Just less than a week ago, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believed he didn't feel like the same player he used to be. Now, after a brilliant performance against the San Diego Chargers, he's going back on his word, believing he is back to his best.
After the first two games of the season, Peterson had only run for 165 yards from 39 attempts, scoring zero touchdowns. These poor performances caused the former NFL MVP to question himself, as he believed he wasn't the same player he used to be.
However, after a brilliant performance against the Chargers at the weekend, where his side won 31-14, he feels like he is back at his best. The six-time Pro Bowler ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns from 20 carries, including a highlight-reel worthy 46-yard touchdown run, before sitting out the fourth quarter.
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Peterson said to The Pioneer Express: “My legs felt lighter, and just the preparation throughout the week helped with that. But I felt good. The body felt good. My mind was in a great place, and, yeah, I think I’m back.”
The last time the former NFL MVP had a game like this was back in week four of the 2013 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns from 23 carries, including a 60-yard touchdown run.
Can the good times continue?
So how far can these good performances go? At the moment, Peterson has been the most effective performer in the Vikings' offense so far this season. The NFC North side will keep handing off the ball to their star running back, as that's how they work best.
However, Peterson will have to work even harder if the Vikings can't get the ball moving in the air. Their quarterback Teddy Bridgewater only has 505 yards and a touchdown to his name after three games. If the Vikings get the ball moving more in the air, it will provide more opportunities for Peterson to move the ball on the ground as well.