So much has changed since November 4, 2007. The Metrodome is gone, soon to be replaced by the Vikings’ new home, U.S. Bank Stadium. LaDainian Tomlinson, the league’s leading rusher that year, has since retired and joined the crew at NFL Network. And the Vikings finally have a legitimate starting quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater.
One thing, however, remains the same. Despite a number of obstacles — a terrifying knee injury, last season’s year-long suspension, and a bitter contract dispute — Adrian Peterson will line up in the Vikings’ backfield when Minnesota hosts the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Why is November 4, 2007 so important? It was Adrian Peterson’s explosive introduction to the NFL, a 30-carry, 296-yard performance that set the league’s all-time record for rushing yards in a single game. The rookie and seventh-overall selection out of Oklahoma had already put together a 224-yard outing against the Chicago Bears in Week 5, but took his game to another level against the Chargers.
“It was a like from the beginning of the game, he was on a different level. He was running at a different speed,” Tomlinson told Chris Tomasson in a recent interview. “He was playing at a different level than what our defense was playing then.
As the Vikings prepare for the Chargers this week, all eyes are on Adrian Peterson, who will try to elevate his game a second time and break a still-standing record from eight years ago.