SANTA CLARA, Calif. — No matter how many times Adrian Peterson illusory his lapse over a past year, this form of wave couldn’t have entered his mind really often.
Ten carries. Thirty-one yards. A 20-3 improved so biased Peterson called it “embarrassing” for a Minnesota Vikings, who were outmuscled and outplayed during their possess diversion Monday night by a San Francisco 49ers group that rode another timber using behind from start to finish.
So how does Peterson go about recuperating from a beating of carrying a diversion he’d awaited by authorised troubles and NFL expulsion finish adult a nationally televised laugher?
“Just redemption,” Peterson said, still wearing his uniform in a visitor’s locker room during Levi’s Stadium. “You’ve got to come behind improved than we (were) before.”
That’s been a devise given Peterson was backed in Apr after blank all though one diversion in 2014. He pronounced on a initial day of training stay his idea is to rush for 2,500 yards, and a Vikings raved about how he looked in practice.
Peterson, 30, showed flashes of his former MVP self Monday. Just demeanour during a brief pass he held around his possess 40-yard line before juking one 49ers defender and carrying 3 some-more for about 8 yards before another jumped on his behind to move him down after a benefit of 17.
But Peterson’s rushing numbers reflected how badly a Vikings offense struggled to get anything going behind an injury-depleted line, on a night second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater wasn’t during his best either.
“They were a lot some-more earthy than us,” Vikings ensure Brandon Fusco said. “They strike us in a mouth and we usually didn’t respond, fundamentally a whole night.”
Peterson carried a round usually 4 times for 14 yards in a initial half. The Vikings had some-more plays scripted for him early, manager Mike Zimmer said, though they checked out of some formed on a looks a 49ers showed. The initial expostulate — starting during San Francisco’s 26-yard line after a blocked margin idea — consisted of 3 Bridgewater passes, all incomplete.
Meanwhile, 49ers using behind Carlos Hyde ran wild, accounting for 168 yards and dual touchdowns on 26 carries, including a 10-yard measure usually before halftime that spun Vikings finish Everson Griffen into a belligerent and altered a vibe of what had been a scoreless game.
“Maybe we’re usually not prepared for primary time yet,” Zimmer said in a rather blunt comment of a group that has been a smart NFC playoff pick.
Said parsimonious finish Kyle Rudolph: “There were a lot of expectations and a lot of speak about how good we were going to be. We kind of got a nose burnished in a sand today. The good news is it’s Week 1. We have to learn from this and get better. We’re not as good as we suspicion we were.”
Every competition total to diversion devise to stop Peterson until a Vikings uncover they can win in other ways — much like it was in 2012, when he ran for 2,097 yards opposite incessant eight- and nine-man fronts, carrying Minnesota to a playoffs.
“That’s what we’ve got to get behind to as an offense,” Rudolph said. “No matter how many guys they put in a box, we have to settle a run diversion and retard it up.”
A witness as common during a preseason, Peterson certified feeling “kind of hesitant” running out of shotgun formations that are a tack in coordinator Norv Turner’s offense. But Zimmer pronounced Peterson didn’t have many holes anyway.
The authorised troubles are behind Peterson now. So is a severity with a Vikings, who showed good faith by compliance Peterson’s agreement before training camp. They named him a captain for Monday’s game, and Peterson emerged for early warmups to mostly cheers, save for one fan who yelled “Child beater!” on mixed occasions.
Now it’s about stability to confederate one of a game’s biggest weapons into a offense — and giving Peterson some-more room to operate, starting in a Vikings’ home opener Sunday opposite a Detroit Lions.
“Thank God it’s Week 1 and it’s usually one game,” Peterson said. “We have a local diversion entrance adult Sunday. We need to come out and take caring of business.”
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