Peterson joins elite company, nears record

December, 16, 2012
12/16/12
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Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesAdrian Peterson is running his way towards the record book.
With 212 rushing yards on Sunday, Adrian Peterson is now just 188 rushing yards shy of 2,000 and 294 away from breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 in 1984.

Peterson now has 75 career rushing touchdowns, tied for the fourth-most in history by a player in his first six seasons.

Peterson is one of four players with at least 8,500 rushing yards and 75 rushing touchdowns in his first six seasons, joining an elite list of running backs: LaDainian Tomlinson, Emmitt Smith and Eric Dickerson.

Peterson now has four career 200-yard rushing games. The only players with more such games in the Super Bowl era are O.J. Simpson (6) and Tiki Barber (5).

The accolades don’t stop there. Peterson has six 150-yard rushing games this season, tying him with O.J. Simpson in 1973 and Jim Brown in 1963 for the second-most games in a season in history. Only Earl Campbell’s seven 150-yard games in 1980 are more than Peterson has this season. Peterson is the first player with 150 rushing yards in three straight games since Shaun Alexander in 2004.

The Minnesota Vikings offensive line opened up holes for Peterson against the St. Louis Rams. He posted 135 yards before contact, averaging a season-high 5.6 yards before contact per rush. While most of it came on his untouched 82-yard touchdown run, Peterson had seven additional rushes of at least five yards before being contacted.

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson
Johnson
Peterson isn’t the only one approaching an NFL single-season record. Calvin Johnson needs just 182 receiving yards in his final two games to break Jerry Rice’s record of 1,848 receiving yards set in 1995.

Johnson tied an NFL record with his seventh straight game with at least 100 receiving yards. Only Michael Irvin in 1995 and Charley Hennigan in 1961 have had streaks that long.

Johnson is now the first player in history with at least 1,600 receiving yards in consecutive seasons.

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