Adrian Peterson said his body was ‘a little shot’ in the first half, but his legs showed otherwise.
The Vikings star running back rushed 16 times for 70 yards through the first two quarters, 45 on the team’s opening drive.
Peterson finished the game with 29 carries for 134 yards, a stark contrast from the 10 rushes for 31 yards he had in the season opener, propelling the Vikings to a 26-16 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
“Week 1, you watch film, you see that you need to be wider, you need to be more patient, and you apply it to the next week,” Peterson said. “That’s what I did, and I’m going to do the same thing going into next Sunday.”
Peterson’s biggest play won’t be noticed in his rushing stats. He made up for his own missed block by securing a shovel pass from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and turning it into a 49-yard gain to set up an eventual field goal for a 17-3 lead late in the second quarter.
“What a heads up play,” Peterson said, praising his quarterback. “Terrible fitting for me. It looked weak and pitiful just to be honest. But a heads up play by Teddy just making something happen. You see me at the end of the play just beating my head because I’m thinking about the block I missed, so that’s how important it is to me.”
Peterson was beating his head regularly throughout the afternoon. He fumbled twice in the red zone, losing one, and had a third nullified by penalty.
“I put the ball on the ground a couple times, just poor ball security,” Peterson said. “When I look back and I see the replay, I was trying too hard to get in the end zone and those can cost you. … So that’s something I’m going to focus on, and after assessing the film, I’ll be able to look at a lot of different runs that I didn’t feel good about during the game and see how I can correct them and improve.”
None of these miscues kept the fans from showering their star running back with praise. Many of the 52,319 chanted “AP, AP, AP,” as the first quarter came to close.
“It felt good!” Peterson said. “The energy that you see as I was running, that came from the fans. Just that warm welcome, it felt good to be back at home.”