Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was named the NFCâ€™s offensive player of the week for the fourth time in his career after his 160-yard output in a victory over the Detroit Lions last Sunday.
Half of that came on his 80-yard juke-to-the-outside run for a touchdown. That also happened to be the longest run by a Viking player inside the Metrodome.
Thatâ€™s a little crazy considering itâ€™s been the home to speedsters Robert Smith and Michael Bennett.
Plus, the dome was also the setting for Dallasâ€™ Tony Dorsettâ€™s 99-yard romp in 1983 and San Diegoâ€™s Antonio Cromartieâ€™s 109-yard return of a missed field goal in 2007.
Bennett previously had the longest run by a VikingÂ in the dome, a 78-yard run against the New York Giants in 2002. Minnesota’s Clinton Jones had an 80-yard TD at Metropolitan Stadium 41 years ago.
Petersonâ€™s previous long run was 73-yards for a score at Soldier Field in 2007.
The longest run ever by a Viking? Well, think about this for a moment. He was the third-down back last season.
Â The departed Chester Taylor has two rushes in the top three: a 95-yard run at Seattle in 2006 and an 84-yard TD at San Francisco in 2007. Sandwiched in there is Bennettâ€™s 85-yard run at Tampa Bay in 2002.
For the season, Peterson leads the NFC with 392 yards rushing. His fourth NFC OPOW award is the most by a Minnesota running back.
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (9 tackles, 1 INT) was nominated for NFC Defensive Player of the Week and punter Chris Kluweâ€™s 43.2-yard average and 4 of 5 punts inside the 20 also was considered for special teams player.