Adrian Peterson's teammates were his biggest fans after an incredible 64-yard touchdown run that left them amazed and looking for replays. WR Sidney Rice said Peterson relived a Nike commercial that features him fending off defenders in a variety of moves.
It didn't take long for Adrian Peterson
to make his mark on the 2009 NFL season.
A day after he rushed for 180 yards in the Vikings' 34-20 victory over Cleveland, Peterson's teammates continued to talk about one run in particular.
That was a 64-yarder in the fourth quarter that saw the Pro Bowl running back break six tackles en route to scoring his third touchdown of the afternoon.
"Have you seen his Nike comeback commercial?" said Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice
, who threw key blocks on Peterson's run. "The one that his skin is off. I told him after the game, I was like, ‘You re-lived your Nike commercial.' That's exactly what I told him because he was just out there doing some amazing stuff."
What made the run so spectacular was not only the amount of moves Peterson used but also the variety of moves and how each showed his various abilities (speed, strength, ability to stop on a dime and then speed up).
On the play, Peterson broke three tackles and then cut to the left sideline. It was then that things got interesting.
Browns cornerback Brandon McDonald
dived at Peterson's legs but came up empty. Cornerback Eric Wright
was next. He made the mistake of trying to grab Peterson's upper body and got shoved aside by the powerful runner.
As Peterson continued down the sideline, Peterson was met by McDonald again and got a stiff arm. By that point it was over.
Veteran kicker Ryan Longwell
said he had "never, ever," seen a run like that in his career.
"Not even in video games," Longwell said. "I called my family after the game — they are down in Orlando and didn't get the game — and so I told my son, he's a big Adrian fan, that, ‘You've got to turn on the TV and see this run because it's something that you'll never see again.' He's just fun to watch, good guy, fun teammate and to stop midstride, shove a guy out of the way and then run another 40 yards is pretty amazing."
So where did this rank about Peterson's touchdown runs?
"It's right up there," he said. "As far as effort wise, it's got to be at the top as far as guys contributing to making a big play happen."
Peterson, who rushed for 25 yards in the first half but 155 in the second against Cleveland, went to the locker room just before halftime to get an IV. Peterson said it was the first time in his career he had needed fluids. "I came out feeling light-headed, not feeling too good, kind of weak," he said. "I came out slow. Everyone else was on point, had a good tempo and I wasn't in sync with my guys. I was able to come out in the second half and get in sync and take care of business. ... After the IV, I recharged and I was ready to go to work."
Quarterback Brett Favre threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin in the third quarter of the Vikings' victory at Cleveland. That was Favre's only TD pass of the day, his first as a Viking and the 465th of his career. That is an NFL record. So how did this one feel? "I don't know how many I've thrown, but they've all been a blast," Favre said. "Some maybe have had more meaning than others, but I was pretty excited. Had we scored running the ball, I'd have been equally as excited. But that one ranks up there near the top."
Special teams ace Heath Farwell on the 67-yard punt return for a touchdown given up by the Vikings on Sunday: "That's going to kind of haunt me for a little while. We did some good things out there, but that one I'm going to have nightmares about."
WR Bernard Berrian, who suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out for the final three preseason games, got in for 50 to 55 plays Sunday but did not catch a pass. Berrian was an intended target of Brett Favre on two passes.
QB Tarvaris Jackson was the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday to Brett Favre but coach Brad Childress has indicated it will be a week-to-week decision on whether Jackson or Sage Rosenfels is the primary backup to Favre.
NT Jimmy Kennedy appears to have bypassed Fred Evans on the depth chart as the backup to Pat Williams. It remains to be seen if it will stay that way. Evans started two games late last season after Williams was injured but was inactive on Sunday.
WR Darius Reynaud opened the season as the Vikings' primary punt return man and made a good impression by returning to punts for 54 yards, including a 36-yarder. WR Jaymar Johnson spent most of the preseason in that role but Reynaud has made the most of his opportunity to win the job.
CB Benny Sapp, who plays in the Vikings' nickel defense, is fine after coming out of Sunday's game briefly to get an IV because of dehydration.