AP’s 80-yard TD puts stamp on dome

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is off to the races Sunday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was named the NFC’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.

That’s a little crazy considering it’s been the home to speedsters Robert Smith and Michael Bennett.

Plus, the dome was also the setting for Dallas’ Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard romp in 1983 and San Diego’s Antonio Cromartie’s 109-yard return of a missed field goal in 2007.

Bennett previously had the longest run by a Viking 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.

Peterson’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.

 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 Bennett’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 Kluwe’s 43.2-yard average and 4 of 5 punts inside the 20 also was considered for special teams player.