Coaches with the Minnesota Vikings came into Sunday's game expecting to limit Adrian Peterson's carries after he had missed the previous three games with a high sprain, and that's exactly what happened as the New Orleans Saints took a first-half lead and opened it up in the second half.
But that didn't mean Peterson, the team's biggest offensive star, had to be happy about getting only 10 carries for 60 yards.
"I don't know how to explain 10 carries. I was ready to roll. I just do my job," Peterson said. "When I'm called upon, I just try to go out there and execute. We got behind so we kind of had to turn more into a passing team. That didn't work either."
Christian Ponder completed 14 of 31 passes for 120 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on the last play of a 42-20 loss and was sacked four times.
Peterson had six carries for 51 yards in the first half, including a 39-yard run that might have gone for a touchdown if not for the sprained ankle somewhat limiting his burst and cutting ability. But he only got four carries for 9 yards in the second half.
"I was upset (with 10 carries) a little bit, fight to get back, but we got down so we had to start passing the ball a little more. So it was more understandable then. I don't know what goes through the coaches' mind.
"They knew I had the injury so maybe on different plays they wanted to keep me out. I'm sure they didn't expect the game to get out of hand like it did, so I'm sure they had a strategy in mind, too. Unfortunately, we got down and when we did, when we got behind, it happened pretty quick."
Peterson also wasn't happy about his ankle getting twisted in the bottom of a pile.
"I came into the game kind of expecting that, coming back from a high ankle sprain," Peterson said. "Guys are going to try to take their shot and, me under a pile, try to twist it up, things like that. I felt like it kind of got overboard. I got up and kind of got in his face. Just thank God I was able to keep my composure."
Although other players and coaches said their 42-20 loss wasn't due to a lack of effort, Peterson wasn't happy with effort level.
"Not really, not today," he said when asked about it. "I don't feel like offensively, defensively, special teams did a good job, but it was just a lot of missed tackles defensively, a lot of missed opportunities offensively. There was some effort out there, but it wasn't good enough – so definitely not satisfied with how we performed today."
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