Minnesota Vikings Need Big, Not Record-Breaking Season From Adrian Peterson

By Andrew Fisher
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Is there a more confident player in the NFL than Adrian Peterson? There’s nothing the running back deems as impossible on the football field. This is a guy who’s set his 2012 goal at 2,500 rushing yards, so when he was recently asked about breaking the single-season rushing record, football fans everywhere knew what his answer would be.

“I feel like I will definitely break it. Yeah, I’m going after it this year,” said AP.

We all know how close he came to breaking the mark last year (nine yards), and at the same time, we all know that those nine yards have probably ate at the MVP running back all offseason. It’s just the type of competitor he is. But for the Minnesota Vikings, the more relevant question – is another recording-breaking season a good thing for the team as a whole?

It’s no secret that the Vikings need to improve their passing game. If AP has another 2,000 yard season in 2013, that will probably be a sign that the team’s passing game has not evolved. If Minnesota’s air attack isn’t any better in 2013, the team simply won’t take the next step. So while it would be cool to see Peterson run all over teams en route to the record and possibly another MVP, it won’t be a good thing for the Vikings.

Best case scenario for Minnesota is AP having another big season (1,500-1,600) yards, while Christian Ponder amasses at least 3,500 yards through the air. The Vikings need more balance to be a true threat in this year’s NFC.


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