The Vikings passing game was certainly not a bright spot during the 14-10 home-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at Mall of America Field. QB Brett Favre threw 3 INTs for the 1st time since the 2008 season when he was with the New York Jets. That performance came in the last game of the season as Favre was battling a bicep injury.
Turnovers were another factor in the defeat as the Vikings committed 4 – 3 INTs and 1 fumble. Essentially, the Vikings committed 6 turnovers if you factor in the 2 missed 4th down attempts. But with all of those changes of possession came a bright spot out of the Purple backfield.
RB Adrian Peterson personified his title as “All Day.”
The All-Pro RB ran for 145 yards and 1 TD on 28 carries. Many of those yards were not simply opened up by the linemen or on a key open field block, but rather the creation of Peterson’s running style. One play in particular saw #28 tripped up in the backfield, stumble forward, stay on his feet while continuing to stiff-arm and shoulder his way across the field for a 1st down. Not to mention that with all of these turnovers, not 1 was committed by Peterson.
“It’s tough,” Peterson said of the loss. “It’s tough when you’re knocking on the door and you are in a do-or-die situation.”
With the Vikings opening the season with consecutive losses, the star RB feels a sense of pressure mounting but realizes that it’s only the 2nd game of the year.
“There is a lot of work to be done,” Peterson acknowledged. “No panic. There is a sense of urgency. I know this group. We got a lot of different guys. We’ll come together and get on track.”
Peterson’s 145 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins was the most he’s gained since the 2009 season-opening victory over the Cleveland Browns when he ran for 180 yards and 3 TDs. The 4-year veteran has 232 yards on 47 carries and 1 TD on the season.
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