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Adrian Peterson Has Sights Set on Eric Dickerson’s Rushing Record

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that nobody back in August predicted there would be discussion of Adrian Peterson breaking a single-season rushing record this year. Coming off of reconstructive knee surgery, people were unsure if Peterson was even going to play the entire season. No one predicted the season that has unfolded.

Peterson currently leads the league in rushing with 1,600 yards through 13 games this season. He’s been a man on mission, and a player that’s carried his team into playoff contention with three weeks to go. It took awhile, but most everyone finally has him in the MVP discussion, and it would be tough to argue against if he did take home the award.

But could Peterson break Eric Dickerson‘s record for rushing yards in a season (2,105)?

Mathematically it’s possible, and with AP, anything is possible on the football field. He’d have to average nearly 170 yards per game over the next three weeks, a high number, but an average that’s no doubt attainable. Peterson was asked on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday if he thought he could do it:

“I do, to be honest. The guys in front of me are doing a great job of blocking. I feel it’s possible.”

Normally, it would be a ‘what do you expect him to say’ situation, but not with Peterson. I’m sure he truly believes he can break the record. Patrick asked Peterson if he thought Dickerson should be nervous, to which he replied, “I think so.”

You’ve got to love the competitiveness from AP, there’s truly nothing he doesn’t think he can achieve in the game of football. I don’t want to doubt him, and no one should at this point, but the record does seem to be a bit of a stretch. Will I be surprised if he does break it? Absolutely not, because Adrian Peterson is setting new standards at the running back position.

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