The First Game the rust showed
The Second Game was a homecoming of sorts but he didn’t look all the way back
Third game? Mama its that man again… Adrian Peterson is back
Adrian Peterson rushed for 126 yards on 20 carries and scored his first two touchdowns of the season, his first since November 2013 leading the Vikings to a 31-14 win over the San Diego Chargers at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis Sunday.
Peterson struggled in limited action in his first action in San Francsico in week 1 and while logging 134 on 29 carries in the week 2 win over Detroit, it looked more like a workhorse action as he averaged 4,2 yards a carry. Peterson logged extra practice time this week leading up to this weeks matchup which including a series of 100 yard sprints, the extra work seemed to pay off and Peterson broke off a number of strong runs including this a season high 43 yard run touchdown run in the 2nd quarter .
Peterson’s second touchdown tied him with Viking legend Randy Moss for 2nd all time on the Vikings scoring list and is 17 scores behind Hall of Famer Cris Carter. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 121 on 13-24 passing, his longest completion of the day was 19 yards.
The Vikings scored 21 consecutive points to break open a slim halftime lead, Peterson’s 43 yard touchdown scamper in the third the highlight of the scoring.
“My legs felt lighter today,” Peterson said, adding: “I felt good, the body felt good, mind was in a great place and, yeah, I think I’m back.”
The Vikings were bolstered defensively by a 91 yard interception return in the 4th quarter by LB Chad Greenley which wrapped up the scoring for the Vikings in the 4th quarter.
Cordarelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels both had decent returns on kickoffs and punt returns and had no fumbles. Blair Walsh made a 24 yard field goal and all four extra point attempts. Punter Jeff Locke put 2 of his 4 punts inside the 30 and had a long punt of 60 yards.
AP gets his second in as many weeks, his 43 yard touchdown scamper hearkened back to his 2009 stiff arm run against the Browns.
While Chad Greenway’s 91 yard pick six is nice eye candy, which was a capstone of strong defensive effort. The ball goes to Everson Griffin who had 6 tackles, 4 solo, 1 for loss 5 QB hits and a pass defensed.
The Vikings head to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to face the Broncos who defeated Detroit 24-12 Sunday. Kickoff is 3:25 CDT (4:25 EDT/2:25p local) on Fox