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Adrian Peterson rushing for a 78-yard touchdown against the Detroit Lions. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Vikings began the season on a sour note against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. If you watched only the first half you would have expected the Vikings to pull away and win the crazy ball game. Unfortunately for Vikings fans this was not the case. The Lions went on to beat the Vikings 34-24, outscoring the Vikings 21-10 in the 2nd half.
Adrian Peterson took his first handoff of the season 78 yards for a score on a well executed block by second year offensive tackle Matt Kalil.
I figured I should share the one shining moment in this game before we discuss the rest of this horrendous performance. Now comes the difficult task of making sense of a performance that was plagued with turnovers, poor tackling, and lack of discipline.
Starting at the quarterback position, Christian Ponder had a day to forget. He threw for 236 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions, including one that put the game out of reach for Minnesota. All of his interceptions were tipped at some point in the attempt, but the decision to make some of those throws weren’t necessary; Ponder could have thrown the ball away or taken a sack.
It seemed as if he was trying to do to much. This may be the reason he also fumbled on a botched handoff to AP. Ponder accounted for all four of the team’s turnovers in the game. After watching Ponder play Sunday I realized that he may not be ready to put the franchise on his shoulders and lead the team to a Super Bowl.
The struggles weren’t only on offense, the defense looked below average in the second half. Recently-acquired Lions running back Reggie Bush gashed the defense on many occasions, including a 77-yard touchdown reception where the defense seemed to forget how to tackle. Bush finished the game with 191 total yards of offense. The defense nearly gave up 500 total yards to the Lions and missed what seemed like a thousand tackles.
The thing that got me fired up the most: the low hit on Vikings center John Sullivan by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh early in the second quarter. Suh was flagged for an illegal chop block on an interception return that would have been a touchdown. This should get the team fired up for their next matchup with Detroit in Minnesota week 17. Despite being well behind the play as DeAndre Levy entered the endzone untouched, Suh still made a low block from the side, hence the 15-yard flag.
The good news: it is only week one so we have to do our best as fans to not look too deep into the first game of the season. The bad news: we will all be restless until the team gets on track. This goes for Vikings players just as much as fans; good luck sleeping this week.
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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.
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...
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...
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
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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.
Adrian Peterson took his first handoff of the 2013 season, cut to the right and outran the Detroit secondary for a 78-yard touchdown.
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When it comes to running backs if Adrian Peterson is playing folks are not going to care who the other guy is. People just want to see AP work is magic.So if the 'other' back wants to be noticed he is going to have to step his game up and do something bigger ad better than Peterson.
Like what Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush did on this play:
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