Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson just silenced those NFL critics who predicted he might not be the same running back he was last year.
After Detroit Lions rookie punter Sam Martin fumbled the hold on a 31-yard field goal attempt, Minnesota took possession on its own 22-yard line. Detroit had Minnesota pinned back deep in its own territory, and that is when Lions defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley were supposed to take over.
Instead, Peterson took his first handoff of the season and raced 78-yards for a touchdown on Minnesota’s first offensive play.
Detroit was winless in the NFC North last season, while coach Jim Schwartz is in the hot heat. It is definitely not the start Detroit was hoping for.
Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns last season after recovering from a major knee injury.
There is still a long way to go, but Peterson seemingly has not lost a step.