Adrian Peterson optimistic about quick return following surgery

If the Vikings' defense continues to play like that, Peterson might remain active on twitter talking trash to doubters after Minnesota wins.

Three weeks into the season, the question has to be asked: Why can't it work for the Vikings? They were supposed to look hapless with the ball. They were opening a brand-new stadium, starting a brand-new quarterback and lost the franchise's best runningback in the second half.

After Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson opted for surgery on his right knee, some teammates were reportedly unhappy.

Kalil's surgery was to fix a labrum tear in his right hip.

The Vikings have been decimated with injuries this season, but there is reportedly a "chance" Peterson could return for a potential playoff run if the Vikings find themselves in the NFC North race come late December, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Not only have they beaten those two teams the last two weeks, but they have done so in dominating fashion.

"I'm going to say they're No. 1", he said.

The Carolina Panthers (1-1) are coming from a 46-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

His Vikings, understandably an underdog despite their undefeated record, went on the road to beat the Panthers, 22-10, on Sunday without the services of their star running back. It wasn't exactly the flawless recipe for a win against one of the league's premier teams in the Green Bay Packers. They used defense and mistake-free football to collect their first win of the year. "He said he's so invested in this team that he had to go get a workout in to get some stress relief". It's a players' game, and these guys have been executing and doing a nice job.

Some young, inexperienced players, and some new additions to the team, have really had to step up and fill in for the players the Vikings have been missing this season. Speedy third-year pro Jerick McKinnon is expected to start Sunday's game at Carolina. He doesn't have an MVP or a Heisman trophy, but he does have two Super Bowl MVP awards.

Bradford was originally going to be the starter of the Philadelphia Eagles this season, but the Vikings made the trade for him after Bridgwater's injury. His 23 tackles in Minnesota's first three games rank him first among the team's defensive lineman.

Not many people believed he would be able to have the kind of success he has had early on and he wants to keep playing as though people are expecting him to fail.

Zimmer said having Griffen, Hunter and defensive end Brian Robison putting so much pressure on quarterbacks is helping Joseph get opportunities, and he's been taking advantage of them. "That's us as an offense, us as players going out there and making plays". If that was going to happen, she was going to hold off as long as she could until we got back. The Panthers had averaged 40.4 points in their previous seven home games, but were shut out for the final 50 minutes of Sunday's game as the Vikings jumped to third in scoring defense (13.3) and first in sacks per pass play with eight punishing sacks of reigning league MVP Cam Newton. In March, owners approved a rule change that allows each team to reinstate one player from IR without designating the player in advance.

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