It wasn’t Adrian Peterson that dazzled a Pro Bowl crowd last night. Instead, it was tight end Kyle Rudolph who was only there as an alternate selection.
Rudolph took home the Pro Bowl MVP award after catching five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
There is no denying that, despite the league’s best players being present for the contest, the level of competition at the Pro Bowl is never quite the same as in a meaningful NFL game. Still, I couldn’t help watching Rudolph create mismatches by running seam routes and wonder why he isn’t used in that capacity more often within Bill Musgrave’s offense. I know I beat that dead horse multiple times during the 2012 season, but I just couldn’t help but feel reminded one final time by Rudolph’s dominant performance on Sunday.
Rudolph wasn’t the only Vikings to see action in the exhibition game. Adrian Peterson carried the ball five times for only 13 yards, but most notably botched an exchange with Drew Brees on the first play of the game, which was recovered by the AFC.
Peterson’s lead blocker Jerome Felton somehow managed to have a better game than Peterson which, of course, could really only happen in Hawaii. Felton carried the ball four times for 18 yards, including a three yard touchdown.
Alternate Matt Kalil saw time at both right and left tackle, giving up a sack to Cameron Wake at one point, but otherwise playing a solid game.
Blair Walsh continued to show his ability to put points on the scoreboard with eight extra points made and by hitting field goals from 26 and 48 yards out.
On defense, Jared Allen managed one tackle and Chad Greenway had two. Greenway also recovered a fumble.
Most importantly, the Vikings escaped the faux football game without any injuries which is an even bigger victory than the 62-35 whooping that the NFC put on the AFC.