DETROIT — Adrian Peterson took his first handoff of the 2013 season, cut to the right and outran the Detroit secondary for a 78-yard touchdown.
That was pretty much the highlight for the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson’s three-touchdown day wasn’t enough to offset a slew of careless mistakes on both sides of the ball.
Peterson ended up with only 93 yards rushing, and the Vikings turned the ball over four times in Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Lions.
Detroit made enough of its own miscues to keep this game close, but Minnesota couldn’t capitalize.
“Playing a good defensive front like Detroit’s, we’ve got to be technique-sound,” Peterson said. “Offensively, we really weren’t sound with everything, pretty much the entire game.”
Christian Ponder threw for 236 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted three times. Ponder was also charged with a fourth-quarter fumble on an exchange with Peterson.
The Vikings trailed 27-24 at the time, and the turnover gave the Lions the ball at the Minnesota 39, setting up the game’s final touchdown.
“I put that on me, still,” Peterson said. “I think it touched my hands. Either way, I’ve got to corral that ball and get it in.”
Peterson’s long touchdown opened the scoring, and he added a 4-yard TD run in the second quarter to give Minnesota a 14-6 lead.
But by the end of the game, he’d been overshadowed by Reggie Bush.
In his Detroit debut, Bush had 191 total yards, including a 77-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the third quarter that looked vaguely similar to Peterson’s long run to the same end zone earlier.
Detroit outgained Minnesota 469-330 and had the ball for more than 36 minutes, but the Lions were their own worst enemy in the first half and didn’t take their first lead until the third quarter.