After suffering a torn ACL in Week 16 of the 2011 season, nobody expected Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to even be ready for the start of the regular season in 2012, but the running back overcame all obstacles and looked better than ever. In fact, Peterson never looked better than he did in 2012 as he worked his way into the NFL record books after rushing for 2,097 yards (nine yards shy of the record) to go along with 12 touchdowns–which is why the running back has set the bar high for himself heading into next season.
Peterson single-handedly carried Minnesota to the playoffs last season and with an offseason filled with numerous key changes, there’s no reason why that shouldn’t be the case once again in 2013. The Vikings will go as far as Peterson is willing to carry them and while it may be difficult to top his numbers from last year, Peterson claims he has what it takes to rush for 2,500 yards next year–which is a bit ridiculous.
Obviously, there’s no question the potential is certainly there for Peterson to break the 2,000-yard mark again, but 2,500 rushing yards is a bit extreme for any running back playing in a 16-game season. In order for this to happen, Peterson would need to average over 156 rushing yards per game and it wouldn’t be a surprise if things were more difficult for the running back in 2013 when it comes to production.
Defenders saw what Peterson was capable of doing last year and you can count on them spending hours studying game film to make sure that doesn’t happen again. There’s no reason why Peterson shouldn’t display big numbers once again next year–just not 2,500 rushing yards.
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