Sooners in the NFL – Week 1 Recap
Heading into the start of the 2012 NFL season, major questions surrounded Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he tore his ACL during Week 16 of the 2011 season. Well, all Peterson did a year ago was come back from his injury to become the NFL’s Most Valuable Player (the first Sooner to win the award) and finish nine yards shy of surpassing the NFL's single-season record established by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams (2,105 yards in 1984).
Peterson picked up right where he left off in week one of the 2013 season, taking a handoff on the Vikings’ first play from scrimmage and racing 78 yards for a score. After juking out one defender in the second level, Peterson used his breakaway speed to pull away from the rest of Detroit’s defenders.
It was just the start of a three-score game for Peterson as he also scored on a four-yard run and a four-yard touchdown reception. All told, Peterson rushed for 93 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns on 18 carries and added four catches for 18 yards and another touchdown.
Bradford Keys Rams Victory
Now in his fourth season under center with the St. Louis Rams, Sam Bradford is looking to build off a 2012 campaign that saw him throw a career-high 21 touchdown passes and 3,702 yards. Judging by his performance in the Rams’ 27-24 win over Arizona, Bradford seems poised to do just that.
The Heisman Trophy winner completed 27 of 38 passes for 299 yards, threw two touchdowns and ran in a successful two-point conversion in St. Louis’ comeback win.
Trailing 24-13 after the third quarter, Bradford connected with tight end Jared Cook on a 36-yard gain and then later found Cook from a yard out to pull the Rams to within 24-19. In converting the two-point try, Bradford took a shotgun snap and scored on a quarterback draw.
The touchdown pass to Cook was one of two on the day for the pair, as they connected earlier in the final minute of the first half on a 13-yard scoring play.
With the scored tied up at 24-24 later in the fourth, Bradford engineered the game-winning drive by again finding his top target in Cook. A 25-yard pass with 1:19 to play moved the Rams into Cardinals’ territory, and four plays later Greg Zuerlein booted the go-ahead field goal.
Sooners Represented on Monday Night Football
The University of Oklahoma’s ability to produce standout offensive linemen was plenty evident during the Monday Night Football game between Washington and Philadelphia as three of the starting 10 linemen wore the Crimson and Cream.
For Washington, Chris Chester started at right guard while Trent Williams got the starting nod at left tackle. For Philadelphia, Lane Johnson, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, started at right tackle. It was Johnson who emerged with bragging rights, though, as the Eagles won 33-27.
Along with Johnson, other former Sooners were making their NFL debut in week one.
Undrafted free agent safety Tony Jefferson recovered a fumble on special teams during Arizona’s 27-24 loss to St. Louis, while defensive tackle Stacy McGee had one tackle in Oakland’s 21-17 loss to Indianapolis.
In New Orleans, rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills caught two passes for 86 yards, including a 67-yard reception in the second quarter.
Running back DeMarco Murray rushed 20 times for a game-high 86 yards and caught eight passes for 39 yards in a 36-31 win over the New York Giants on Sunday night … tight end Jermaine Gresham caught five passes for 35 yards in Cincinnati’s 24-21 loss to Chicago … New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley was a perfect 3-3 on field goals, converting from 22, 31 and 48 yards, and Curtis Lofton had five tackles in the Saints’ 23-17 win over Atlanta … Gerald McCoy tallied two tackles and Davin Joseph started at right guard in Tamp Bay’s 18-17 last-second loss to the New York Jets … Travis Lewis had two tackles in Detroit’s loss to Minnesota, while Phil Loadholt got the start at right tackle in the game for the Vikings
This and That
The following players saw playing time but did not record any stats: Frank Alexander (Carolina), Dominique Franks (Atlanta), James Hanna (Dallas), Donald Stephenson (Kansas City) … Ryan Broyles (Detroit), Jamell Fleming (Arizona) and Landry Jones (Pittsburgh) were all inactive