Adrian Peterson: Exchange with Sean Payton about running routes

Adrian Peterson says a first-half sideline exchange Monday night with coach Sean Payton was simply Peterson suggesting the New Orleans Saints run the ball up the middle, which they then did.

At first, Peterson said the brief exchange, video of which circulated on the internet during the game, was “confidential” and “just communication.”

When asked more questions after the Saints’ 29-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson offered a clarification.

“One thing I said to him was, ‘Hey, let’s run this inside zone.’ And we came out and we ran that,” said Peterson, who joked that he might have been yelling, “I love you!

Watson made the most of it early, providing a spark with a touchdown drive capped by his short scoring throw to his fellow Clemsonite at wideout, DeAndre Hopkins. While taking four more sacks vs. the Jaguars, he managed to use his legs to escape a collapsing pocket (two rushes for 16 yards), something Savage is incapable of doing.

On a day Houston needed an uplifting victory on the strength of J.J. Watt and the defense, Bill O’Brien’s initial decision to play Savage cost the Texans more than a game. Now they’re staring at 0-1, with the prospect of preparing Watson to make his first professional start on a short week, on the road at Cincinnati on Thursday night.

The Bengals are very beatable, given Watt and friends will face an offense led by Andy Dalton that failed to score a point in Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Baltimore. But a prime-time Cheap Jerseys Custom game against a talented Cincinnati defense away from the comforts of home is far from an ideal spot to officially Cheap Jerseys China NHL throw Watson into the fire, even against the misfiring “Red Rifle.”

The numbers paint an ugly picture for the home team’s starter.

Savage dropped back 19 times in the first two quarters and completed just seven of his passes. He averaged a meager 4.8 yards per pass — a full yard less than Osweiler’s 2016 mark.

But Savage’s failure to move the chains Sunday isn’t all on him. The Texans’ offensive line, putting together its best Auburn impression, allowed him to get sacked six times. When he did have time to plant his feet and look downfield, his targets were blanketed by what looks like one of the league’s elite secondaries. 2016 draft pick Jalen Ramsey and 2017 free agent acquisition A.J. Bouye kept top wideout DeAndre Hopkins in check, limiting him to a 43.8 percent catch rate.

Avril said he wasn’t aware that officials had flagged him for pushing Rodgers until later in the game.

“I was surprised, but then again I’m not surprised. Aaron Rodgers,” Avril said. “They try to protect their quarterbacks, but I don’t even think he fell to the ground. It’s funny, but it is what it is.”

Lane’s ejection elevated rookie Shaquill Griffin into the No. 2 cornerback role opposite Richard Sherman.

“I didn’t even know he threw a punch because there was a lot going on,” Adams said. “I didn’t know if they saw it or what actually happened. There was just a lot of hand fighting going on. Nothing Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys to try to kill each other, but it’s football.”

The Super Bowl 51 rematch was not scheduled as the season-opener as some had Cheap Jerseys China NHL hoped. But the Patriots probably don’t mind a few weeks of warm-ups before their grudge match against the team from which they stole the title.