Adrian Peterson: Vikings RB Will Break Eric Dickerson's Record on Way to NFL MVP

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sideline against the St. Louis Rams during the game at Edward Jones Dome on December 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Vikings won 36-22 as Peterson rushed for 212 yards. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Adrian Peterson is on a collision course with history.

Peterson is going to break Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson's record for most rushing yards in a season, a record that Dickerson has held for the past 28 years after running for 2,105 yards as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.

After picking up 212 yards on the ground against the St. Louis Rams in Week 15, Peterson is well within striking distance of the record; something that the Twitter account for ESPN's Numbers Never Lie is quick to point out:

At 1,812 rush yds, Adrian Peterson is now only 294 yds away from breaking Eric Dickerson's single season record.…

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) December 16, 2012

Normally, asking a running back to pick up nearly 300 yards on the ground over a two game stretch is asking too much, but as Wisconsin Badgers' RB Montee Ball points out on Twitter, Adrian Peterson is no normal running back:

Adrian peterson is a freak..

— Montee Ball (@M_Ball28) December 16, 2012

When you look at what Peterson has done this year, it's hard to argue against the future NFL hall of fame running back.

Peterson has carried the ball 289 times for 1,812 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 6.27 yards per carry on the season.

He has eight games with at least 100-yards rushing on the season and he's broken the century mark in each of his last seven games.

Over that seven-game span, Peterson has 176 carries for 1,313 yards and nine touchdowns. averaging 7.46 yards per carry and more than 187 yards rushing per game.

At that rate, Peterson will break Dickerson's record sometime in the third or fourth quarter of Minnesota's last game of the season against the Green Bay Packers, a team that Peterson ran for 210 yards and a touchdown against in Week 13.

What's that you say, you aren't impressed by what Peterson has done?

Consider this.

Peterson has put those numbers on the board without anything that comes close to resembling a quality NFL passing game to keep opposing defenses honest and give him more room to run.

Christian Ponder is barely passable as a starting NFL quarterback and every defense that the Vikings have played knows that. Those teams have all keyed in on Peterson and been helpless to stop him.

Still not impressed?

Did I mention that Peterson has done all of this less than a year after having major surgery on his left knee to repair a torn ACL and MCL (per USA Today)?

That only serves to make what Peterson has accomplished all-the-more remarkable.

So, move over Peyton Manning fans, Tom Brady devotees and Aaron Rodgers discount double-checkers in Green Bay.

For the first time in six years, one of those three quarterbacks isn't taking home the hardware as NFL MVP.

That award belongs to Adrian Peterson.


Rick Weiner is a member of B/R's Breaking News Team.