The New Orleans Saints debut of Adrian Peterson didn’t go as he’d probably imagined it.
Against his former squad, the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson managed just 18 yards from scrimmage, rushing six times and failing to haul in his lone target in the passing game.
Fellow running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram rushed seven and six times, respectively, and were equally as ineffective against a stingy Vikings front, running for 18 and 17 yards.
After halftime, ESPN broadcast a sideline confrontation between Peterson and Saints head coach Sean Payton.
In the clip, in which we can’t hear what’s being said, Peterson shouts something at Payton, then gives his head coach a death stare before the two disengage.
Sean Payton, Adrian Peterson on the sideline pic.twitter.com/MMHfvJ3gcr
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After the Saints’ 29-19 defeat, Peterson admitted that “it’s tough” not being the centerpiece of an offense as he was in Minnesota.
“Of course it’s tough. I’m your ultimate competitor,” he said, according to the Times-Picayune. “It was tough, but I knew the type of situation I was coming into. So, at the end of the day, we just got to figure out how we can just do better.”
Still, he denied any ill will toward Payton.
“We weren’t in any heated exchange,” Peterson said. “I’d tell you if we were in a heated exchange, so why don’t you ask him? I think he was into it; we were all into it. There was none that I can recall, and I’m being honest. … One thing I said to him was let’s run this inside zone, and we came out and we ran it.”
“It’s a tough one to start the season with,” Payton said during his postgame press conference. “I don’t know where to begin. First off, obviously we settled for too many field goals offensively and all of a sudden got in a catch-up mode.”