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
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Bill Brown
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