It must be amazing to be Christian Ponder. He undoubtedly has the best seat in the house to see Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson go to work every Sunday.
Right now, Ponder has seen Peterson do things no ordinary football player should be able to do. Adrian “All Day” Peterson has reached the 1,600-yard mark this season, and has his sights set on 2,000 rushing yards with three games remaining.
The former Sooner tailback carried the ball 31 times, picking up a total of 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns, leading the Vikings past the Chicago Bears, 21-14.
Passing the 1,600-yard mark in one season for the second time in his career is a huge accomplishment. It makes him the twelfth player in NFL history to run for more than 1,600 yards in a season multiple times.
Though, Adrian Peterson can become the seventh NFL player to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a single season. He would join the likes of Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, and Jamal Lewis.
At his current pace, Peterson will come very close to 2,000 yards, and will need some strong performances to reach the milestone.
It will not be easy by any means. Minnesota faces the St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans, and Green Bay Packers to finish the regular season. All three boast Top 15 run defenses, Houston being the second-best in the NFL.
Peterson, in his sixth season, will need to close out strong, but whether he reaches 2,000 yards or not, it has been a remarkable season for no. 28.
After a torn ACL ended his 2011 campaign last year, he’s managed to respond to the injury by utterly destroying defenses on a weekly basis.
While Peyton Manning is doing some fine things for the Denver Broncos after missing the entire 2011 season, Peterson has to be a major candidate for “Comeback Player of the Year,” if not the league’s Most Valuable Player.
Peterson and the Vikings pick up action next Sunday against Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams. Kick-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. CST inside the Edward Jones Dome.