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.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Bill Brown, Chuck Foreman, Robert Smith
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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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