It didn’t take long for Adrian Peterson to make up for a disappointing Week 1. The Vikings star running back rushed for 70 yards on 13 carries in the first quarter on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Peterson had just 10 carries for 31 yards in the 20-3 loss to San Francisco in the season opener and struggled to find holes running out the shotgun.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner used a more balanced run attack for Peterson right away on Sunday with six carries under center, six in the shotgun and one in the pistol. The Vikings’ first three offensive plays were handoffs to Peterson. He broke loose for 11 yards and a first down on his second rush of the game.
Peterson carried the ball seven times for 45 yards to lead the Vikings downfield for a touchdown on their first drive of the game. His long run of the day is 25 yards.
He just missed out on scoring his first touchdown in 22 months after being stopped short on goal line late in the first quarter. Fans began chanting “AP, AP, AP,” after the play, but a replay showed he came up short.
After Peterson was stopped on third down, too, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ran it for a touchdown on fourth down to put the Vikings up, 14-0, early in the second quarter. They now lead 17-10 at halftime.
Peterson had 70 rushing yards at halftime and one catch for 49 yards.