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Yes, Adrian Peterson nearly broke Eric Dickerson's record of 2,105 rushing yards.
But much like the sack record for J.J. Watt and Co., Peterson will become an even greater emphasis for opponents in 2013.
Plus, in an interview with Dan Patrick via Kevin Cusick of the Pioneer Press:
"I set the mark for 2,500," Peterson said during an appearance on Dan Patrick's radio show Thursday, Jan. 31, in New Orleans. "If you reach for the stars and fall short, you're still there."
So, that just gives defenses more incentive to stuff Peterson next season and stack the box. Include a history of the 2,000-yard running backs slowing down the following season and Peterson's odds are slim.
Check out every 2,000-yard rusher prior to Peterson and then their subsequent campaign.
|Player ||2000-Yard Season ||Subsequent Season
|O.J. Simpson ||2,003 yards in 1973 ||1,125 in 1974
|Eric Dickerson ||2,105 yards in 1984 ||1,234 in 1985
|Barry Sanders ||2,053 yards in 1997 ||1,491 in 1998
|Terrell Davis ||2,008 yards in 1998 ||211 yards in 1999
|Jamaal Lewis ||2,066 yards in 2003 ||1,006 in 2004
|Chris Johnson ||2,006 yards in 2009 ||1,364 in 2010
For certain, Peterson proved to be the NFL's best back in 2012 after a disappointing finish to 2011. However, dancing with 2,100-plus from hereafter will be a colossal challenge.