Cardinals vs Vikings: Adrian Peterson Proves He's Still NFL's Best RB

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 21: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is congratulated after a win of the game against the Arizona Cardinals on October 21, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 21-14. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL.

There, I said it.

On a day when his quarterback turned the ball over twice, threw for 58 yards and posted a QB Rating of 35.5, Peterson carried the ball 23 times for 153 yards, including this 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead.

Peterson cut, juked, and ran through a defender on his way to the end zone. 

Not bad for a guy who tore his ACL and MCL just about 10 months ago. (h/t StarTribune)

He didn't just do that on one play; he did it all day long.

Peterson picked up nearly 100 yards after contact against a Cardinals defense that had not allowed a running back to hit triple digits on the ground in 2012.

No player in the NFL, regardless of position, has been as consistent an offensive performer as Peterson has been in 2012:

Adrian Peterson now leads the NFL with 5 games of 100+ Yds from scrimmage.Today's game is his 2nd of 100+ Rush Yds (29th career).

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2012

Peterson now has 652 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the season, numbers that will continue to rise as his surgically repaired knee regains more strength and flexibility on a weekly basis.

Adrian Peterson doesn't need a prolific passing offense to put up gaudy numbers, much less a mediocre one.

He just needs the ball in his hands.

There's little that opposing defenses can do to stop him—they can only hope to contain him.

And that hope, my friends, is a fleeting one, when you are going up against the best running back in the NFL.