The case for Peterson
Adrian Peterson is running toward the record books. After coming back from another devastating knee injury, he's piled up 1,898 yards rushing, finding new ways to add to his legendary elusiveness in doing so. He's averaging 6 yards a clip and his 1,898 yards are better than 24 NFL teams. Whether he's breaking tackles, outrunning defenders, or simply being an athletic freak of nature, he's helped the Vikings to a 9-6 record. With 207 more yards, he could break Eric Dickerson's NFL rushing record of 2,105 yards in a season.
Peterson's top performance comes from Week 15, a 36-22 win over the St. Louis Rams. He picked up 212 yards rushing and a touchdown on 24 carries. It was his eighth straight game with at least 100 yards rushing and a huge step toward Dickerson's record.
“I think about [Eric Dickerson's record], but I don’t try to think about it too much,” said Peterson, according to the Sporting News. “I feel like it will happen. It’s obvious we’re going to continue to run the ball.”