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10:00 PM ET 12.12 | Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is in the discussion for Comeback Player of the Year and NFL MVP. What he has been able to accomplish this season after returning from a torn ACL is unbelievable and speaks volumes to the type of player that Peterson is. Without him, the Vikings would have no offense. Through 13 games this season, Peterson has an incredible 1,600 yards, but he isn't done yet. He has his eyes set on 2,106. If Peterson can total 2,106 rushing yards on the season, he will have passed Rams running back Eric Dickerson for the NFL all-time single-season rushing yards record. When asked by Dan Patrick on Wednesday morning if Dickerson should be nervous that his record could fall, Peterson gave a short and sweet response. "I think so," Peterson said. "I think so."

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December 12, 2012  10:54 PM ET

Peterson would have to average 168.7 yards per game over the last three weeks in order to reach 2,106 - a feat which he has not yet done over any three week stretch this season.

Also keep in mind that he'll have to face the Houston Texan's #2 ranked run defense in Week 16.

I don't see him breaking the record.

December 12, 2012  10:56 PM ET
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Peterson would have to average 168.7 yards per game over the last three weeks in order to reach 2,106 - a feat which he has not yet done over any three week stretch this season.Also keep in mind that he'll have to face the Houston Texan's #2 ranked run defense in Week 16.I don't see him breaking the record.

But, but, but...he "say" it be so.

December 13, 2012  03:44 AM ET

In Wk 16, the Texans may rest their starters in the 2nd half. AP may run for over 200 yards that game.

December 13, 2012  06:58 AM ET
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In Wk 16, the Texans may rest their starters in the 2nd half. AP may run for over 200 yards that game.

Houston is 11-2
New England is 10-3

And New England wins the tiebreaker if they finish with the same record. So it's going to be mathematically impossible for Houston to have the #1 seed locked up going into Week 16.

The only possible way that Houston rests their starters in the 2nd half is if (1) New England loses and Houston wins in Week 15 and (2) Houston blows out Minnesota significantly and early - which in that case, Adrian Peterson likely would not have had a huge game. And even in that scenario Houston is going to need to play tough until there's no possible way for Minnesota to comeback. So it'd be more like resting their starters through part of the 4th quarter at the most.

December 13, 2012  07:48 AM ET

What is amazing about Peterson's season is not that he is close to the record, but that he is close despite having been eased into playing during the first few games of the season with relatively few carries to test out his knee.

December 13, 2012  08:16 AM ET
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What is amazing about Peterson's season is not that he is close to the record, but that he is close despite having been eased into playing during the first few games of the season with relatively few carries to test out his knee.

You forgot to mention that he is seeing 8-9 in the box because he plays with a useless quarterback. At least when Percy Harvin was in the line-up, there was another explosive playmaker on the field to take SOME of the heat off of him.

December 13, 2012  08:34 AM ET

He should have side stepped Dan Patricks question. Bad Karma to admit you're thinking about it. He'll fall short of the record now....thinking about it too much.

December 13, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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You forgot to mention that he is seeing 8-9 in the box because he plays with a useless quarterback. At least when Percy Harvin was in the line-up, there was another explosive playmaker on the field to take SOME of the heat off of him.

Yep, he's the only weapon the Vikings have, everybody in the stadium knows he's getting ball, and he's still within striking distance of Dickerson's record.

MVP. Shouldn't even be a question.

December 13, 2012  10:05 AM ET

The O line has step up this year also with number 1 pick Kalil and Loadholt starting to play up to his potential.

 
December 13, 2012  02:13 PM ET

I don't understand the Comeback Player of the Year thing. He rushed over 200 times last year for almost 1000 yards. He's not coming back from missing most or all of the year or having a 40 carry, 200 yard season. Peyton Manning is more deserving of this award.

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