Peterson Runs Through Steelers in London
Playing in London against Pittsburgh, Adrian Peterson ran for a season-high 140 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns as the Vikings defeated the Steelers, 34-27, in front of 83,518 fans at Wembley Stadium.
With the Vikings up 10-7 in the second quarter, Peterson took a handoff right tackle, side-stepped one defender, stiff-armed another and then used his breakaway speed to score on an electrifying 60-yard touchdown run.
According to Minnesota, Peterson has 20 runs of 50 yards and 13 runs of 60 yards in his career. Of those 13 runs of 60 or more yards, 12 have gone for touchdowns, which is the most of any player since 1940. The next closest is former Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown, who had nine.
In the third quarter, Peterson waltzed in from seven yards out to extend Minnesota’s lead to 27-17.
Peterson now has two multi-touchdown games this year and 20 in his career. The Vikings are 14-6 in those games. His 81 rushing touchdowns are more than any other player since entering the league in 2007.
Saints Grab Monday Night Victory
Playing in front of a Monday Night Football audience, the New Orleans Saints rolled over previously unbeaten Miami, 38-17, to remain as one of five teams left in the NFL without a loss this season.
Three former Sooners played a role in the win. Linebacker Curtis Lofton finished with six tackles and also forced a fumble as the Dolphins appeared poised to enter Saints territory. Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill scrambled up the middle for eight yards but Lofton dove in and punched the ball free with his right hand. New Orleans took over and scored on the ensuing drive to take a 14-3 lead.
Rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills caught four passes for 38 yards, while kicker Garrett Hartley made a 29-yard field goal in the win.
Former Sooners Square off In Sunshine State
Rookie safety Tony Jefferson had a career-high seven tackles as Arizona won at Tampa Bay, 13-10, on Sunday.
Running back DeMarco Murray ran for 70 yards on 14 carries and caught five passes for 22 yards, while James Hanna started at tight end for Dallas as the Cowboys lost at San Diego, 30-21… Sam Bradford threw for 202 yards in a 35-11 loss to San Francisco on Thursday night; among the highlights were a six-yard touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks and a 27-yard completion to Austin Pettis … tight end Jermaine Gresham caught three passes for a team-high 53 yards, including this 26-yard grab, in Cincinnati’s 17-6 loss to Cleveland … linebacker Travis Lewis made two tackles on special teams in Detroit’s 40-32 win over Chicago … defensive back Dominique Franks broke up a pass, though Atlanta lost at home to New England, 30-23 … Chris Chester (right guard) and Trent Williams (left tackle) started for Washington in its 24-14 win over Oakland, while rookie defensive tackle Stacy McGee had one tackle for the Raiders … Lane Johnson started at right tackle for Philadelphia in the Eagles’ 52-20 loss at Denver
This and That
The following players saw playing time but did not record any stats: wide receiver Ryan Broyles (Detroit), defensive back Jamell Fleming (Jacksonville), offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (Kansas City) … Landry Jones (Pittsburgh) was inactive … Frank Alexander (Carolina) was on a bye in Week Four