Minnesota Vikings Can’t Let Adrian Peterson Become the Next Barry Sanders

December 12, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Adrian Peterson's career is tracking awfully close to that of Barry Sanders'—and that could be a bad thing for the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson leads the NFL with 1,600 yards and needs to average 134 yards in his last three games to reach 2,000 yards, becoming only the seventh player ever to achieve that milestone. 
After rushing for 154 yards against the Bears on Sunday, Peterson is averaging 157 yards over the past seven games. That's when his string of consecutive 100-yard games started. At this pace, he would finish with 2,071 yards—second only to Eric Dickerson's record of 2,105, set in 1984.  
Back to the Sanders comparison.
In 1997, Sander's ninth season with the Lions, he led the NFL in rushing with 2,053 yards—the third-highest total in NFL the history. It was his fourth rushing title. Like Peterson, Sanders was a first-round draft pick from a university located in Oklahoma—the neighboring state from where each player grew up. Sa...

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