Adrian Peterson continued his remarkable season in Sunday’s loss to Chicago by registering his first 100-yard outing against the Bears since 2008. While 100-yard outings are tough to come by against the Bears stingy defense, Peterson has been hitting that threshold with regularity against opponents this season.
Against the Bears, Peterson carried the ball 18 times and ran for 108 yards, giving him his 6th 100-yard outing of the season and his 5th such performance in a row. He’ll have a chance to break the team record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games – which he shares with Robert Smith – this week in Green Bay. The Packers do rank 11th in the NFL against the run, but Peterson has also averaged 103.3 rushing yards per game against Green Bay. Peterson already holds the Vikings franchise record for career 100-yard games with 32 – Smith was the previous record-holder at 27.
With Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch held to 46 yards and Houston’s Arian Foster rushing for 102 yards, Peterson extended his NFL rushing lead and is now 172 yards ahead of the 2nd-place rusher (Foster). Entering this past week’s games, Peterson held a 123-yard lead over Lynch. Through 11 games, Peterson has 1,236 rushing yards, which averages out to 112.3 yards per game and puts him on pace for a career-high 1,798 yards.
It will be interesting to watch this final 5-game stretch in the NFL for many reasons, mostly to see which teams can get hot and make a run through the playoffs. But there are plenty of other subplots to watch, as well, and a couple Vikings fans should keep an eye on is the MVP race and the Comeback Player of the Year race. Peterson should be considered a candidate for both right now, and I think it comes down to Peterson and Peyton Manning in the Comeback Player of the Year race.
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