Zackary Bowman doesn’t purport to be a mind reader but the Bears cornerback was pretty sure what Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was probably thinking as the Vikings prepared to host the Bears next Sunday in the dome:
“That he can have a big day against us,” Bowman thought-projected without the aid of a Vulcan mind-meld, which he didn’t particularly need to be in the mind of Peterson.
Peterson on Wednesday didn’t rule “big day” out. Having gained 100 yards in game two vs. the Bears when they had Lance Briggs, Henry Melton, Nate Collins, Charles Tillman and D.J. Williams, he wasn’t being specific with a forecast.
But neither was he being exactly conservative nor athletically correct.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t really want to sit here and make any predictions. I just want to contribute and do whatever it takes to help my team win.
“If that’s 300 yards, perfect. If that’s 150, perfect. Fifty with a hundred and something receiving ... Any way I can help my team get this ‘W’ this weekend, that’s pretty much all I’m worried about. I’m just going to go out there and play ball, and let the chips fall where they may.”
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So wait. The running back who holds the NFL record of 296 rushing yards in a single game throws out “300” as the first figure that comes to mind?
Peterson burst out laughing. “Don’t make that the headline,” he said.
Ok. We didn’t. But the future Hall of Fame back suggested no number of total yards below 150.