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Adrian Peterson aims for 200-plus-yard game

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In his fourth game back after suffering a torn ACL on Christmas Eve, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson notched his first 100-yard game of the season.

But what was his goal?  “250 yards,” he told PFT by phone after the 20-13 victory that moved Minnesota to 3-1.

Peterson said he had roughly five plays that he could have busted for big gains, and that he’s entering every game now believing that he can rush for 200 to 250 yards.  Peterson said he’s getting stronger each week, and that he’s now at 97 percent.

With Titans running back Chris Johnson coming to town on Sunday, Peterson isn’t worrying about proving that he remains the better tailback.  “I know who the best back in this league is,” Peterson said.

His team surprisingly is among the best in the league.  Peterson said that the Vikings “have a lot of room to grow,” and that they can be much better than they are.

If Peterson can start rattling off 200-plus-yard games, the Vikings will be a lot better.

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23 Responses to “Adrian Peterson aims for 200-plus-yard game”
  1. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 30, 2012 6:46 PM

    They may even score an offensive TD against a bad defense.

  2. kash71 says: Sep 30, 2012 6:47 PM

    The difference between Peterson and Johnson is Johnson became the second coming of Jamarcus Russell after he got paid.

  3. sixjak says: Sep 30, 2012 6:48 PM

    Apparently the Vikings are better than GB, CHI and DET fans thought.

  4. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Sep 30, 2012 6:54 PM

    Much respect to Adrian Peterson. It’s great to see athletes who measure success not by the cash in their wallet, but by their production on the field. If his body holds up, he will rush himself into Canton someday.

  5. nfldoc says: Sep 30, 2012 6:54 PM

    Apparently the Vikings are better than Viking fans thought too.

  6. rtl1984 says: Sep 30, 2012 6:55 PM

    @tokyoandblaster

    Hey, they’re winning. Last time I checked that’s more important than offensive scoring.

  7. btwicey says: Sep 30, 2012 7:00 PM

    Go vikes!!

  8. billmead1976 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:00 PM

    Just about half way there, AP. 102 is respectable. Boomer!

  9. thepvyharvin says: Sep 30, 2012 7:11 PM

    @tokyopillowbiter,,,,NFC North standings.Game.Set.Match,,,,bye,bye

  10. khmer379 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:21 PM

    Wouldnt doubt him he did put up nearly 300 on a good charger D several years back

  11. contra74 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:49 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 30, 2012 6:46 PM
    They may even score an offensive TD against a bad defense.

    Patience, they’ll play GB soon enough.

  12. urcrap says: Sep 30, 2012 7:51 PM

    Offense burned up pleanty of clock. Defense did their jobs, and special teams, long over due, made the difference! Vikes got it done and at 3-1 it’s awesome!!!! SKOL Vikes!!!!!!

  13. conormacleod says: Sep 30, 2012 7:59 PM

    The Vikings had the lead the entire game. They played a very conservative game plan with the lead. It’s called being smart. How bad is Detroit that a team doesn’t need an offensive TD to win? The Vikings, and Christian Ponder, are simply doing what it takes to win. I have no problem with that.

  14. vikesfansteve says: Sep 30, 2012 8:43 PM

    Three times today the Vikings were marching with AP and then they sat him and put in Gerhart and the drive immediately stalled. The coaching staff does some unexplainable things sometimes. Like the trick play on first and goal, just put in Webb if you are going to do that. I really would like Musgrave to get off the sideline and move to the booth to get a better eye on what plays they could exploit.

  15. polegojim says: Sep 30, 2012 8:49 PM

    Whose afraid of the big bad Lion D? NOBODY!

    Ndamukong WHO?
    Fairley is so bloated he can’t breath standing up, but excellent in the neutral zone… penalties.

    Gunther has this D so UNDERPERFORMING, I’d believe the season was fixed by a Vegas bookie.

    LeShoure’s running game??? You’ve got to be freaking kidding me!!! They guy is running scared.

    How bout those special teams!!! Way to go boys.

    Lions are much better than their results… starts with a WEAK HC and maybe complete staff house cleaning.

    I’m sick and tired of being SICK AND TIRED!

  16. whatjusthapped says: Sep 30, 2012 8:53 PM

    It must be something in the water up there in Minnesota. Peterson thinks he will get 250 yards, the fans think the Superbowl is in reach and Ziggy thinks Leslie is a real coach.

  17. purplepridehasadownside says: Sep 30, 2012 9:02 PM

    Tokyo…a win is a win. Period.

  18. purpleguy says: Sep 30, 2012 9:14 PM

    This whole season so far has been one pleasant surprise — a record of 3-1, AP’s looks back in form, Ponder doesn’t stink, Harvin/Greenway/O-line are playing strong, we’re at the top of the division 4 weeks in, the Saints are 0-4, anf the normal Packer trolls are reduced to making the old lame comments they had to make when the Vikes were good. It may not last, but it’s entertaining now.

  19. zygizag says: Sep 30, 2012 9:37 PM

    Love my Vikes, but sometimes I think he makes the OL look better than what it is.

    What is more amazing than 1 TD on a kick off and 1 TD on a punt return? No flags on either one of the plays. In fact I do not remember a single penalty called on the STeam.

  20. zygizag says: Sep 30, 2012 9:39 PM

    I really was not for the hiring of the new D head coach. Never been a coordinator before and INdy was never really known for it’s D. But I really cannot complain too much throught the 4 games this year.

  21. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Sep 30, 2012 10:34 PM

    To all you Vikings haters, just because we can win and you cant, doesnt mean u need to hate on our good play? Thers nothingto critisize here… 3-1 tell me ur teams record

  22. titogetmesometissue says: Oct 1, 2012 10:34 AM

    Vikes are looking pretty good! Defense is looking solid, special teams look good, all we need is to get the offense to be a little more consistent and we could make some waves this year.

  23. schrutebeetfarms says: Oct 1, 2012 1:18 PM

    It is good to know that Peterson understands that Arian Foster is the league’s best running back.

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