Adrian Peterson Will Break Eric Dickerson’s NFL Rushing Record

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I have no reason not to believe that Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will break Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson’s 28-year-old single season rushing yards record this year.

Dickerson ran for a heavenly 2,105 yards while he was a member of the St. Louis Rams back in 1984. The most impressive aspect is that Dickerson set the mark just his second year in the NFL.

This offensive outburst is eerily similar to Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson’s incredible season in 2009, when he scampered for 2,006 rushing yards in his second NFL season.

Coming off of a catastrophic ACL tear last season, Peterson has sprinted back to his original form and his elite level of play. Opposite of Peterson, when a player usually under goes ACL surgery they are never quite the same when they return to action.

Peterson has racked up a monstrous 1,812 rushing yards already this season, with two games left to play. This leaves Peterson 293 rushing yards short of Dickerson’s record, which means he will need to average 146.5 rushing yards per game in his final two contests.

For most professional running backs, tallying just less than 147 rushing yards in two consecutive games would be incredibly difficult. But when it comes to Peterson, I have no doubt that he is capable of doing so.

Not only is Peterson capable of just about any feat right now, but he has also already rushed for over 150 yards in a ridiculous 6 games this season. The Vikings’ running back is also currently hanging onto a streak of 8 consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing.

I strongly believe that Peterson will cruise past Dickerson’s 2,105-yard mark in the Vikings’ final game against their division rival, the Green Bay Packers, in Week 17.

The only thing working against Peterson is that he plays a very impressive 5th ranked Houston Texan’s rushing defense in his Week 16 match-up. The Packers’ rushing defense isn’t bad, but is closer towards the middle of the pack, currently sitting at 14th in the league.

But the way I see it, the 2012 version of Peterson can trample over any caliber of defense.

Keep watching Peterson grind up these defensive units in his final two games, and watch in awe as you witness the young man make his biggest mark on NFL history.

 

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