Peterson Approaching Vikings All-Time Rushing Mark

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 25, 2011 – 7:33 am

We’ve been mentioning for several weeks now that DE Jared Allen is closing in on his 100th career sack. There’s another Vikings superstar on the other side of the ball who is closing in on a historic record himself, and that, too, is more than deserving of our attention in the weeks ahead.

The best RB in the NFL – Adrian Peterson – is approaching the Vikings all-time rushing mark. Robert Smith is currently the Vikings all-time rushing leader with 6,818 yards, a mark he set while starring for the Vikings from 1993-2000. After his 175-yard output on Sunday against Green Bay, Peterson is now just 324 yards behind Smith’s mark.

Peterson averages 95.5 rushing yards per game over his career and 101.7 rushing yards per game in 2011, meaning he is on pace to break Smith’s mark in 4 games. If Peterson stays on that pace, he’ll become the Vikings all-time rushing leader on November 27, when the Vikings travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.

What’s impressive about Peterson’s pursuit of the Vikings all-time rusher mark is how quickly he’s gotten to this point. It took Smith 98 games to set the record at 6,818, and it took Chuck Foreman 93 games to set the previous all-time record of 5,879. Prior to Foreman setting the record, Bill Brown was the club’s all-time leader with 5,757 yards in 180 games. If Peterson keeps his pace, he’ll break Smith’s record in his 72nd career game. Another impressive caveat is that Peterson has 60 rushing TDs to go along with his yardage totals, while Foreman and Brown finished with 52 each and Smith had 32.

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33 Responses to “Peterson Approaching Vikings All-Time Rushing Mark”

  1. By MGR4FUN on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    bill brown was a rock … chuck foreman was poetry in motion … robert smith was the smoothest runner i have ever seen …. “BUT” … #28 just may be “THE STANDARD THAT ALL BACKS WILL BE MEASURED IN THE FUTURE” … no disrespect to JIMMY / ERIC / WALTER / BARRY or EMMITT and yes #28 still has things to do both on and off the field … “BUT” … he is “WELL” on his way toward “EARNING” his place in history

  2. By deer tracks on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    Well, Mike W, I see you done your Homework…Good job of digging up those facts…

  3. By lilak the menace on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    adrian all day perterson.. thats what’s up ik the first game that he played as a viking after getting out of colage. that he would be doing amazaing things for himself and for the team.. minnesota all day

  4. By Dez Nuts on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    He suck

  5. By GM on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    I see 10,000 yards and 100 tds in his future.

  6. By Justin F on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

    Dez Nuts, you said Peterson sucks? Are you a cheesehead by any chance?

  7. By DOC95 on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    LOL Dez Nuts…. your funny

  8. By purplehaze on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    dez nuts you got no nuts, cept in your head..

  9. By Viking Joe on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    I would rate AP in the top 10 of all-time now, but after he’s retired possibly number 1, Now in my opinion the best RB ever is Sweetness, Walter Payton hands down, best all around RB ever !!! He could do it all.

  10. By VegasVike on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    @ dez nuts- you suck

  11. By purplehaze on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    viking joe yeah i think wp is the man cept maybe barry sanders, that dude was electric like sweetness, great moves, power, acceleration, but got out too soon to know for sure…

  12. By jabbamonte on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    AP has done this with 8 or 9 in the box. If the Vikings can develop a good passing game it’ll open thing up even more for AP, then watch out!

  13. By Brad on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    BB is gone!!!!!

  14. By TonyO on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll say this much for Frazier, he is cleaning out deadbeats like Berrian and McKinnie. Good riddance to two of the laziest players to ever put on a Viking uniform.

  15. By Robins on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    Adrian is the best there is. I am glad he is ours. Now that we have a great quarterback also, we should have a great future and go to the Super Bowl. The first thing we need to do is beat the packers.

  16. By garrett1212 on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    AP is the man. Dude plays every down like it’s his last. Lots of heart to go along with his amazing talent. Hands down best running back in the league today and will be in top 3 all time when his career is over. Keep trying to carry this team AP.

  17. By garrett1212 on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    BB is gone!!! Is this really true or just f***ing with all of us Brad????

  18. By Roninmn.. on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    A excellant running back, a excellant quarterback. Now we need to address the rest of the problems. Secondary and Offensive line. Anyone hear if Cook is playing this weekend?

  19. By VegasVike on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    Berrian set an all time rushing record, towards the exit door!

  20. By purplehaze on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    bring back moss-he said he’d be a good boy from now on!

  21. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply


  22. By Robins on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    Someone is finally listening to the fans, Ponder is playing and Berrian is gone. Things are picking up. The team will only get better and better. There were a lot of great plays Sunday with Ponder in the game. We have a lot to look forward to.

  23. By viking rick on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    get a life people!!

  24. By David on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    After what I read on Cook I will be surprised if he plays next year. Looks like he is facing up to three years in prison on one charge alone. Who knows if they will add more charges to that

  25. By Roninmn.. on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    I just read the report also. His playing days are more than likely over. It’s to bad, hate to see that happen to anyone involved. Such a waste.

  26. By CanadianVF on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    One of the greatest Viking draft picks ever. I am so glad he is locked up long term now. Lets go get a studd reciever in the draft to stretch the field and with Ponder at the controls this offense will be scarry next year!

  27. By ken mendez on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    just like barry sanders did the lions every win a superbowl scares me

  28. By ken mendez on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    i was at the dratf when the vikings picked all day

  29. By ken mendez on Oct 25, 2011 | Reply

    we need alot of help wr lineman center corners safety

  30. By jv3rnon on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Good news Vikings fan. Ty Johnson,Sanford,Asher and few more sorry starters will be FAs next season. Hopefully they drop Griffin to.
    Vikes needs:

    Vikings can resign Shiancoe and EJ but, let the rest go. Frazier you should fix o-line for Ponder and AP 1st. Then load the up on defense so we can compete with GB and other high power offenses. Mainly the secondary!!!

  31. By xvike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Considering that the vikings will probably have a high draft pick, they should trade down to acquire more picks. Unless a stud receiver is there. And by stud, i mean a guy like calvin johnson stud. Tall, big, strong, quick, great hands and great jumping/leaping ability. A guy who you can just throw the ball to and he’ll go and get it. Otherwise, they should just trade down to a lower pick to get an extra pick in the second and maybe more depending on how high they pick. Then i would pick up an Olineman with the first and so on and so forth. And i would let shiancoe go. Rudolph will definitely have no problems taking over his roles next. Unless Shiancoe is willing to stay for relatively cheap then you can resign him. Otherwise you can use that money to fill another need.

  32. By jv3rnon on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I agree xvike not bad. Vikes should draft a top WR in 1st round and look for the other needs in FAs and the draft. There will be some pretty good players in 2012 FAs so they do something there. The draft get somebody about 6’3-6’5 with great hands like Moss or 2009 Rice

  33. By bleedingpurpleinalaska on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Secondary needs to be drafted in the first round. Safties and Corners. WR can wait! Our defense needs to become ferocious again! Forget the WR until later!

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