It all comes down to one game.
Peterson, eyeing Eric Dickerson’s single-season NFL rushing yards record of 2,105, is 208 yards away from carving his name into stone as one of the best running backs to ever grace the football field.
The best part of this scenario is that 208 yards against the Packers is definitely doable for Peterson. Not only has the Vikings’ All-Pro ball-carrier already broken the 200-yard mark twice this season, but one of those instances came in Week 13 against the Packers. During that game, Peterson amassed 210 yards on 21 carries, averaging an astounding 10 yards per carry. He scored one touchdown on the game as well, but his huge day on the ground wasn’t enough to lift the Vikings past the Packers.
This regular season finale against the Packers will be the biggest game in Vikings franchise history since their tragic defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFC Championship. Although Peterson has made it clear that a playoff berth is first on his list of priorities, you have to think that he’ll have his sights set on eclipsing Dickerson’s record along the way. How about a two-for-one?
Over the past nine games, Peterson has averaged 155 yards on the ground. The Packers, however, are averaging only 112 rushing yards allowed per game on the season, and looked good on Sunday when they limited the Tennessee Titans to only 79 yards on the ground. Peterson has proven once already this season that he can exploit their inconsistent run defense, though.
It’s been a long, strenuous journey for Peterson and the 9-6 Vikings, who surprisingly find themselves one win away from a trip to the postseason only one year after finishing 3-13.