Adrian Peterson rushes for over 200 yards, is taking aim at Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record

In case you missed it, Adrian Peterson really wants to break the single season rushing record

12/16/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Dec 16, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) breaks away from St. Louis Rams strong safety Craig Dahl (43) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome.  Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY SportsComing into this game, Adrian Peterson needed to average a little more than 160 yards per game to break Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record.

Most people assumed that Peterson would end up getting 2,000 yards, but that he would fall short of Dickerson's record of 2,105.

Peterson has other ideas, apparently, as he racked up 212 yards today, leaving him with 1,812 through 14 games.

He needs a total of 294 yards combined over the next two weeks against Houston and Green Bay, after running all over a St. Louis Rams defense that came into the game ranked 13th in rushing yards allowed.

Houston came into this week tied for 2nd with San Francisco, and the Packers are 15th. If Peterson can top 100 yards next week against the Texans, the record will definitely be within reach in week 17.

You can be sure that the Vikings will feed him the ball early and often in each game. Not only do they want to get him the record, they also don't have much of a choice. Their passing offense under Christian Ponder is one of the worst in football, and Peterson is their only hope for success.

If Adrian Peterson breaks Dickerson's rushing record and the Vikings squeak into the playoffs, Peterson will almost certainly get strong MVP consideration. More likely, however, the Vikings will finish 8-8 or 9-7 and miss the playoffs.

If Peterson breaks the record but the Vikings still miss the playoffs, should he get MVP consideration over QBs like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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12/16/12   |   anthonybloch

I really do hope that Adrian Peterson breaks the NFL's single season rushing record and NFL MVP award. If he does it will be another example of his greatness but if he does it will mean he had 2 more good games and the Vikings need AP to have good games if they want to win out and make the playoffs.