This 2012 NFL season has been one that will be remembered for many years, but what fans are watching in Minnesota is going to top it all. Adrian Peterson is within shouting distance of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, and next week will be the biggest test in determining whether Peterson can actually reach the record. Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings hit the road to face the Houston Texans in a game that Houston may not care too much about.
Peterson topped 200 yards on Sunday during Minnesota’s win over the St. Louis Rams after being stopped early in the game. It is painfully clear now that Peterson came back so soon from last season’s knee injury with this goal in mind. There have been running backs in the last 30 years who have gotten to 2,000 yards, but could never get past Dickerson. Peterson has that look in his eye right now that no team and no one is going to stop him. I think if Peterson can get close to the 2,000 yard mark next week, which would mean 188 yards rushing, he will break the record against the Green Bay Packers the following week at home.
There was no way when this season began that anyone would have thought Peterson would be even close to this amount of yards or being a one-man wrecking crew. The Vikings are inept everywhere else on offense and Peterson may take the team to the playoffs on his broad shoulders alone. I can’t wait for next week to see if Peterson draws even closer.
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