With all of Chris Johnson's big runs padding his stats and Adrian Peterson's image as a power runner, you would expect this to be a blowout in favor of Peterson.
If you were to come into this slide expecting that, however, you would be wrong.
Peterson's style has been run for two or three yards every play, not getting much, then wear down the defense and break out for a few big runs.
This leads to issues when he can't wear down the defense and he is stuck with two and three yard runs throughout the entire game, which hurt him from weeks 11-16.
In that six-game span, Peterson never had a run of over 20 yards and his yards per carry never reached 4.0.
These games were also not against stellar competition.
This streak includes games against Arizona (17th against the run, AP averaged 1.5 YPC), two against Chicago (23rd against the run, 3.4 and 3.9 YPC for AP), Carolina (22nd against the run, 2.9 YPC for AP).
Another way that I have found to measure the consistency of these running backs is to look at what they did without their biggest run in each game. I know that this is not an official statistic and I did the math myself so forgive me if I'm off by .1 or something (if I'm way off in my calculation, please tell me).
Chris Johnson's YPC without his best run in each game still came out to 4.06. This isn't great or anything, but it's still something that running backs shoot for if they want to start in this league.
If you do the same for Adrian Peterson's stats, you get a much bleaker picture. Without his biggest run in each game, not only does he not reach 1,000 yards, but his YPC falls to a horrible 3.19.
One final statistic, Adrian Peterson had just three 100 yard games this season, four if you count the postseason. Chris Johnson 12 games of over 100 yards this season.
Winner: Chris Johnson