Adrian Peterson Will Break Single Game and Season Rushing Record on Sunday

Collin KottkeCorrespondent IIIDecember 22, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 9: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the game against the Chicago Bears on December 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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There is a beast in the backfield for Minnesota and his name is Adrian Peterson. This monster of a man had a ruined knee just last Christmas Eve. Now he is back, running and looking better than ever. Peterson is only 188 yards away from reaching 2,000 yards on the season and only 294 yards away from breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record with a game to spare.

Sunday is very important for the Vikings outside of Adrian Peterson, but there is no doubt that he’ll steal the spotlight. On his way to breaking the single-season rushing record, Adrian will also break his own single-game record… on Sunday.

There’s a determination factor about Peterson that will never be denied. There was no way that he should have been playing the first game of the season, but he believed he would and he did. Peterson has thrown down the gauntlet and everybody knows he wants this single-season rushing record.

I wouldn’t doubt him.

As the season progresses Adrian just keeps getting better. In the first six games of the year Peterson only went over 100 yards rushing once. In the eight games since, he’s been over 150 yards in every game excluding one. Two of the games he’s gone over 200.

This year has been a work in progress every week as he fights back from his torn ACL and MCL, but as he progresses he is also putting up a career year.

Peterson has already set his career high in yards already. His previous high was in 2008 when he ran for 1,760 yards, so he is already 52 yards above that in two less games. He’s getting better week to week, and he looks like he’s getting better overall, which is amazing in itself.

If the playoffs started today, the Vikings would be in, but they don’t control their own destiny. The simple fact is the Vikings need to win out to get in and then let the chips fall where they may. In order to win, they need to give the ball to Peterson.

As Vikings fans are aware, the team’s passing game is less than desirable.

In five games this season, Adrian Peterson has had more rushing yards than Christian Ponder has had passing yards. This has been the case for the past three games, where Peterson has had 235 yards more than Ponder. This team needs Adrian to succeed, especially this weekend.

Adrian hasn’t declared he will break the record this week, but I think he will.

The Vikings need a win against a tough Houston Texans team, and they will have to ride him hard. He has his sights on Dickerson’s record, and if he can smell it, he’ll want to break it on Sunday.

To break that record, Peterson needs 294 yards, which is just two yards short of the single-game rushing record of 296, which he already holds. Why not kill two birds with one stone?

Adrian Peterson is fighting Peyton Manning for the league’s MVP award, and there is no better way to win than breaking the single-season rushing record. If he really wants to cement it, he’d also break the single-game rushing record.

The Vikings might need him to break both records, and he will be en route to win two things: the MVP award and the all-important game against the Texans.

The beast is back and better than ever.