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Benson or Peterson

I read a comment in another diary about why do so many people love Peterson over Benson and thought it would make a great diary topic.  Here are my reasons.

Peterson is faster.  He runs faster to the whole and  through it and also seems to pick a whole quicker.  Benson spends too much time finding a whole.

Two he runs with more emotion.  He looks passionate when he is picking up touch yards.  That TD run where he stood up 3 defenders and get pushing until the line was able to get there and force him into the end zone was pure will.  I saw that same effort several times this year.

Three he picks up third and 1.  This probably goes  with the emotion, whenever we had 3 and 1 this year I knew we would hand the ball to Benson and I knew we were going to be short.  Once Peterson started running 3 and 1 we started getting about half of them.

Finally, Peterson ran screen plays very well.  He could catch, was dependable in the short passing game, and made a lot of plays when we needed to check down.  I would love to see him get 50% of his yards from short passes.  Westbrook doesn't always get a 100 yards rushing, but he always gets yards and first downs.

Is Peterson the answer at RB?  I doubt it, but I think he is a decent back and could get us by for a year if we needed to.  I would rather see Peterson play with a good line next year than Benson.

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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