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Adrian Peterson should be making Eric Dickerson nervous

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07:52 PM ET 12.16 | Behind a 212-yard rushing performance from Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings defeated the St. Louis Rams on Sunday by a final score of 36-22. The Vikings scored 23 points in the second quarter and were able to hold off a late comeback by the Rams, who put up 15 points in the fourth to close the gap to two touchdowns. But the story was Peterson, who averaged 8.8 yards on 24 carries and added an 82-yard touchdown run in the first half. He now sits 294 yards behind Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record with two games remaining.

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December 16, 2012  08:05 PM ET

I don't see playing against the Texans in Houston helping his cause.

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December 16, 2012  09:13 PM ET

YOU go AD, wish I had seen it

December 17, 2012  12:40 AM ET
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I don't see playing against the Texans in Houston helping his cause.

Lets see? AP heading home to play in front of hundreds of family and friends and knowing the rushing record is within reach? Hmmm........I like AP's chances of having a nice showing and putting up a conservative (for AP) 110 - 130 yard effort.

December 17, 2012  12:46 AM ET
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Agreed. Texans have the NFL's 7th ranked defense at 330 yards per game. Green Bay has the 17th ranked D with 352 yards per game. I think it would take a herculean effort by AP to break Dickerson's record.

December 2, 2012 at Green Bay AP had 21 carries for 210 yards. If AP can gain 110 - 130 yards against Houston he should break the record the following week at home against the Packers.

December 17, 2012  01:08 AM ET
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December 2, 2012 at Green Bay AP had 21 carries for 210 yards. If AP can gain 110 - 130 yards against Houston he should break the record the following week at home against the Packers.

That might be easier said than done

December 17, 2012  03:49 AM ET

The Vikings have the Texans [ gives up less than a 100 yds a gm] and Packers [ last gm, 210 ] left to past 294 yds. He has a good chance, but I don't think the Packers will give up another 210 yds to AP and the Texans are a difficult bunch to run against. In the end AP just comes up short of the record.

December 17, 2012  03:57 AM ET
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The Vikings have the Texans [ gives up less than a 100 yds a gm] and Packers [ last gm, 210 ] left to past 294 yds. He has a good chance, but I don't think the Packers will give up another 210 yds to AP and the Texans are a difficult bunch to run against. In the end AP just comes up short of the record.

I think he can get 150 yards each game and will have the record.

December 17, 2012  07:21 AM ET

Going into the St Louis game I didn't think he had any shot at the record at all...

After that 212 yard performance it's looking like it is possible. But I still think the chances are slim. 294 rushing yards in two games is a lot to ask for, even for Adrian Peterson.

December 17, 2012  08:21 AM ET

AD is within striking distance of Dickerson's record and he's carrying an otherwise pathetic team on his back, quite possibly into the playoffs. How is he not the MVP, exactly?

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December 17, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Go Get Um AP!!!

December 17, 2012  09:22 AM ET

He definitely CAN do it, but I don't think he will. That's a tough road to ****, but if I've learned anything about Peterson this season, it's that nothing is out of his reach. St. Louis has a pretty stout run defense, too. They were allowing the second fewest yards-after-contact in the NFL going into yesterday's game, and he pounded them for 200+. Anything is possible.

December 17, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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I think he can get 150 yards each game and will have the record.

Before yesterday, he needed to average a little over 160 for each remaining game to get the record. Putting up 212 against the Rams gave him a good little cushion to work with.

December 17, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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Going back 8 weeks, he's averaged an absurd 164 per game. Ridiculous.

He is a beast. I hope he gets the record.

December 17, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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Agreed. Texans have the NFL's 7th ranked defense at 330 yards per game. Green Bay has the 17th ranked D with 352 yards per game. I think it would take a herculean effort by AP to break Dickerson's record.

The Packers D stats have been built up against some fairly weak teams this season. AP and the Vikes O-line will be on a mission from God for the next two weeks. The opportunity to claim the record against a division nemesis will be to good to pass up.

December 17, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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The Packers D stats have been built up against some fairly weak teams this season. AP and the Vikes O-line will be on a mission from God for the next two weeks. The opportunity to claim the record against a division nemesis will be to good to pass up.

It also doesn't hurt that both the Texans and Packers have some wiggle-room. Both have locked up playoff spots and Houston has all but secured that 1 seed in the AFC (they hold the tie-breaker over Denver) with the Patriots losing last night. It will be interesting to see how the packers play it week 17. Their defensive playmakers (Woodson and Matthews) are both dealing with injuries and have been limited. Will they try and get them extra rest or play them knowing that, after resting players last season, they no-showed in the playoffs.

 
December 17, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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It also doesn't hurt that both the Texans and Packers have some wiggle-room. Both have locked up playoff spots and Houston has all but secured that 1 seed in the AFC (they hold the tie-breaker over Denver) with the Patriots losing last night. It will be interesting to see how the packers play it week 17. Their defensive playmakers (Woodson and Matthews) are both dealing with injuries and have been limited. Will they try and get them extra rest or play them knowing that, after resting players last season, they no-showed in the playoffs.

Yes, it will be interesting to see how the Pack handles their last game of the season, for exactly the reason you mentioned. Good post.

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