Adrian Peterson opted the professional route Sunday when talking about his lack of ground attempts in the second half, but make no bones about his fury according to Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.
The Vikings superstar running back is angry with the club’s separation from the rushing department in the second half of Sunday’s crushing 26-23 overtime loss to the division rival Lions, Peterson’s father, Nelson Peterson, said Tuesday.
After 12 attempts for 73 yards in the first half, the Vikings called Peterson’s number only five times for five yards in the second half and chose for backup Toby Gerhart on an unsuccessful fourth-and-1 run early in the fourth quarter that proved to be a momentum-changer in the game.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb tossed 18 second-half passes.
“I see the agony on his face,” Nelson said of his son. “He was frustrated that they weren’t going to him. He wanted to help them win the game. Five carries in the second half? That’s 2.5 carries per quarter. He thought that with a 20-0 lead, he was ready to lead them to a victory. He’s being a good sport about it, but he’s upset.”