Mid-day talker: Can Adrian Peterson break the NFL single-season rushing record?

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • December 3, 2012 - 1:05 PM

Short question: Can Adrian Peterson break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards?

Short answer: Yes.

Here's how: Peterson already has 1,446 yards rushing in 12 games, charting a course this season that has gone from 1) making the doubters look silly to 2) being a great story to 3) being UN-[REDACTED]-BELIEVABLE.

He is averaging 170 yards in his past four games.

If he averages 165 over his next four games, he will break Dickerson's record.

Is that a realistic pace to maintain? No.

Would you bet against Peterson doing anything this year? No.

Does it make his return from injury all the more crazy? Yes.

Does it make you want to bang your head into the wall over his wasted games? Yes.

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