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Adrian Peterson rushes for 2000 yards. Peterson has a look in his eye that suggests that his goal is not to be the best running back in the league, which he is, but he wants to be the best running back of all time. Peterson has publicly stated on several occasions that he wants to rush for 2,000 yards. This year, Peterson moves one step closer to being in the conversation that starts with Brown, Payton and Sanders.
In order to get to 2,000 yards, a running back has to be able to rush between 350 and 400 times. No problem, Peterson is a work horse that took the ball 363 times last year and came to camp looking for more carries.
A running back also needs to be able to average 5.5 yards or more per carry. Peterson is capable of attaining such an average as he averaged 5.6 yards per carry his first year when most defenses played the Vikings with less than eight men in the box on defense.
Last year Peterson’s average dropped to 4.8 yards per carry when he routinely faced defenses with eight men in the box designed to stop him and the Vikings running attack.
This year, Peterson will find more room to run as Favre keeps defenses honest. Peterson didn’t rush for more than 200 yards in a game last year. Peterson will find a way to rush for more than 200 yards in a game this year.