At this point, Adrian Peterson is a strong candidate for both the MVP and Comeback Player of the Year awards.
But Peterson, who tore two ligaments in his knee only last Christmas Eve, is also making a run at one of the most glittering records in pro football. He is 294 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s 32-year-old single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. To get there, Peterson will have to average 147 yards over the next two games, up from his season average of 129.4.
On Sunday, he rushed for 212 yards in the Minnesota Vikings’ 36-22 victory over the St. Louis Rams, increasing his total to 1,812 yards. He admitted that he’s been paying attention to Dickerson’s record.
“Yeah, it’s been in my sights,” Peterson said. “I’m not focusing on it. It’s in the back of my head that, hey I definitely want to accomplish that. I look at today’s game and I could have had 300.”
Peterson has been on a rampage of late, rushing for 1,313 yards over his last eight games. But if he is to get the record, he’ll have to really earn it. The Minnesota Vikings play the Houston Texans on Sunday and Green Bay Packers on Dec. 30. The Texans have the league’s fifth-ranked defense against the run (allowing an average of 93.2 yards per game) and the Packers have the 14th (114.3-yard average). Only two weeks ago, he rushed for 210 yards against Green Bay.
Will Peterson break Dickerson’s record?