Minnesota Vikings

A Look at Adrian Peterson's Remarkable Season

Peterson will have a chance at history on Sunday.
Peterson will have a chance at history on Sunday.Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Nick LantzCorrespondent IIDecember 29, 2012

Most NFL players would not bounce back from an injury with one of their best seasons ever. However, most players aren't Adrian Peterson.

The Minnesota Vikings running back has carried his team to a 9-6 record and a chance at a playoff berth. He has put up career numbers on the ground this season.

In a passing league, perhaps it will be the explosive back who takes the MVP award.

Just a year ago on Christmas Eve, Peterson tore his ACL and MCL against the Washington Redskins. Peterson's season was cut short, and it was unclear how he would respond to such a gruesome knee injury.

He seemed to put any doubts about the injury to rest early on in what has been a historic season for the former Oklahoma Sooner. The 2012 season has been a memorable one for the star running back, who was named the NFC starter for the 2013 Pro Bowl.

With one game remaining, "All Day" has a chance to make history in rushing.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Peterson leads the league with 1,898 rushing yards this season. After Peterson, the next best rusher is Marshawn Lynch with 1,490 yards, a wide margin.

Peterson also has 11 rushing touchdowns, good for second in the league behind Arian Foster.

Peterson is just 102 yards away from 2,000 and only 207 yards behind Eric Dickerson's NFL record of 2,105 single-season rushing yards.

What Peterson has been able to do coming off a horrific injury is just astonishing. He has produced so many explosive runs including two dashes for 82 yards against both the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams

He broke through with 210 yards in a 14-23 loss at Green Bay and 212 yards in a 36-22 victory in St. Louis just two weeks ago. Since that road loss to the Packers, Minnesota has won three straight games including last week's 23-6 rout of the Houston Texans.

Peterson is among the Top Three in every rushing category.

So far he has had the most rushes of 20 yards or more in the league with 23. He is also tops in rushing yards per game (126.5) and first downs (75).

Peterson is second to Foster in rushing attempts (314) and is third in yards per attempt (six). His 2012 numbers are very high, which is why he is such a strong MVP candidate.

Tomorrow Peterson has a rematch with those Packers that he ran all over in Week 13. Though obtaining 200 yards on the ground is rare, he has proved capable of doing so and has a shot at breaking Dickerson's record.

Peterson is now dealing with abdominal soreness that flared during last week's contest, but is expected to play through it according to TwinCities.com.

If he does play, Dickerson's rushing mark could possibly be broken.

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