The Vikings (2-0) lost Adrian Peterson to a knee injury but they beat the Packers 17-14 in the first regular season game at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday night.
Peterson left the game late in the third quarter and didn’t return. Peterson was clearly in pain and he couldn’t put any weight on his right leg.
Peterson had just 19 yards on 12 carries. He’ll undergo an MRI on Monday, although head coach Mike Zimmer said in his postgame press conference that Peterson “might miss a week.”
Minnesota trailed Green Bay 7-0 in the second quarter before Sam Bradford, making his first start, connected with tight end Kyle Rudolph on a 8-yard touchdown pass. The scoring strike happened just a few plays after Bradford suffered an ugly bruise to his left hand.
Bradford finished 22-31 for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns. His favorite target was Stefon Diggs, who finished with 9 catches for an eye-popping 182 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers had chances to take the lead in the final quarter but Aaron Rodgers lost a fumble and threw an interception to Trae Waynes to help seal Minnesota’s win.
Up next: Vikings are at the Carolina Panthers next Sunday for a noon kickoff.