This season has been lost for the Minnesota Vikings for a while now, but Adrian Peterson still hasn’t given up on his individual goals. The Vikings take on the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday and after missing the last two games due to a foot injury, Peterson is ready to go and wants the league rushing title.
“Any competitor would want to be at the top of the game,” said Peterson, according to USA TODAY. “I play this game to be the best.”
Peterson has rushed for 1,221 yards to put him second in the league behind Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (1,343) with just two games remaining. He has led the league in rushing twice, in 2008 and again last year where he came nine yards short of breaking the all-time record.
Last week, Peterson says he was ready to play but the decision was not his to make.
“I was hot. I was devastated,” Peterson said. “I was looking forward to playing and being out there with the guys. I didn’t get my way that day.”
In order to have a chance at topping McCoy for the title, he’ll have to have himself a heck of a game against one of the league’s best defensive fronts. The Bengals are 5th in the NFL against the run, giving up just 98.7 yards per game on the year. Cincinnati is also coming off of a tough and they will want to set the ship straight as they head into the playoffs.
Peterson has been a different back this season at times, most likely due to the Vikings’ ineffective passing game. Many were expecting yet another outpouring like last year’s 2,000 yard season. But, he came back to earth a bit — funny how coming back to earth is still good for second in the league in rushing, huh?