This weekend was supposed to be the matchup, a collision course between the two best running backs in the NFL. Philadelphia Eagles back LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson have each had their time in the spotlight during the season. No other back in the league has held leading rusher status at all during the 2013 season; it was going to be a ground show for the ages. A showdown of the strong armed, hard nose running of AP against the elusive, shake and bake moves of Shady. It would seem that midway through the week that the football world is about to miss out on a spectacle.
McCoy is coming off of the best ground performance of his career — a two touchdown, 217 yard franchise best performance, in the snow nonetheless. He has held the top rusher position in every week of the season but one and continues to impress with his Barry Sanders-esk moves. McCoy has seen his ups and downs throughout the season, finding other ways to get involved when the ground game stalls, but overall, he is on track to have the best rushing year of his career. He has become the centerpiece of the Chip Kelly led offense and proven that he was ready for the role all along.
Peterson, on the other hand, has been long regarded as the best running back in the NFL. Unmatched by any, yet chased by many, even after a knee injury, he has been a stellar performer and “the” star of the Minnesota Vikings offense. At times, he’s been solely responsible for carrying the team, taking on entire defenses and winning games. Peterson has already placed himself with the likes of the greatest ball carriers in the history of the sport, yet he continues to impress.
Unfortunately, it seems that a foot injury suffered in last week’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens may keep Peterson out of action, leaving to the imagination what may have been between the two. Shady McCoy will still be out in full force, but after the performance in last week’s blizzard, will most likely be taking a step back to normalcy. Peterson will be missed by a Vikings offense which, no doubt, suffers without him.
Although the two superstars never would have set foot on the field together, it looks like the ground show will need to be postponed and set aside for another day.