Is it possible to rush for 2,000 yards in a 16 game NFL season? Well, we will know in January. If anyone can do it, it will be Peterson. He rushed for 1,600 yards as a rookie last season.
Through 2 games Peterson has rushed for a total of 263 yards. A solid start for the 2,000 yard hopeful. Peterson will most likely have a 200 yards game in him this year and it could be the difference that will decide if he reaches the mark or not.
If Peterson would to rush for 2,000 yards it would be the first since Jamal Lewis did so in 2003. Lewis rushed for 2,066 yards that season. The NFL record for total rushing yards in a season is 2,105 set by Erick Derickson, who set the mark back in 1984 with the old LA Rams.
Peterson who is just in his second year in the NFL and already making an argument for best running back in the NFL could be one of the best ever. It's only his second year, but Peterson has shown signs of being a great player in this game for some time to come.
It will be interesting to see how Peterson's career shapes up. At this point no one can say what is to become of him, but I think its safe to say that of what we have seen of him is going to be great.
The Cowboys, Steelers, and Bears will be the toughest games for Peterson. The rest of the schedule is rather soft in terms of rush defense. The Bears will give Peterson a tough time as they usually do with any other team. The Steelers have consistently put out strong defenses year in and year out. And as for the Cowboys, last year Peterson had a decent game: 63 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. It was his homecoming.
I am a believer that Peterson will rush for 2,000 yards in his career. He may not do it this year or even next year, but it is a feat that he will achieve and maybe even more than once. Another thing that we will learn about Peterson in the future is that he will be a big game player. Granted he is with Minnesota right now and Minnesota isn't great, but if they are to become good in the next 5 years it will be because of Peterson.