Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has big expectations for his first game of the season, going as far as saying that on his first carry this Sunday (Sept. 7), he going for a touchdown.

“Yeah, I might as well speak it: Touchdown, first run,” Peterson said Thursday (Sept. 4), according to

Last year, Peterson predicted the same thing, though he hadn’t played during the preseason, telling his teammates before the first game of the season, against the Detroit Lions, that he was going all the way.

“I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to take the first carry to the house,'” Peterson said. “I really didn’t think about it. I really didn’t mean it when I said it. And then when it happened, I came to the sideline and they reminded me, ‘Oh, man, you said you were going to do that!'”

His first carry was a 78-yard touchdown, and believes he will do it again this season.

“I’ll say it again,” Peterson said Thursday. “Hopefully it’ll work out the same way.”

Peterson didn’t play this preseason again, and will finally see action on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.