Adrian Peterson and the Vikings are not quite ready to give up on 2012 yet, as Sunday he carried the team to a huge 34-24 win over the Detroit Lions to improve to 6-4.
Peterson raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. He wound up the day with 171 yards on 27 carries for the Vikings.
”I still can get stronger. I’m still not there, man. I’m pressing to get there,” Peterson said. ”I’m going to come back stronger and better after the bye.”
Peterson went off for 120 yards in the final quarter, and his TD run was his third straight game with a 60-yard gain or longer.
QB Christian Ponder came back after three awful weeks with 221 yards and two touchdowns on 24-for-32 passing for the Vikings.
”You could tell he was more confident, got into a rhythm,” Peterson said. ”He was just playing ball. Playing loose. That’s what we need from him.”
Rookie Jarius Wright filled in for injured standout Percy Harvin and scored in his first NFL game. Tight end Kyle Rudolph had a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, too. Ponder passed for almost as many yards in the first quarter of this game (57) as he did last week at Seattle.
”Just going out and playing without worrying about the consequences of your throws,” Ponder said. ”Go out and let it rip, that’s what I did.”
But with the Vikings, it always comes back to Peterson. He has 353 yards in the last two games and 1,128 yards already this season.
”He hasn’t lost a step at all from that knee surgery. He might even be better,” left tackle Matt Kalil said.
It was a much needed win, and one that the Vikings hope will push them ahead to plenty more.