The only ones getting wet these days are the teams that choose to challenge him. On the eve of Sunday's game against the visiting Cowboys, Peterson had dinner with Dallas safety Danny McCray, a former LSU teammate. "We are not kicking the ball to you," McCray promised him.
The Cowboys didn't, though that couldn't keep them from losing 19--13 to Arizona (5--7) in overtime. Thanks to the directional punting of Matt McBriar and solid field position that allowed the Dallas punter to place four of his five kicks inside the 20, Peterson was limited to one yard on one return.
"I've just got to be patient," says Peterson. "Somebody is going to try me, and when they do, I've just got to make a play."
Peterson believes that chance will come on Sunday against the visiting 49ers (10--2), who have clinched the NFC West. He lost a fumble and gained only 22 yards on two returns in a 23--7 loss at San Francisco on Nov. 20. "I can guarantee you, they will kick it to me," he says. "They don't like us, and they felt they had pretty good coverage in that game. I'll get a chance, and I'll make the most of it, I promise you that."
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