Found September 06, 2013 on The Sports Headquarters:
Last year saw two phenomenal individual performances from offensive players. Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s NFL record for receiving yards in a season and Adrian Peterson came within 9 yards of Eric Dickerson’s elusive mark for rushing yards in a season. In part both of those records came about through the sheer necessity of them being the only weapon on their team but they were impressive feats nonetheless. What will be interesting to see this year, is whether or not those players can back up their efforts in 2013 and it all kicks off with a matchup between the two teams in week 1. After falling just short of the record last year, Peterson has made no secret of his desire to break through the ceiling and become the single season record holder. Combine that with his intention to break Emmitt Smith’s NFL career yardage mark, he will need to reach that 2000 yard plateau at least once more in his career. No player who has gone over that mark has been able to back up their performance which makes it very unlikely for Peterson to do so. Working in his favour this year, is the fact that he remains far and away the Vikings best offensive weapon. After posting two 100 yard games against the Lions last season, Peterson has to be feeling confident about his chances to get this season off to a good start. What will get in his way however is how he recovers from his intensive workload last season. After posting 370 carries last season (including playoffs) and with the mental drain of returning from a gruesome knee injury, Peterson will have needed every minute of the offseason to get ready for this round. While the record mark is most likely going to elude him, Peterson’s phenomenal physical skills mean he will top 1500 yards this year and contend for another NFL MVP award. On the other sideline will be Calvin Johnson, who enjoyed a much more successful season personally as he broke Jerry Rice’s record for receiving yards in a season. Unfortunately that historic level of production was borne out of necessity as nobody else on the Lions seemed capable of catching a pass. With an ineffective running game providing little to no support as well, Johnson was targeted over 200 times occasionally carrying the offense himself. All that lead to was a 4-12 record and an empty calendar come January. First and foremost, the Lions will be hoping that their superstar receiver can get healthy after battling a knee injury this preseason. All signs suggest he should be fine by Sunday but when he is on the field, somebody else will need to step up and take the pressure off Johnson. With the return of players like Nate Burleson, Johnson will have some of the stress removed from his shoulders. Johnson will still have his big games from time to time but he will not have to put up 100 yards every week. Look for Johnson to post numbers in the range of 1200-1300 yards and his touchdowns will likely double from last season’s 5 as teams can’t focus solely on him in the red zone.

Adrian Peterson goes 78-yards for TD on first touch of season

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson went 78-yards for the TD against the Lions on his first touch of the 2013 NFL season. If this is any indication of his upcoming season the NFL all-time rushing record should be all his. Simply amazing.

Minnesota Vikings: 2013 season preview

The 2013 NFL season is underway. The league opened the season with the Broncos and Ravens Thursday night. The rest of the NFL action begins Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota Vikings look to start the season on a positive note against the Detroit Lions Sunday at 1 PM ET. The Vikings are looking to make the playoffs on consecutive seasons and hope to improve on a surprising turnaround...

Peterson goes 78 yards for TD on first carry

Adrian Peterson started the 2013 season in MVP style. The Minnesota star went 78 yards for a touchdown on the Vikings' first offensive play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, giving his team a 7-0 lead. Minnesota got the ball on its 22 after the Lions flubbed a field goal attempt. Peterson took a handoff, found an opening up the middle, cut to the right to avoid a tackler and...

No limitations for Adrian Peterson as Vikings open season

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- He might have not carried the ball again in the preseason, but there will be no limitations on MVP running back Adrian Peterson when the season opens on Sunday with the Minnesota Vikings traveling to Detroit. The Peterson story is quite different from last year, when Peterson was held out of the preseason while making his way back from reconstructive knee...

Calvin Johnson Disappoints vs. Minnesota

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a 20-yard touchdown overturned by review in the first quarter and finished with just four catches for 37 yards on nine targets Sunday against the Vikings.Fantasy Spin:Johnson caught the ball near the goal line and stuck the ball in the end zone but didn't maintain possession of the ball through the catch. He had a similar ruling go against him...

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: Who to watch

Calvin Johnson facing the Vikings in last year’s first meeting between the division foes (Photo Credit: Rebecca Cook/Reuters - Both offenses rely on one juggernaut.  Adrian Peterson rushed 48 times for 273 and caught 7 balls for 25 yards in the season series last year.  Calvin Johnson caught 17 passes for 261 yards on 25 targets in the two meetings.  These two are studs and...

Adrian Peterson Goes 78 Yards For The TD On The First Play Of The Season (GIF)

Minnestoa Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, just took the first play from scrimmage 78 yards to the house for a TD! First. Play. Of. The. Season. Check it out after the jump. H/T To @Bleacherreport for the GIF The post Adrian Peterson Goes 78 Yards For The TD On The First Play Of The Season (GIF) appeared first on Total Sports Blog.

Adrian Peterson Unstoppable in Week 1 vs. Detroit

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on his first carry of the day Sunday against the Lions and added two more touchdowns later in the game.Fantasy Spin:Detroit held Peterson to just 15 yards on his next 17 carries, but the superstar scored a short touchdown and added a receiving score to finish with three touchdowns.

Mistake-prone Vikings lose to Lions 34-24

Adrian Peterson took his first handoff of the 2013 season, cut to the right and outran the Detroit secondary for a 78-yard touchdown. That was pretty much the highlight for the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson's three-touchdown day wasn't enough to offset a slew of careless mistakes on both sides of the ball. Peterson ended up with only 93 yards rushing, and the Vikings turned...

Adrian Peterson is wasting no time in picking up where he left off

Adrian Peterson has one carry this season. Adrian Peterson has one touchdown. AP broke off this 78-yard run on his first carry of the 2013 season, torching the Lions D to put the Vikings up by seven. [GIF via FTW] The post Adrian Peterson is wasting no time in picking up where he left off appeared first on The Nosebleeds.

‘All Day’ dominant for only one play

Adrian Peterson started with a 78-yard touchdown on the Vikings’ first play, then was bottled up. What happened? Frazier had one explanation, but Reggie Bush won the running back battle. Plus, get a dozen-and-a-half notes that help tell the tale of the game.

The REAL Top 10 Wide Receivers In The NFL, 2013 Edition

I have never seen the TSFJ e-offices as stressed as I have over this project. We’ve done plenty of lists around here before. From the top quarterbacks in the NFL to the best kick returners in college football history and so on and so on, lists are what we do here at TSFJ. So when […]The post The REAL Top 10 Wide Receivers In The NFL, 2013 Edition appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.

Lions Injury Report; Calvin Johnson, Ziggy Ansah, Louis Delmas

The Detroit Lions released their first injury report of the season on Wednesday, and it seems as though the team will be relatively healthy as they enter the year's first matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who had been ailing from a knee injury throughout the off-season, was never in any real danger of missing regular season time. He was not...

PJD's Game Thread: Vikings vs. Lions Season Kick-Puncher-Off!

We're finally here! It's the first Purple Jesus Diaries Game Thread of the 2013 regular season, and we're not here to mess around. The Vikings are apparently ready to go for the game as well, as early reports are indicating that for the first game of the season, the Vikings are ready to bust out the purple pants. No pretense this year, apparently, just full blown in-your...

Undrafted fullback likely to pave way for MVP

Zach Line went undrafted and was asked to make a position switch for the Vikings. Now, with Jerome Felton suspended, Line apparently will be asked to block for Adrian Peterson, the NFL MVP. Line, Peterson and Leslie Frazier talked about the challenge and Line’s progress.
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