WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Last year Adrian Peterson became the seventh NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. If history is a guide, it will be difficult for Peterson to duplicate his 2012 season.

1. ERIC DICKERSON, Rams

1984 1985

Games 16 14

Attempts 379 292

TDs 14 12

Per carry 5.6 4.2

Per game 131.6 88.1

Dickerson missed first two games of 1985 in a contract dispute; he rebounded to gain 1,821 yards in 1986.

2. ADRIAN PETERSON, Vikings

2012 2013

Games 16 - Attempts 348 -

TDs 12 -

Per carry 6.0 -

Per game 131.1 -

Peterson set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a month when he piled up 861 last December.

3. JAMAL LEWIS, Ravens

2003 2004

Games 16 12

Attempts 387 235

TDs 14 7

Per carry 5.3 4.3

Per game 129.1 83.8

Lewis served a two-game suspension in 2004 for a drug-related conviction related to an incident four years earlier.

4. BARRY SANDERS, Lions

1997 1998

Games 16 16

Attempts 335 343

TDs 11 4

Per carry 6.1 4.3

Per game 128.3 93.2

Sanders retired abruptly after the 1998 season.

5. TERRELL DAVIS, Broncos

1998 1999

Games 16 4

Attempts 392 67

TDs 21 2

Per carry 5.1 3.1

Per game 125.5 52.8

Davis tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in the fourth game in 1999 and never ran for 1,000 yards in a season again.

6. CHRIS JOHNSON, Titans

2009 2010

Games 16 16

Attempts 358 316

TDs 14 11

Per carry 5.6 4.3

Per game 125.4 85.3

Johnson set the NFL record in 2009 for most yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving) with 2,509.

7. O.J. SIMPSON, Bills

1973 1974

Games 14 14

Attempts 332 270

TDs 12 3

Per carry 6.0 4.2

Per game 143.1 80.4

"The Juice" is the only player to rush for 2,000 yards in a 14-game season. Teams started playing 16 in 1978.