CHASING ERIC DICKERSON'S RUSHING RECORD
IN 1984, ERIC DICKERSON RUSHED FOR 2,105 YARDS EARNING THE SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING RECORD.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has put together arguably the most impressive statistical year of his career, all of it less than one year removed from reconstructive knee surgery. Peterson is closing in on Eric Dickerson's all-time record for rushing yards in a season, and could break it in the last game of the season against the Green Bay Packers. Peterson needs 208 yards to surpass Dickerson's record. Visit the Record Zone for more on which long-standing NFL records are in danger of being broken.
WEEK 17 VS. PACKERS
With the playoffs on the line, Adrian Peterson turned in an MVP caliber performance, rushing for 199 yards and a touchdown, falling just nine yards short of breaking the record. He also had a receiving touchdown as the Vikings beat the Packers 37-34, securing a spot in the playoffs. Rushing totals through sixteen games: Dickerson 2,105, Peterson 2,097. Visit Game Center for more on Packers at Vikings.
WEEK 16 VS. TEXANS
It was a pretty quiet day for Adrian Peterson, as he ran for only 86 yards Sunday in a 23-6 win over the Houston Texans, making his attempt at breaking Eric Dickerson's record a bit tougher. Yardage totals through sixteen games: Dickerson 2007 yards. Peterson 1898. Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Texans.
WEEK 15 VS. RAMS
Adrian Peterson ran for over 200 yards for the second time this season against the St. Louis Rams, and helped the Vikings record their eighth win of the season. Peterson had 212 yards and a touchdown in the 36-22 victory. Yardage totals through fourteen games: Dickerson 1792, Peterson 1812. Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Rams.
WEEK 14 VS. BEARS
Adrian Peterson topped 100 yards before the first quarter was over, and totaled 154 yards and two touchdowns on the day to help keep the Vikings thin playoff hopes alive. Yardage totals through thirteen games: Dickerson, 1643, Peterson 1600. Visit Game Center for more on Bears at Vikings.
WEEK 13 VS. PACKERS
Adrian Peterson ran wild over the Green Bay Packers' defense for a total of 210 yards and a touchdown, but Christian Ponder threw two costly interceptions that lead to a 23-14 Green Bay victory. Yardage totals through twelve games: Dickerson 1452, Peterson 1446. Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Packers.
WEEK 12 VS. BEARS
After the bye week, Adrian Peterson picked right up where he left off with 108 yard performance. The Vikings lost, however, as they turned the ball over three times to the Bears. Yardage totals through eleven games: Dickerson 1320, Peterson 1236. Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Bears.
WEEK 10 VS. LIOINS
In week 10, the Vikings rode Adrian Peterson to victory, as their superstar running back gained 171 yards on 27 carries with one touchdown. Yardage totals through ten games: Dickerson 1171, Peterson 1128. Visit Game Center for more on Lions at Vikings.
WEEK 9 VS. SEAHAWKS
Against the stingy Seattle defense Adrian Peterson put on a heroic performance, rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings fell to the Seahawks, however, 30-20. Yardage totals through nine games: Dickerson 963, Peterson 957. Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Seahawks.
WEEK 8 VS. BUCCANEERS
Despite Adrian Peterson's 123 yard, one touchdown performance, the Vikings fell short and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 36-17. Yardage totals through eight games: Dickerson 925, Peterson 775. Visit Game Center for more on Buccaneers at Vikings.
WEEK 7 VS. CARDINALS
Adrian Peterson finally broke free against the Arizona Cardinals, rushing for 153 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings won the game 21-14. Yardage totals through seven games: Dickerson 780, Peterson 652. Visit Game Center for more on Cardinals at Vikings.
WEEK 6 VS. REDSKINS
The Vikings' three game winning streak came to an end at the hands of RG3 and the Redskins in week 6. Adrian Peterson rushed for 79 yards in the loss. Yardage totals through six games: Dickerson 605, Peterson 499. Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Redskins.
WEEK 5 VS. TITANS
Adrian Peterson rushed for 88 yards against the visiting Tennessee Titans, and helped the Vikings notch their fourth win of the young season. Yardage totals through five games: Dickerson 498, Peterson 420. Visit Game Center for more on Titans at Vikings.
WEEK 4 VS. LIONS
The Vikings kept rolling as they traveled to Detroit, where Adrian Peterson broke the 100-yard barrier for the first time this season as he rushed for 102 yards in a 20-13 win over the division rival Lions. Yardage totals through four games: Dickerson 378, Peterson 332. Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Lions.
WEEK 3 VS. 49ERS
Adrian Peterson racked up 84 yards rushing against the vaunted San Francisco defense as the Vikings shocked the NFL by upsetting the 49ers in week 3. Yardage totals through three games: Dickerson 289, Peterson 230. Visit Game Center for more on 49ers at Vikings.
WEEK 2 VS. COLTS
Against the Indianapolis Colts, Adrian Peterson was held to just 60 yards on 16 carries. He was also unable to find the endzone. Yardage totals through two games: Dickerson 240, Peterson 144. Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Colts.
WEEK 1 VS. JAGUARS
In his first week back from knee injury Adrian Peterson rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars. Vikings won in overtime, 26-23. Yardage totals through one game: Dickerson 138, Peterson 84. Visit Game Center for more on Jaguars at Vikings.