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Oklahoma Sooners Football in the NFL: Ageless Adrian Peterson reached more milestones in Week 1

Plenty of other Sooners shined on the opening weekend of the 2018 NFL season.

Washington Redskins v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Donning a new number (26) in a new uniform, the indomitable Adrian Peterson, once again, made history during opening weekend of the 2018 NFL regular season. The former Oklahoma Sooners star finished his Washington debut with 26 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown and added another 70 on two receptions. With fellow Sooner Samaje Perine injured and rookie Derrius Guice out for the year, the seasoned veteran Peterson is taking advantage of the opportunities available in the injury-laden Washington backfield.

AD is now 10th all-time in the NFL rushing charts, passing Jim Brown on Sunday, and his 100th career touchdown vaults him to seventh in the history books. He’s also now only the seventh player in NFL history to the milestones of 12,000 yards and rushing 100 TDs in a career, joining six other guys who are already in Canton.

  • Peterson’s former Vikings teammate Sam Bradford fared a bit less spectacularly in his debut in Arizona. Under duress for most of the outing, Sammy B was able to muster up 153 yards and an interception in the Cardinals’ 24-6 loss.
  • The Giants No. 2 wideout Sterling Shepard caught five passes for 48 yards in the Giants loss against the Jags. His impactful blocking also led to a long TD run for Saquon Barkley.
  • Dede Westbrook had five receptions for 51 yards on the other side for the winning Jaguars. The two former OU star wide receivers then gave us this gem after the game.
  • But it was Dolphins’ enigmatic pass catcher Kenny Stills who topped the day for former Sooner wideouts. Stills dazzled with his elite speed all afternoon, finishing with four receptions for a team-high 106 yards and two touchdown receptions in the weather-delayed win over the Titans. Stills has now established himself as one of pro football’s premier deep threats.
  • Joe Mixon had a huge day in the Bengals’ win over the Colts, going for 95 yards on 17 rushes and a touchdown while also adding five receptions for 54 yards. It was a truly impressive outing by Joe, as duly noted by plenty of pundits.
  • Jordan Evans registered two tackles along with an assist in the win. Mixon and Evans are back in action this Thursday night in a divisional clash against the Ravens.
  • Baltimore Ravens safety Tony Jefferson racked up two tackles and assisted on two more, along with a big interception and two passes defended in a stompdown against the Bills.
  • Rookie tight end Mark Andrews caught three passes for 31 yards in the win.
  • Aaron Colvin grabbed two tackles and assisted on two more in his Texans debut against the Patriots.
  • Gerald McCoy grabbed a tackle and assisted on two in the Bucs high-scoring win in New Orleans.

These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:

(*denotes starter)

Orlando Brown (OT - Ravens), Geneo Grissom (DE - Patriots), *Lane Johnson (RT - Eagles), Baker Mayfield (QB - Browns), *Jordan Phillips (DT - Dolphins), *Tress Way (P - Washington), Damien Williams (RB - Chiefs), *Daryl Williams (RG - Panthers), *Trent Williams (LT - Washington), James Winchester (LS - Chiefs)

The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 1:

Jeff Badet (WR - Vikings, Practice Squad), Emmanuel Beal (LB - Seahawks, IR), Devante Bond (LB - Buccaneers, IR), Jermaine Gresham (TE - Cardinals), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (LB- Rams, PUP), Steven Parker (S- Rams, Practice Squad), Samaje Perine (RB - Washington), Stacy McGee (DT - Washington, PUP), Ahmad Thomas (LB - Colts, Practice Squad)