On Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Lions will take on the Minnesota Vikings for the first time this season as they renew their NFC North rivalry.
It will be a huge game in terms of the standings for both teams but for a couple of players on the Lions, the game will mean even more.
Those two players are RB Adrian Peterson and DE Everson Griffen.
Peterson’s father recently spoke to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press and he made it very clear that his son still remembers how the Vikings hurt him by releasing him.
“(This game) means a hell of a lot to him,” Nelson Peterson told the Free Press this week. “Every time he goes back, he’s looking for the opportunity to show that he still can play, that they made the (wrong) decision by releasing him.”
“I mean, if we’re being honest about it, hurt is there,” he said. “You remember who hurt you. The hurt that you felt when you’re negotiating a contract, you feel like you’re at the part of your contract where there’s no more guaranteed money, and we know they’re not going to pay ($18 million), but we never expected not to get an offer. Like, damn, we’re just through? And from that point on, I mean, they brought in Latavius Murray for what? You might as well have kept Adrian and gave him that money you gave him for what he did there. It didn’t work out. You followed it. You seen it yourself.”
Nation, do you think Peterson will come out and get a lot of opportunities vs. the Vikings or will rookie D’Andre Swift get the majority of the touches today?