After 14 games, Adrian Peterson has 1,812 rushing yards. He's 294 yards away from breaking the record held by Eric Dickerson for most rushing yards in a single season (2,105). Dickerson set the record in 1984 and had 1,791 yard through 14 games. He blew up for 313 yards over the last two games.
Just how historic is Peterson's season? Consider this: There have been six running backs who have eclipsed the 2,000 yards mark (Dickerson, Jamal Lewis, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Chris Johnson and O.J. Simpson) and with the exception of Simpson, none of those other backs had 1,800 yards after 14 games. In fact, there have only been three other running backs in NFL history to rush for over 1,800 yards in 14 games. O.J. Simpson (Twice) had 2,003 yards in 1973 and 1,817 yards and 1975. Walter Payton rushed for 1,852 in 1977. Jim Brown ran for 1,863 in 1963.
I'm predicting he will get 340 yards over the next two games, putting the new mark around 2,150.
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