Adrian Peterson got the start for the New Orleans Saints in his return to Minnesota, but he found himself an afterthought in a matchup that quickly turned into a game-long tribute to another former Viking: Randy Moss.
With his first Saints camp under his belt, Peterson asserts, "I'm back and I'm healthy".
The Saints face a rough opening stretch this season: In addition to Minnesota, New Orleans faces New England at home, travels to Carolina then travels to London to face Miami.
Peterson also likes to point out that he led the National Football League with 1,485 yards rushing in 2015, "behind a mediocre offensive line", he added, after missing 15 games the previous season, when he was dealing with the legal and public relations fallout from his use of force to discipline his then-4-year-old son.
Peterson, who signed a two-year deal worth $7million with New Orleans in April after being released by Minnesota, finished with just 18 yards on six carries.
Tonight's game will feature two of the most exciting pass rushers in former NFL Defensive player of the year, Von Miller and the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year, Joey Bosa.
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"There wasn't any heated exchange", Payton said. But Dalvin Cook and Pat Elflein didn't look anything like rookies in their impressive debuts against the New Orleans Saints.
"I don't know. I'll have to look and see", Peterson said. Quarterback Fran Tarkenton took the Vikings to the Super Bowl three times in the 70s. "He was into it, we were all into it, there was none that I can recall".
In fairness, none of the Saints ball carriers played well. The Saints problems on defense are a broken record every season, and with Cook and a budding star in Stefon Diggs likely to have increased roles, the Vikings have too much going for them.
Peterson said he was keeping what was said to himself.
"When I've got time to sit back there and kind of evaluate things, I've got all the confidence in the world that our guys outside are going to win", Bradford said.
With the Saints trailing 19-6, Peterson was seen on the sidelines staring down Payton before proceeding to scream at the 53-year-old coach.
LINE HISTORY: The Vikings opened as 3.5 point chalk in Adrian Peterson's return to Minnesota and the spread has dropped to -3.
"At the end of the day, the offensive played great, our special teams played great, so really this was truly a team victory for us", Robison said. "We were getting to the line early, and I think we put pressure on them".