‘‘Congrats to (Adrian) Peterson on becoming the 7th member of the 2K club,’’ Johnson tweeted, ‘‘now let’s see who can run down ED.’’
With second-year quarterback Christian Ponder going through some highs and lows, and the Vikings missing top receiver Percy Harvin with an ankle injury, the passing offense has ranked last in the league. Peterson is averaging more yards per rush than Ponder does per pass and his seven rushes of 50 yards tied him with Sanders in 1997 for the NFL record.
All the while, Peterson has said he'd take the first postseason berth in three years over 2,000 yards any day. But it was no secret that the individual achievement was important to him.
Unlike baseball, the NFL has few numbers that immediately grab the public’s attention. One of those is 2,000 yards, especially in this new pass-happy league. Peterson entered the game with 1,898 yards, more than 400 better than Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, who was in second place.
‘‘Adrian so many times made plays on his own,’’ Frazier said. ‘‘He’s special in every way.’’
AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker contributed to this story.
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