Falcons won't face Adrian Peterson

The Atlanta Falcons got some good news Saturday morning.

The Minnesota Vikings went ahead and officially said running back Adrian Peterson will be out for Sunday’s game at the Georgia Dome. On Friday, the Vikings had listed Peterson as doubtful with an ankle sprain.

With Peterson officially out and Atlanta’s run defense playing well, it’s likely the Vikings will turn mostly to rookie quarterback Christian Ponder and the passing game.

Atlanta’s pass rush hasn’t been very prolific this season. But this may be one game where the Falcons get more aggressive with their blitz packages to try to force the rookie into mistakes.