Adrian Peterson did the improbable by running for a 78-yard touchdown on his first carry last season, and the Minnesota Vikings running back is confident that he will be able to do it again in 2014.
He did his best last year to follow up his 2,097-yard campaign of 2012, and he certainly got off to a good start. According to ESPN.com's Ben Goessling, Peterson had predicted during a running backs meeting that he would score a touchdown on his first carry of the season last year.
"I was like, 'Man, I'm going to take the first carry to the house,'" Peterson said. "I really didn't think about it. I really didn't mean it when I said it. And then when it happened, I came to the sideline and they reminded me, 'Oh, man, you said you were going to do that!'"
He had everyone buzzing.
Now he is willing to call his shot again this year. But this time, he is letting everyone know before it happens.
"Yeah, I might as well speak it: Touchdown, first run," Peterson said, per Goessling. "I'll say it again. Hopefully it'll work out the same way."
Those words have fantasy football owners everywhere anxious to see if the Vikings star can make good on his prediction.
St. Louis hosts Minnesota in Week 1. The last time Peterson faced the Rams was back during his monster 2012 season, when he ran for 212 yards and a TD in the game. The Rams defensive line is no joke this year. If he's going to take the first carry to the house, he's going to have to earn it. Of course, if the Vikings are able to get good field position or a big pass to start the game, Peterson would have a much better chance of accomplishing the feat once again.
If there's one thing that we have learned in the past, it's that you should never doubt Peterson. The Vikings running back never ceases to amaze, so keep an eye on him this weekend.