Sunday A Homecoming For Peterson As He Pursues History

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 22, 2012 – 3:18 pm

The Vikings don’t play again at home until next week’s season finale against the Green Bay Packers. But you’ll have to excuse Adrian Peterson for a feeling somewhat at home this weekend when he and the Vikings travel to Houston to take on the Texans.

Peterson grew up in Palestine, Texas, about a 2.5 drive from Houston, and on Sunday he’ll have plenty of family and friends present inside Reliant Stadium cheering on the Vikings and watching him pursue history.

“I started getting tickets two months ago,” Peterson explained earlier in the week. “I got two suites. Got 30 tickets. Then I needed 40 more. So I’m going to have over 100 family members. It’ll be fun to go there and leave with a win.”

And it will be fun for Peterson’s family and friends, as well as everyone else at Reliant Stadium and Vikings fans watching from home and other places, to watch Peterson continue his assault on the record books. He is 294 yards from setting a new NFL single-season record for rushing yards, a mark currently held by Eric Dickerson, another Texas native. He can also tie Earl Campbell, yet another Texas native, for 150-yard games in a season; Peterson has 6 such efforts and Campbell had 7 in 1980. Also, Peterson’s next run of 50+ yards will set a new single-season record, as he’s currently tied with Barry Sanders, who had 7 in 1997.

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