If Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson is a man of his word, then he is going to score a touchdown the first time he touches the ball in Week 1 of the regular season.
“Yeah, I might as well speak it: Touchdown, first run,” Peterson said Thursday, according to ESPN.
Wait, before everyone goes crazy and loses their mind, Peterson has done it before. Actually in 2013, AP took a carry 73 yards for a touchdown in the Vikings first game against the Detroit Lions. Before the game against the Lions, he told a few of his teammates of his intention to take a carry all the way to the house. The only difference from 2013 to 2014 is that Peterson is putting the rest of the NFL on notice.
If there is one guy that is capable of scoring on any given play it may be Peterson. The 29-year-old stud running back has scored double digit touchdowns in every single season that he has been in the league and he’s only fell short of 1,400 yards just one time in his career–there is no denying the guy is a beast. The biggest problem with his bold prediction may not be his talent or even his offensive line, it’s the defense that he is going against.
The St. Louis Rams have one of the best defenses in the league and now that Peterson made his intentions known, the Rams won’t make it happen. I’m sure Rams defenders are laughing at Peterson, and predicting a negative five-yard carry for his first attempt. But to Peterson’s defense, what is a prediction if it’s not crazy and unreachable?
Peterson may or may not score a touchdown on his first run, but a better prediction would’ve been to score three TDs or rush for over 200 yards because that would mean the Vikings are lighting up the Rams on the scoreboard. Peterson, good luck on your prediction and it’s hard to doubt you with the football in your hands, but your statement is a little to hard to stand behind.