Could Adrian Peterson Break NFL Rushing Record?

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When the 2012 NFL season started, there were some things that just didn’t seem possible. There has been the revival of the Indianapolis Colts, the falling apart of the Philadelphia Eagles and Adrian Peterson being a productive back from the first game of the season.

Peterson once again ran all over an opposing defense Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings win over the Chicago Bears to pull within one game of a playoff spot. Peterson is now at 1,600 yards for the season and I think Peterson has an outside chance of even getting to the NFL rushing record of 2,105 yards set by Eric Dickerson in 1984.

Peterson is only 506 yards away from breaking the record and would become the fifth running back in NFL history to break 2,000 yards in the process. Was this even possible when we all saw Peterson on the ground on Christmas Eve last season? I certainly didn’t think it was. Peterson though has his mind set on trying to get to the record.

Peterson faces the St. Louis Rams next week before a game against the Houston Texans the following week who may be resting players. Peterson finishes the season at home against the Green Bay Packers, who could be resting players as well. Is it possible for Peterson to do? There is no doubt it will be very close on Peterson getting to the record. I don’t think he will get there but I think he will get past 2,000 yards which would be quite the accomplishment in itself.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.


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