When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson displayed one of the greatest seasons of all time in 2012, everybody was anxious to see what he would do for an encore performance this season as he set the bar high for himself with the goal of reaching 2,500 rushing yards. While the chances of that actually happening are extremely slim, Peterson still started off the season on a hot note–even if the Vikings did end up on the losing end.
After breaking loose for a 78-yard touchdown run on his first touch of the regular season, Peterson finished his first game of the 2013 season with three total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) to go along with 111 yards from the line of scrimmage during the team’s 34-24 loss to the Detroit Lions. The Vikings may not have come up on the winning end against a Lions’ team with a stacked offense loaded with talent, but the team has to be pleased with Peterson picking up right where he left off last season.
As long as Peterson remains healthy, Minnesota is always going to be a dangerous team for opponents as he’s proven to be a freak when it comes to being on the football field. If the first game is any indication of what to expect from Peterson this upcoming season, it’s safe to say the Vikings will be just fine after this opening day loss to the Lions and should still be seen as contenders for the rest of the season.