SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Adrian Peterson showed flashes of his former MVP self in Monday night’s opener. But there weren’t scarcely adequate to save a Minnesota Vikings.
The San Francisco 49ers marred Peterson’s lapse with a 20-3 delight in that Carlos Hyde, not Peterson, was by distant a many prolific using behind on a margin during Levi’s Stadium.
Peterson left an impression. Just demeanour during a brief pass he held around his possess 40-yard line in a second entertain before juking one Niners defender and afterwards carrying 3 some-more for about 8 yards before another jumped on his behind to move him down after a benefit of 17.
But Peterson’s final stat line — 10 carries for 31 yards, and 3 catches for 21 yards, no scores — reflected how badly he and a Vikings struggled to get anything going offensively behind an injury-depleted line.
Meanwhile, Hyde ran wild, scoring both San Francisco touchdowns and finishing with 168 yards on 26 carries (plus dual catches for 14 yards). After one game, that puts a second-year pro from Ohio State on gait for roughly 2,700 rushing yards — over a record-shattering idea of 2,500 that Peterson has set for himself publicly.
Peterson, 30, didn’t play during all this preseason after blank all yet one diversion in 2014 in a arise of a transgression complaint for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. He pled guilty to a reduced misconduct assign in November, yet a NFL barred him from personification final season.
The Vikings upheld all 3 plays on their opening possession Monday. So, Peterson’s initial lift in a diversion given Sept. 7, 2014, came on a initial play of a Vikings’ second drive. It went for 4 yards. He had 4 carries for 14 yards and dual catches for 19 during halftime.
With hundreds of purple-clad fans amidst a early-arriving crowd, Peterson listened mostly cheers as he emerged from a tunnel, yet one male in a throng yelled “Child beater!” on mixed occasions.
The Vikings named Peterson one of their captains for a game, along with Teddy Bridgewater, Chad Greenway and Everson Griffen.
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