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Peterson Approaches Historical Mark vs. Packers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 19, 2011 – 9:47 am

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is to the point now where he breaks so many different rushing/scoring records that it’s hard to discern which are worthy of mention and which should serve only as footnotes. It’s a fun problem to have for a team website, especially at a time such as this when the team is struggling to string together wins.

But there is a record Peterson is approaching this week that is worth mentioning. And if he surpasses the record, it will go a long way toward helping the Vikings win more games.

Back in 2008, Peterson set the Vikings-Packers series record for single-game rushing yards by running for 192 yards (and 1 TD) on 30 carries. In fact, Peterson has had success rushing against Green Bay during his career, notching three 100-yard rushing games and scoring TDs in 5 of 8 games (he has 6 total TDs against Green Bay). Last season against Green Bay, Peterson rushed for 131 yards and 2 TDs on 28 carries in an effort that nearly paced the Vikings to an upset win over the eventual Super Bowl champions.

All of Peterson’s individual game success against Green Bay is starting to add up, and now he’s just 55 yards away from surpassing Bill “Boom Boom” Brown for the franchise record for career rushing yards vs. the Packers. Brown had 862 rushing yards against Green Bay, and right now Peterson sits at 807.

Now, will 55 rushing yards for Peterson ensure a Vikings victory over Green Bay? Definitely not. But if Peterson can surpass his career average against the Packers – 100.9 yards per game – then we’re getting closer to victory. Since Peterson is such a big goal-setter, let’s set a goal for him to break Boom Boom’s record by halftime, setting the stage for another 100-yard game for #28 against the Packers.

Peterson vs. the Packers
2010: 28 carries, 131 yards, 2 TDs; 14 carries, 72 yards, 0 TDs
2009: 25 carries, 55 yards, 1 TD; 25 carries, 97 yards, 1 TD
2008: 19 carries, 103 yards, 1 TD; 30 carries, 192 yards, 1 TD
2007: 12 carries, 112 yards, 0 TDs; 11 carries, 45 yards, 0 TDs


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14 Responses to “Peterson Approaches Historical Mark vs. Packers”

  1. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    What happen in 09? our best season in 5 years and also Petersons less productive year, ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!! I know what happen, no need to worry about that Peterson, go for broke and get a 150 yards or better.

  2. By VIkesalltheway on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Jeffbleedspurple – in 09 we also had a star QB, which is pretty much required nowadays to win in this league….AP is the only thing keeping us afloat while we cycle through QBs like Tarvaris, Donovan, etc….He had his worst year because he didn’t have to have a better one. Get me another QB to throw 33 tds and 7 picks, and we’ll probs be just as good. Don’t blame AP

  3. By Canadian Vikes Fan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    LOL I love how theres so many blogs on here updating us about useless milestones for players yet the blog update about Ponder starting is mysteriously missing? You’d think that that would be more important than some meaningless record on the already outstanding resume of Adrian Peterson? Go Ponder! The start of something good

  4. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    With any luck CP will get 100 yards running sideways on Sunday. We know he won’t be able to stay in the pocket (what pocket?) and hopefully he won’t be on the ground

  5. By Canadian Vikes Fan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Haha just kidding…5 minute after that comment they put one up about Ponder

  6. By jv3rnon on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Poor AP he’s a star on a struggling team that could be 5-1 instead of 1-5. Having trouble closing out the games has killed the Vikes and McNabb would still be playing. AP hall of famer one day.

  7. By ozzinator on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t see anything on this blog about Kluwe’s field goal though………

  8. By Mike Wobschall on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Adrian didn’t struggle in 2009. It was the 2nd best season of his 4 complete seasons. He also had 18 TDs.

  9. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    ohhh!! that was just against the Pack, my boo boo! I know that, I thought we were talking about Peterson against the Packers, my bad!!

  10. By vikingbob136 on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I hope he can stay healthy for 2 years when we are back in contention.Ouch!
    That was a reality check

  11. By alex on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    All Day Adrian Peterson can shatter that record to oblivion on sunday.Just like Ponder can help win us the game and shut the packer fans up and give us hope for the season that is still ahead of us. I may not like Ponder but i have faith in him and we need this win.
    Is there any chance that we bench Berrian he was awful in that game once again and go get a vet for this kid to throw to. T.O. i am calling your name. Moss i am calling your name as well go make the move Frazier dont be dumb and show us that you are serious about being a nfl head coach.
    Goooooooooooooooo VIKINGS beat those packers.

  12. By Rocksalt on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    These stats mean nothing this year. If we cannot open holes for AP, his stata will be similar to last week. 12 carries 39 yds

  13. By tim on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Webb

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