We all know that Adrian Peterson is no ordinary running back. Some people would even argue that he’s no ordinary human. After falling just short of breaking the single-season NFL rushing record in 2012, Peterson made headlines this past summer when he declared that he was going to amass 2,500 rushing yards in 2013. Through two games, he’s not quite on pace. At the same time, he’s still doing pretty dang well.
After two contests, AP is averaging 96.5 yards per game. He hit the century mark in week two, but head coach Leslie Frazier said after the contest that his RB may have been trying too hard. Now, Peterson has come out and agreed with Frazier’s assessment that he was trying trying to hit a home run on every play:
“I was worried about the things that I left out there on the field and how much better I could’ve performed. I was just able to confirm that I was hesitant on some [runs]. Even though I didn’t realize it when I was out there, I could see on film that I was trying to do too much instead of taking what the defense gave me.”
This is a good problem to have if you’re an NFL running back – trying too hard to take every rush to the house. 100-yard games just aren’t good enough for AP and that’s something every back wishes they had to deal with.
As much as fans would like to see Peterson rail off a 200-yard performance this Sunday, the reality is that they would rather see Christian Ponder tear it up on his way to a 400-yard passing performance. It’s the Vikings passing attack that has to improve before they can consider themselves realistic contenders in this year’s NFC.