Adrian Peterson's Quest For NFL Rushing Record Looks Derailed

By Andy Schmidt
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson has made a major comeback from his knee injury on Christmas Eve of last season being within striking distance of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing yards record. Peterson suffered a setback on Sunday with a sub-par game and now will need 208 yards against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday to break the record. That hill just might be too high to climb for the Minnesota Vikings’ running back though.

I was of the thought that Peterson had to get to close to 2,000 yards for the season by the end of that game against the Houston Texans and Peterson didn’t even reach 1,900 yards. The Vikings’ final game is going to mean something at home against Green Bay as a Minnesota victory gets them into the playoffs so I would not be surprised if Peterson runs the ball 40 times so the Vikings can reach the postseason. The problem is that Green Bay is also playing for something now and with Minnesota being a one-man band these days on offense, Peterson could be shut down again.

Whatever Peterson does do though, it has been an amazing year for him after his gruesome injury just a year ago. Peterson will likely get to 2,000 yards for the season which is a great accomplishment even for a player not coming off injury but I don’t think now that Peterson can get to the record. It is a real shame that it likely won’t happen because it would have been worth a ton to see the reaction of Peterson and the fans in Minnesota if the record was broken.

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

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