Will Adrian Peterson break his own rushing record against a lousy Bears' run defense?
This Sunday, Peterson will have a great opportunity to break his own record when he faces the Chicago Bears. The Bears rush defense ranks dead last in the league, allowing 145.2 yards per game. The defense has been decimated by injury, having lost half their starters from the start of the season.
This past offseason Chicago opted to part ways with Head Coach Lovie Smith. Under Smith's tenure, the Bears were perennially one of the best defenses in the NFL. However, it's unknown whether or not even Smith would've been able to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat with the amount of injuries this defense has sustained. Not to mention longtime linebacker Brian Urlacher retired this offseason, which created an uncertainty entering the season at the position.
In 2007, Peterson did explode for 244 yards against a Lovie Smith defense.
Milestone alert: Peterson needs 154 yards to reach 10,000 career rushing yards. With how bad the Bears defense is, he may achieve that mark by halftime. Peterson would become the third fastest RB to reach 10,000 yards; only Eric Dickerson and Jim Brown have done it faster.
Last week the Rams gashed the Bears for 258 yards; often times running against an 8 man front. Even when Bears' defenders stay in their gaps, tacking hasn't exactly been a strong suite. Even the immortal Benny Cunningham ran for 109 yards on 13 carries.
The irony as a fantasy owner came when Bears' safety Major Wright actually tackled Rams' running back Zac Stacy and knocked him out of the game with a concussion. The one time Major Wright doesn't whiff on a tackle, he knocks out my starting running back.
Records normally occur when it's least expected. However, if there's ever a time to predict one, this is that game.
297 rushing yards sounds ridiculous when you think about it. With Adrian Peterson on the field going against this Bears' defense--it becomes very plausible.
If you're a fantasy owner of Peterson you must be salavating.