Stat Line Of The Night — 10/9/11 — Adrian Peterson
Many people have been quick to criticize the Minnesota Vikings’ play-calling, as they have failed to get the ball in Adrian Peterson’s hands while protecting the lead in the second half of games throughout the first four weeks of the 2011 NFL season. The Vikings’ running back has previously voiced his displeasure with his lack of touches late in games, but rather than whine about it on Sunday, he decided to make the most of his early opportunities.
The Vikings handed Peterson the ball nine times in the opening quarter, and he turned that into 59 rushing yards and three touchdowns. That helped Minnesota jump out to the 28-0 first quarter lead, as Peterson became the first player to rush for three first quarter touchdowns since 1999. He would finish the game with 29 carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns, as the Vikings held on to their lead this time around and walked away from this game with the 34-10 victory.
Peterson’s performance moved him into a tie with Beanie Wells for the most rushing touchdowns this season. It also earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, October 9, 2011.