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Detroit Lions Unsung Hero of the Week: Adrian Peterson revenge game?

The former Viking had his best day in months.

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Adrian Peterson quickly wore out his welcome among Detroit Lions fans when, after a solid start to the season, things started to go south. Peterson averaged 3.4 yards per carry against the Cardinals in Week 3, and gradually got worse over the next month and a half until he averaged 1.4 yards on five carries in Week 8 against the Colts. Since then, there has become a joke that after Peterson has his first good run of the game, he has “used up his one good run for the day.” Sunday, he had plenty in the tank.

Unsung hero of the week: RB Adrian Peterson

Peterson finished the day with seven carries for 63 yards against his former team. It was the largest role Peterson has played since Darrell Bevell took over as head coach against the Bears in the first week of December, a game in which Peterson had 16 rushes for 57 yards. On Sunday, Peterson rushed for more yards on less than half the carries.

It was also Peterson’s first time seeing the end zone since the Bears game. With an average of 9.0 yards per carry, it was Peterson’s best yards per carry average for the season (by far) and the most rushing yards since that Week 3 game against the Cardinals. Mind you, Peterson had 22 rushing attempts that game.

Peterson is on a one-year contract and is already 35 years old, but has expressed interest in coming back next year. Whether this was or was not his last game with the Lions, he certainly finished the season with a bang.

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