Posted December 30, 2012

Adrian Peterson breaks 2,000 yards, not Eric Dickerson’s mark

Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is a contender for MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year. (Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson is a contender for MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year. (Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

On a classic Adrian Peterson run, the sensational Minnesota Vikings star topped 2,000 yards rushing for the 2012 season.

Peterson took a handoff Christian Ponder on the Vikings’ first play of the third quarter, smoothly bounced outside around multiple Green Bay defenders and turned upfield for a 20-yard gain. A little more than a year after tearing up his knee, Peterson needed 102 yards Sunday to become the seventh player in NFL history to reach 2,000 yards rushing in a season.

His 20-yard scamper early in the second half bumped Peterson up to 2,009 yards on the season. But though Peterson continued his impressive running after eclipsing 2,000, he came a hair short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 yards.

Peterson finished the game just nine yards short of Dickerson, his 199 yards giving him 2,097 on the season, the second-highest mark of all time.

It was on Christmas Eve last season, with the Vikings long removed from the playoff race, that Peterson tore his ACL during a win over Washington. While he didn’t accomplish the ultimate individual goal at his position, his rushing powered the Vikings to a 37-34 win that netted them the No. 6 seed in the playoffs.

The list of players to top 2,000 yards in a season, prior to Peterson, puts the Vikings’ back in great company: Dickerson, Jamaal Lewis, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Chris Johnson and O.J. Simpson. The last to do it was Johnson, who finished with 2,006 yards in 2009. Only Johnson and Lewis have reached that elite 2K level since the turn of the millennium.

Peterson’s previous career high was 1,760 yards, which he reached during the 2008 season, his second in the league. Last season (not even counting the injury) was Peterson’s worst as a pro — he finished with just 970 yards, by far his lowest total in a season.

8 comments
TJMarks
TJMarks

Amod have you done the elemental analysis yet?

 

SusanBarth
SusanBarth

As a Packer fan, all I can say is I wish the Packers had this guy on the team....he's scary good.

help4mac1
help4mac1

Time to go back to every play and correct the stats. Adding 10 yards from the replay booth should be easy

ericm620
ericm620

1973 OJ Simpson 2003 in 14 games is 143 per game

_Torque_Lewith
_Torque_Lewith

Peterson's yards per game in 2011 were within a few yards of 2009 and 2010. I'm not sure why you're trashing a guy who was out hurt. He's still a great running back when he's on the field.

GeorgeMolnar
GeorgeMolnar

1963

14 games

Jim Brown 1,863 yards

133 yards per game

for 16 games this would be 2,128

When the NFL expands to 132 teams in 2021, then maybe, just maybe, the record will be broken

harvey
harvey

just 10 extra yards last week  ,,, 

_Torque_Lewith
_Torque_Lewith

 @GeorgeMolnar  He was 31 yards off Jim Brown's "record". I sincerely doubt it will take another 8 years. Peterson already was the entire offense.