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“It’s just defenses making better plays than us. I know when you guys watch the game it may not seem like a big deal, but it is something we see when we watch film,” Kalil said. “If one person maintains their block a little longer and if we make a better play there, we’re out and making a big gain. It’s just the little things we’ve got to fix.”

Peterson actually has more yards rushing (511) now than he did after the first six games last season (499), when he galloped through the second half to surpass the 2,000 mark and win the NFL MVP award. But he has a long way to go to catch up to that pace.

Lately, he’s had some soreness tightness in his right hamstring, though he returned to full participation in practice on Thursday. He said that hasn’t been a factor in his unusually quiet performances this month.

“I feel like it was more in my mind. It’s strange to say that, but I think I was kind of holding myself back, not being able to stretch out and really run,” Peterson said. “I think I was kind of hindering myself. Now that I’m able to be more relaxed and got a clearer mind, I think I’ll be able to go out there and roll full speed.”


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