all, Freeman is the 12th quarterback to start a game for Minnesota in the past 12 seasons. Can you name the other 11?

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Giants earn first win of season

After a quarter, it seemed like the New York Giants might be bound for yet another defeat in this difficult season. But then, well, it finally happened: New York won, 23-7 at the expense of the lowly Minnesota Vikings and debutant quarterback Josh Freeman. New Tom Coughlin's crew is 1-6. What's next for New York?

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  • How much of an impact will Peyton Hillis have as Giants running back this season?

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  • How much does Monday night's performance (20-53, 190 yds, INT) affect your opinion of Josh Freeman?

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