Adrian Peterson's Quest for 2K: Where Does Vikings RB Stand After Week 15?

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball 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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The MVP debate was all but over a month ago as we debated the merits of Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan. That's no longer the case.

Adrian Peterson has hijacked Ryan's spot and is making a case that not even Manning deserves to be in the discussion.

He's been that dominant.

As fans and football enthusiasts, we clamor over certain numbers. Whether it's a 56-game hit streak or 33 consecutive wins. 

For NFL running backs, we salivate over 2,000 yards. It's a seemingly impossible number that has been attained only a handful of times.

Peterson is well on his way to joining that small group of men that includes Barry Sanders, O.J. Simpson and four others.

Peterson entered Minnesota's Week 15 contest against the St. Louis Rams with 1,600 yards, meaning he would have to average just over 133 yards per game to reach the mystical mark. Considering the Rams decent rushing defense, that didn't look to be a lock.

However, Peterson again proved that he is the best running back on the planet and that he is fully back from his ACL injury. He racked up a ridiculous 212 yards on 24 carries.

That's 8.8 yards for every rush. The guy is a beast.

More importantly, Peterson closed this game. When it seemed that the Rams were going to claw their way back, Peterson broke a long gain that set up Blair Walsh's final field goal.

With only two games left, Peterson will need 188 yards, or 94 per game, to reach 2,000. Although, with the way he is running, he could easily have that next week.

That's why he's set his sights on Eric Dickerson's record of 2,105.

The Vikings will continue to fight for a playoff spot against the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers. In order to get to the postseason, Minnesota will need to ride its MVP candidate, giving him a great shot at setting the single-season record.