The Tennessee Titans made sure Adrian Peterson wouldn’t hurt them.
So the Minnesota defense took control.
Eric Kendricks returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter and Danielle Hunter scored a 24-yard TD off a fumble return and the Vikings beat Tennessee 25-16 in their season opener Sunday.
The Vikings forced three turnovers in the span of just under seven minutes and also had two sacks.
“The defense came through for us and made some big plays,” Peterson said. “They pretty much bailed us out today.”
The defending NFC North champs needed the help from their defense in scoring 25 straight points after being shut out in the first half with the NFL’s 2015 rushing leader smothered.
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