It was a relatively quiet first half for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson on Sunday, but the second-year player more than made up for it in the second half of the team's 34-6 season-opening win over the St. Louis Rams. Patterson ended the game with 128 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in the rout.
Patterson had only three catches for 26 yards, but added three rushes for 102 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. He was the team's leading rusher and second-leading receiver in the game.
Fantasy impact: This game was a lot like the ones Patterson put together near the end of last season, when he scored in a variety of unpredictable ways. He wasn't a huge part of the passing game, but he had three different rushing opportunities that all went for double-digit yards, and he returned two kicks for a combined 48 yards as well.
Patterson had been a fantasy up-and-comer in drafts leading up to the season, with his stock steadily rising, and he didn't disappoint. His last few doubters are likely fading away after this open to the season.