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In 2012, Adrian Peterson put together what may have been the best rushing season of all time. He came up eight yards short of the single-season record, but he dominated like few ever have.
Let's go over the numbers, lest you forget just how incredible Peterson's season was. He ran for 2,097 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. This was after he tore his ACL in December the year before.
While 2012 was his best season, it wasn't too out of place for Peterson. In 2008, he ran for 1,760 yards, and he has failed to break 1,300 yards just twice—both times due to injury.
At 28 years old, Peterson is nearing the end of his prime. That doesn't mean he can't have another great season or three in him, though. Regular rules don't apply to this guy.
Either Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel will be starting at quarterback. That means plenty of carries for Peterson, and, as he showed last year, it doesn't matter how much defenses stack the box.
No running back has ever run for 2,000 yards twice. With more talent than perhaps any other running back in history, Peterson could do it. He probably won't, but he could.
It probably isn't wise to bet against him.
Odds of gaining 2,000 yards: 35 percent