If you paid attention to the Minnesota Vikings last season, you must live in the Land of 10,000 Lakers. They were irrelevant. However, there was one spark.
Rookie receiver Cordarelle Patterson proved to be more than just an adequate replacement for swiss army knife Percy Harvin. In the return game, he set a new NFL record for longest kick return by taking back a 99-yarder against Green Bay and offensively, he made defenders look downright silly whether he's rising up for catches or doin' ground work.
At 6-2, Patterson possesses Dez Bryant-like athleticism, breakaway speed and is a violent runner. Patterson's route running is still a work in progress, but the Vikings still find ways to get him the ball in the backfield and on Sunday, he delivered another majestic 67-yard end zone sprint en route to a 100 yard rushing performance.
I know he wanted a touchdown to start his season off right, but he ain't have to do 'em like that.
Anyways, in case you were wondering, Adrian Peterson finished with a modest 75 yards.