Peterson leads the NFL in rushing: 'Yeah, I think I'm back'

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Adrian Peterson might be 30 years old but he sure isn't running like it.

While most running backs run into a wall at 30, Peterson seems to be finding his stride – the same stride that put fear in the minds of defensive players trying to tackle him over the first eight years of his career.

On Sunday, Peterson racked up 126 yards and two touchdowns. His 43-yard score was a dash from the past as he stiff-armed a Charger to the ground and bounced off Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle with ease before high-stepping into the end zone.

"My mind was in a great place, and yeah, I think I'm back," Peterson said after the game, via Vikings.com.

The Pioneer Press reports that Peterson wasn't happy with his play through the first two weeks so he used Tuesday, a normal day off for the players, to run 18 100-yard sprints in an effort to get in the best shape possible.

With 291 yards through three games – 260 in the past two weeks – Peterson leads the NFL in rushing entering Monday night's game between the Packers and Chiefs. Kansas City's Jamaal Charles needs 110 yards to leap Peterson for the league lead.

Here's how Peter King summed up his thoughts on Peterson in his Week 3 edition of Monday Morning Quarterback.

"Adrian Peterson: 20 carries for 126 yards, two touchdowns. Running at 30 the way he ran at 23. Keep calling his name, Norv Turner."

King added:

"That’s the way Minnesota wants to play: 31 rushes, 24 passes. Not that Turner doesn’t trust Teddy Bridgewater; he does. But he wants Adrian Peterson to carry this offense, and Sunday, in the convincing 17-point win over San Diego, that’s what Turner called, and Peterson delivered."

The Vikings and Peterson will be tested in Week 4 in the high altitude of Denver against the 2-1 Broncos. Denver's rushing defense is ranked seventh in the NFL.

Next Up

hazelewood burgers

3 Minnesota restaurants make it on 50 best burgers in America list

A travel website praised the restaurants' burgers in a recently released list.

Fire, firefighters

Firefighter critical after gun discharges during blaze, hitting him

The 35-year-old Cornell firefighter is hospitalized in critical condition

evelyn adams

After 2 years, sheriff's office seeks new leads in unsolved deadly home invasion

"The sheriff’s office is close to knowing exactly what occurred that night but needs your help," the sheriff's office said.

joseph heroff

Man charged in chase that ended with police fatally shooting suspect

The suspect who was shot has also been identified.

Royce Lewis

Twins' Royce Lewis tears his ACL, will undergo surgery

A huge blow for the former No. 1 draft pick.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Police release cause of death for daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice and Allina CEO

Olivia Chutich died from a combination of excessive drinking and hypothermia.

science-museum-of-minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota to reopen this weekend

The museum will be open on weekends with limited capacity and other safety precautions.

Keith Ellison

State officials push for shortened sentences for some elderly inmates

A bill introduced in the state Legislature would allow elderly inmates to apply for shortened sentences if they show evidence of rehabilitation.

Walz

Walz says state will soon announce next COVID vaccine priority groups

In a "short time," the governor expects to be able to give all Minnesotans an approximate date for when they'll be able to get the vaccine.

Related