Notebook: A.D. makes history, restates goals

Adrian Peterson is off to a hot start and restated his goals after a 180-yard rushing performance. Brad Childress is re-emphasizing hydration this week and using interesting language to do it. He's also aware of sensitivities to the injury-reporting procedures and used interesting language there as well. Plus, it's rankings season.

Adrian Peterson's quick start to the NFL season isn't much of a surprise. He has started each of his two previous NFL seasons with100-yard rushing efforts.

But after hitting 180 yards last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the question arose about potentially adjusting his rushing goals for the season. After all, he had been talking about rushing for the 2,000 yards. These days, it's hard to put any restraints on Peterson's possibilities.

"I always say I am shooting to get over 2,000. I am not setting my bar at 2,000 and that is it. No, I am shooting to get over 2,000. So if it comes it comes – if it doesn't, oh well," Peterson said.

After 103-yard days in the 2007 and 2008 season openers, Peterson became the first player in NFL history to rush for 180 yards and three touchdowns on kickoff weekend.

He leads the NFL with 3,281 rushing yards since 2007 and has 90 runs of 10-plus yards since 2007, the most in the NFL.

If he would get 100 yards on Sunday, it would be his fourth consecutive 100-yard performance against Detroit. He has rushed for 398 yards and two touchdowns in his four games against the Lions and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry against them.

However, in his first career game against the Lions, he rushed 20 times for 66 yards, the only time in his first five NFL games he was held to less than 100 yards.

"We aren't taking these guys lightly," Peterson said of the Lions. "We aren't taking the fact that they lost all of their games last year lightly at all. This is the NFL. I actually lost my first game to these guys my rookie year. So we are coming in like any other week, preparing for Sunday to go out and take care of business."

HYDRATING THE ‘SQUISHY THING'

Peterson getting 180 yards last weekend was all the more impressive considering he went into the locker room in the second quarter to get fluids intravenously. However, he refuted the notion that he was dehydrated.

"People keep saying (I was) dehydrated. That wasn't the case at all," Peterson said. "I am sure that is what you expect when you hear somebody got an IV, but I made sure I put the fluids in my body to be prepared to go out there and play in the sun. We were in Cleveland. We weren't in Texas. I have played in some real heat before. It was definitely something I took in. I woke up feeling good that morning. It just kicked in right when I went out for warm-ups, but it's over now."

But with warm weather during this week of practice, Childress re-emphasized to his team the importance of proper hydration. And he did it in quasi-scientific terms.

"Your brain is 80 percent liquid. Everybody wants to say it's grey mass, but it's actually kind of a pink, squishy thing. When you think about your brain and hydrating, have another drink of water," Childress said.

INJURY REPORTING

The New York Jets were fined $75,000, and their general manager, Mike Tannenbaum, was fined $25,000, along with their former coach, Eric Mangini for violating the league's policy on injury reporting. The violation came last year after Brett Favre revealed last week that he had talked with the Jets about sitting out some games last season with a partially torn biceps tendon. Favre wasn't listed on their injury report.

Childress was asked if he considered putting Favre on the injury report given Favre's admission that an MRI this summer found problems with his rotator cuff that he has played through and plans to continue playing through.

"I did tell Brett that I don't have a spare 25k sitting around. I told him on the way off the field. I'd rather save it for the college fund," Childress said. "My exact words were, ‘I don't have an extra 25k and if I have to list you on the injury report with every mucus membrane on your body, I will do that.'"

The Vikings didn't list Favre on the report last week or this week.

HITMAN FOR MONEY

Linebacker E.J. Henderson is donating $100 for every tackle he makes this season, and it's going to a program that he takes seriously – the E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation.

The core vision of the foundation is to strengthen participants academically, socially and physically preparing them for college and beyond. Twice a week, various youth groups spend time at the foundation in a 90-minute session that includes work with an online academic program specifically tailored to each student, participation in a life skills program designed to develop character through lessons on responsibility, determination, perseverance and related topics, along with a rigorous fitness session.

SUCCESSFUL RANKINGS

Scout.com's Adam Caplan has the Vikings ranked atop his power poll heading into Week 2.

A FoxSports.com ranking has the Vikings at No. 5.

WhatIfSports.com has the Vikings ranked No. 8 and moving up.

WhatIfSports.com also has the Vikings' game against the Lions as the third-most convincing win this week.

Scout.com's Chris Steuber weighed in with his rookie rankings after the first week of the NFL season, with Vikings receiver Percy Harvin in the mix.


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