Adrian Peterson wants to show Vikings defenders what he can do to them

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When the NFL released its 2017 regular-season schedule, the Monday night opener didn’t have much steak, or much sizzle. It now has both.

The ho-hum matchup of the 7-9 Saints and 8-8 Vikings took on a new dynamic when Adrian Peterson surprisingly opted to accept a reduced salary and a reduced role in New Orleans. He’s now eyeballing an expanded performance when he returns to U.S. Bank Stadium in September.

“It’s going to be fun to go against those guys so I can let them know [when] I was doing that talking, telling them, ‘Hey, I’ll hit you guys for 150 or 200 yards,’ that I wasn’t just talking,” Peterson told the Saints’ official website, via ESPN.com. “They’ll see.”

The threshold question is how much anyone will see Peterson on the field during that game. Mark Ingram is the starter; while Peterson perhaps quietly adds “for now” to that title, it’s not his call as to which guy sits atop the depth chart. Peterson also could be pinched from below by rookie third-rounder Alvin Kamara.

For now, Peterson isn’t focused on those details. He’s simply focused on Week One.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Peterson said, joking that “revenge” is part of his motivation. “You know, it’s just ironic. When the schedule came out and I saw that, I was like, ‘Wow, this is meant to be.’ So many great memories down there in Minnesota. Great fan base. They supported me through everything, throughout my career, so just to embrace the love once I get there will be exciting.”

It won’t be exciting if he’s standing on the sidelines more than he’s lining up behind Drew Brees. And if Peterson emerges from that game miffed that he didn’t get enough chances to show the world what he could do against his former team, he may not feel like his marriage with the Saints was meant to be, after all.

45 responses to “Adrian Peterson wants to show Vikings defenders what he can do to them

  1. We’ll see how washed up he is. Viking fan has nothing positive to say about the only guy that made that franchise relevant over the past 10 years. Hope he backs up his words.

  2. Has Peterson forgotten the NFC Championship game between the Vikings and Saints? The Saints had bountys on Brett Favre which resulted in players and coaches and Saints head coach suspended for an entire year. Peterson should be ashamed to even put on the Saints uniform.

  3. I wish my Packers would have signed AD. We would’ve made him a WR in Packerland. Because that’s what we do.

  4. The Saints could very well have a top 10 offensive line this year if they stay healthy, and nothing motivates OL then the push forward running the ball. This could be AP best chance to hit triple digits all year but not because of the VIkings. Payton and Brees will ditch the run as soon as the situation gets sticky.

  5. I will be interested in seeing what numbers AD puts up on game day. 150-200 sounds like a lot but he is a HOFer. But Zeke Elliott didn’t get 100 on that defense last year.

  6. emoney826 says:
    May 4, 2017 8:17 PM
    We’ll see how washed up he is. Viking fan has nothing positive to say about the only guy that made that franchise relevant over the past 10 years. Hope he backs up his words.
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    Vikings fans aren’t packer fans.

    We won’t boo Adrian when he returns in another uniform.

    Go try and stir another pot.

  7. I doubt that. He only got about 33-36 yards against the Pack last year. As much as I hate the Vike’s, they won’t give him many yards.

  8. AD is one of my all time favorite Vikings player, but it will be extremely hard to put up those kinds of when he will be the 2nd or 3rd RB on the team. If there is one thing that I learned from watching him the past 10 years, it’s to never doubt the guy. After next season, he will be back to retire as a Viking, right where he belongs. Now I look forward to the next 10 years of Dalvin Cook.

  9. Sounds like a great challenge!

    200 yards and 4 fumbles right at the end zone sounds about right.

    That’s my prediction, but only if Peyton gives him the ball that night, which I hope he does…..

  10. I have a feeling that AD specifically signed with the Saints so he is almost guaranteed a game against the Queens at full health. It would not surprise me if he gained 200 yards and 3 TD’s against the putrid vikings defense and then breaks down at some point in the season due to age or health.

    As a die hard Packers fan, I respect his talent and believe he is a top 5 runner in my lifetime starting at about the Walter Payton era. He knows the end is near so the Saints made the most sense to get his best shot at the team that let him walk. It was the right business decision by mn though.

  11. Peterson is on the downhill slide. Running backs seem to hit a wall at the end of their careers, with injuries and poor performance. Some of them hang on too long. Peterson is not going to show anyone what he can do. He will show everyone what he can’t do any longer. Run the ball like he did in his prime. There are reasons no one wanted him. An aging fumbler .

  12. Good luck doing anything with the 6 or less carries you’ll get. Even in his best years AP needed 20+ carries to do some damage. Not worried about it.

  13. That’s just it AP. The Vikings and fans knew you could still play. That is why you made it as long as you did even with some seriously intense parenting. 18 million is why you are gone. Please don’t play the martyr now. Viking fans were left empty the last three years with what you provided plain and simple. Take the high road and show it on the field.

  14. was a huge ad fan until the child beating.. this guy will have a few flashes but that’s about it. bet he ends the year around 400 or 500 yards.. his best days are about 3 or 4 years behind him.

  15. So many great memories down there in Minnesota.

    Apparently Peterson is geographically challenged thinks Minnesota is (south) down of New Orleans.

  16. Peterson is washed up and the Saints are about to find that out. The only difference is, the Saints will pay a lot less to learn that lesson vs. the Vikings who paid him top dollar to get zilch out of him.

  17. Kingmj4891 says:
    May 4, 2017 10:26 PM
    So many great memories down there in Minnesota.

    Apparently Peterson is geographically challenged thinks Minnesota is (south) down of New Orleans.

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    He means down in the Super Bowl Winning List…

  18. Contra: Vikings fans aren’t packer fans.

    We won’t boo Adrian when he returns in another uniform.

    Go try and stir another pot.
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    Sorry, you aren't getting off that easy. If AD showed in the Land of Heidi wearing the Green and Gold, you can damn sure bet that he would be booed by the purples and lustily….but with a strange sort of Nordic hospitality.

  19. ok AP….you arent lining up on first or second series of the game…You are in now in the third series. I formation since you dont run from the shotgun. Run to the right side, three hole…same call since fourth grade….you get nothing…..Next play…same thing …run to the left side….nothing…..time to punt….. You end up with 46 yards most after the game has been solved…You will have one 100 yard game…you will get cut at the end of the year. You heard it here…

  20. He’s exactly the kind of guy who will thrive on a “revenge” game. I think the Saints will be much improved this year, but there will be overblown talk of reaching the super bowl after the throttling they will give the Vikings. AP will get all his 170yds in the second half, after the Saints are up 4 or 5 scores.

    Saints have been built as a high-octane dome team for more than a decade.

    Vikings are an outdoor, cold-weather team who just started playing in a dome.

    It will get ugly. Very ugly.

  21. Revenge? You wanted a boatload of money to stay in Minnesota then took a lot less from saints when nobody would sign you. Vikings will get revenge on you. Why hate on the Vikes D anyway? They weren’t the ones that didn’t pay you

  22. whodatnhollywood says:

    Shock the NFL world, AP! You’ve done it before. Now, do it again! All Day!
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    You talking about beating children?

  23. Revenge? For what? For making you filthy rich? For taking you back after your embarrassing vacation on the Commissioner’s list? For guaranteeing your contract after that because of your fragile ego? For building the offense around you because of your non existent blocking & pass catching skills? You can get on your elephant and use your switch to take yourself back down south dude.

  24. genxj,

    First off: It seems you don’t understand that it’s the team that picks the player, not the reverse.

    Secondly: Weak blathering would be when your guru, PA at kfan, after the 5-0 start last season was looking ahead on the schedule and arrogantly boasted that he had a hard time seeing another loss.

    SKOLOL!!

  25. eljefedelmundo says:
    May 4, 2017 11:27 PM
    Finally some attitude from the Saints. Good.

    This will be one of the most looked forward to games of the year

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    Probably for Viking fans – the rest of the NFL won’t even blink.

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    Has Peterson forgotten the NFC Championship game between the Vikings and Saints? The Saints had bountys on Brett Favre which resulted in players and coaches and Saints head coach suspended for an entire year. Peterson should be ashamed to even put on the Saints uniform.

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    Name one Viking player injured by the so-called bounties to injure players.

  27. The Saints didn’t make the Vikes get severe fumbleitis in the NFCCG nor did they make Favre decide to throw for 5 yards for an INT when he could have flopped on the ground for a game winning FG.

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