CHICAGO – Adrian Peterson rushed for 100 yards Sunday, but the reigning NFL MVP said he needs to do some “soul-searching” after falling short of his lofty standards in the Vikings’ 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Peterson finished with 100 yards on 26 carries with no touchdowns. He fumbled once. His 3.8-yard average included a 36-yard run.
Peterson described himself as “hesitant” and said he didn’t attack the defense like he normally does.
“I can’t do that,” he said. “I need to come and press these guys. I need to force those guys to tackle me. I have to do a lot of soul-searching and come back better than I was.”
Peterson fumbled on the Vikings’ first possession of the second half near midfield. Bears nose tackle Nate Collins knocked the ball loose and Corey Wootton recovered it.
“I tried to scratch for extra yards and got loose with the ball,” Peterson said. “That was a giveaway from my point of view. I can’t do that.”
Cordarrelle Patterson showed off his big-play capability by returning the opening kickoff 105 yards. That tied Percy Harvin’s team record, set last year in Detroit, for longest kickoff return.
The Vikings blocked Patterson’s return perfectly and he did the rest.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” he said. “I saw a big hole. There’s no way I could have missed it. I ran right through it and touchdown.”
Bears star returner Devin Hester answered Patterson’s return with a 76-yard return. Hester set a franchise record with 249 yards on five kickoff returns in the game.
“I was coming into the game and thinking about him” Patterson said. “Every time he touched the ball it motivated me to get a good drive.”
Williams sets records
Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams returned after a one-game absence because of a right knee injury. He made his 157th start, tying Alan Page’s team record for career starts by a defensive tackle.
Williams intercepted a Jay Cutler pass in the end zone in the second quarter on a ball that was tipped at the line by Everson Griffen. It was Williams’ fifth career interception and his first since 2007 against San Francisco. His five interceptions are a team record for defensive linemen.
Williams missed only his third game in 11 seasons because of injury last week. He said his knee was not a hindrance Sunday.
“I did fine,” he said. “I tweaked it at the end. Other than that, it’s fine.”