At this point in the season, who would have guessed that the Minnesota Vikings (6-2) would be tied with the Green Bay Packers (6-2) atop the NFC North? While Teddy Bridgewater has avoided a sophomore slump and contributed greatly to the Vikes, Adrian Peterson has put the team on his Herculean shoulders.
Peterson has been tearing up defenses this year, running over people with a purpose. While many believe Todd Gurley has become the best running back in the league, AP is not ready to admit that.
Here is a brief look at where “All Day” stands in a few statistical categories:
1st in rushing attempts this season – 169
1st in rushing yards this season – 758
2nd in rushing yards per game – 94.8
2nd in rushes for a first down – 37
4th in carries over 20 yards – 6
10th in touchdowns – 4
The Vikings are wise enough to give Peterson the ball over 20 times a game. While he hasn’t found the end zone as often as fantasy owners would like, that is set to change this weekend.
Peterson and the Vikings take on an Oakland Raiders defense currently allowing 96.9 rushing yards per game. That average is sure to be exceeded when the Vikings travel this weekend to the “Black Hole.”
Peterson is on pace to run for over 1,500 yards this season for the third time in his Hall of Fame career. In addition, he’s only 288 yards away from passing O.J. Simpson for 20th on the all-time rushing list. While Oakland is a much improved unit this year under Jack Del Rio, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to picture Peterson passing Simpson in Oakland. We’ll keep it modest though – expect 150 yards and two scores for the best running back in the league.
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