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Vikings' Peterson looks forward to 'home' game in Dallas

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings, Packers, Vikings offense, Adrian Peterson Updated: October 31, 2013 - 1:36 PM

Adrian Peterson will return to the Lone Star State this weekend when the Vikings face the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. But Peterson won’t have as many family members as the last time he played in the Lone Star State.

Peterson requested 62 tickets to the game, fewer than the amount he had last year against the Texans in Houston. That was his first game in Texas since his rookie year in 2007, when the Vikings played the Cowboys.

“That’s why it’s 62 now,” Peterson joked. “Everybody is not going to be able to make this trip. But it’s still a lot, and it’s going to be fun.”

He doesn’t have plans to make a stop in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, about two hours southeast of Dallas, and will treat this game like a business trip.

He grew up a Cowboys fan. He knows some of his family members will root for "America’s Team."

“It is what it is; I don’t really get into it that much,” Peterson said. “Some of them, I’m sure they’re going to root for me as well, but if the Cowboys win, that’s what they’re going to be hoping for.”

Peterson had 12 carries for 63 yards in his previous game in Dallas on Oct. 21, 2007.

That type of production has been seen this season as well. Peterson averaged 12 rushes for 50 yards over the past three games, all losses, with only one touchdown.

“I think the last three games, 13 carries, I don’t think that’s ever happened in my career,” Peterson said. “So we’ll put the emphasis on the run and not to get frustrated. I’m not worried about yards, I’m worried about us and getting a win.”

Peterson said he feels comfortable with his hamstring despite some tightness. He used a heat pad on the sideline for the first time to help loosen the hamstring Sunday against the Packers, and Peterson will have the same routine against the Cowboys.

”Once I get warmed up and get going, that’s going to be the most important thing,” Peterson said. “Last week, stretching it a lot, putting some heat on there and getting past that warm-up stage and loosen the muscle up and I was able to do that last week and it felt good.”



New England 5:30 PM
Miami 63 4th Qtr 10:43
Boston 59
LA Lakers 32 2nd Qtr 5:29
New York 37
Arizona 1 3rd Prd
Montreal 2
St. Louis 3 3rd Prd
Washington 2
Nashville 2 2nd Prd
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 2:00 PM
Miami-Florida 54 FINAL
Florida State 55
Oakland 96 FINAL
Youngstown St 80
Cincinnati 46 2nd Half 1:18
East Carolina 46
Michigan 61 2nd Half 3:05
Michigan State 59
Marist 41 2nd Half
Canisius 35
Fordham 30 1st Half 0:30
Dayton 47
Manhattan 40 1st Half 1:19
Monmouth 22
Quinnipiac 39 1st Half 0:02
Niagara 41
Utah 9 1st Half 14:05
Connecticut 2:00 PM
California 2:00 PM
North Dakota St 2:00 PM
Western Ill
Penn State 65 FINAL
(22) Rutgers 76
Drexel 61 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 44
(14) Texas 54 2nd Half 2:26
TCU 57
Coll of Charleston 47 2nd Half 0:36
Towson 69
Cornell 48 2nd Half 1:41
Yale 52
Xavier 66 2nd Half 0:40
Providence 57
Stony Brook 59 2nd Half 0:12
New Hampshire 52
Maine 49 2nd Half 0:21
Albany 44
Miami-Florida 66 2nd Half 1:04
Pittsburgh 79
(21) Georgia 62 2nd Half 7:17
(10) Kentucky 60
Arizona 69 2nd Half 0:15
Colorado 78
Wake Forest 61 2nd Half 1:55
(4) Notre Dame 91
Loyola-Chicago 48 2nd Half 3:39
Illinois State 63
(24) Oklahoma 16 1st Half 2;31
West Virginia 25
St Johns 24 1st Half 1:14
Seton Hall 37
Delaware 37 2nd Half
Hofstra 30
Binghamton 18 2nd Half
UMass Lowell 33
Vermont 24 1st Half 0:58
Hartford 24
William & Mary 24 2nd Half
Northeastern 23
Boston College 34 1st Half 1:11
(16) North Carolina 32
Virginia 47 2nd Half
Clemson 32
(2) Connecticut 48 2nd Half
Temple 30
Arkansas 24 2nd Half
Alabama 16
Virginia Tech 37 2nd Half
Georgia Tech 39
Kansas 28 2nd Half
(3) Baylor 32
Canisius 23 2nd Half
Rider 25
Monmouth 17 2nd Half
Fairfield 26
Quinnipiac 33 1st Half 1:02
Saint Peters 29
Butler 29 2nd Half
Creighton 26
Wichita State 27 1st Half 0:43
Drake 28
Evansville 23 2nd Half
Indiana State 25
(18) Miss State 2:00 PM
(6) Tennessee
Villanova 2:00 PM
Georgetown 2:00 PM
North Texas 2:00 PM
Auburn 2:00 PM
(12) Texas A&M
(11) Arizona State 2:00 PM
Missouri State 2:00 PM
Northern Iowa
Michigan 2:00 PM
(15) Nebraska
Minnesota 2:00 PM
Wisconsin 2:00 PM
Bradley 2:05 PM
Southern Ill
Florida 3:00 PM
(20) Iowa 3:00 PM
(5) Maryland
(1) South Carolina 3:30 PM
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