Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) rushes for 21 yards as Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) tackles him in overtime at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - In 2013, Adrian Peterson became the second all-time leading rusher in a season.
He finished a mere 9 yards away from breaking the record held by Hall-of-Famer Eric Dickerson.
Among those in the 2,000 yard rushing club, nobody has ever come close to 2,000 yards the next year.
Peterson would need to average 198 yards over the last four games of the season to reach 2,000 yards. He rushed for 211 yards on 35 carries against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Peterson would only need to average 71 yards a game the rest of the season to top Barry Sanders, who currently holds the highest total in the season after rushing for more than 2,000 yards.
Through the first 12 games of this season, Peterson is averaging slightly more than 100 yards per game.
Here are the current second year standings:
- Barry Sanders 1,491 yards
- Chris Johnson 1,364 yards
- Eric Dickerson 1,234 yards
- Adrian Peterson 1,208 yards *4 games left
- O.J. Simpson 1,125 yards *14-game season
- Jamaal Lewis 1,066 yards
- Terrell Davis 241 yards
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