"We've got to get the mindset that (No.) 28 probably ain't going to be here with us," Patterson said, per ESPN.com. "So we have to come in and do what we do best."
Peterson was deactivated after being charged Friday with reckless or negligent injury to a child. His future with the franchise remains up in the air as the legal process plays out.
The Vikings' offense couldn't get traction without Peterson to carry the load Sunday. Simply, Peterson is the locomotive driving Minnesota's offense. Without him in the backfield the entire train got derailed. It could stay that way for some time.
Rookie coach Mike Zimmer, however, bristled at the notion that Peterson's situation affected his team.