PDA

View Full Version : Eight Games Into Career, Peterson Owns Single Game Rushing Record



leelandk
11-05-2007, 12:31 AM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson raced to the NFL's single-game rushing record at the midpoint of his rookie season. Who knows how many more records he could have at the end of the year?

After giving up the longest play in league history on a missed field goal right before halftime, the Vikings turned to their amazing rookie and Peterson delivered -- rushing for an NFL-record 296 yards in a 35-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Minnesota (3-5) pressured Philip Rivers into one of the worst games of his career and made sure LaDainian Tomlinson didn't come close to matching Peterson's performance.

San Diego (4-4) lost a November game for the first time since 2003 and reverted to the shaky play on both sides of the ball that led to a 1-3 start.

Here's what Peterson did:

-- He topped 200 yards rushing for the second time in one season, a feat no other rookie has accomplished.

-- He scored two of his three touchdowns and gained 253 yards in the second half, helping the Vikings rally from a 14-7 deficit they faced after Antonio Cromartie plucked a missed field goal out of the air and returned it 109 yards for a touchdown.

-- He reached 1,036 yards rushing for the season, putting him on pace to smash Eric Dickerson's rookie record of 1,808 yards set in 1983. Dickerson's all-time record of 2,105 yards in 1984 is in reach, too.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson got hurt again, and backup Brooks Bollinger was much better in the second half that included a 40-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice that put Minnesota in front 21-14.

But it's easy to look good handing off to Peterson.

Earlier in the quarter, he burst through a hole off left tackle for a 64-yard score. In the fourth, with the Vikings holding a 21-17 lead, Peterson stretched for extra yardage and had the ball stripped at the San Diego 20. The Chargers recovered with 10 minutes left.

After they punted, Mewelde Moore returned it 42 yards, and Peterson needed only one play to put the game away and show off his unique blend of power, speed and instinct once again. He ran around right end for a 46-yard touchdown, giving his team an 11-point lead midway through the quarter.

On the game's final possession, the Vikings put Peterson in to get the record with a 3-yard plunge through the middle.

There were nine punts over a 15-minute stretch that ended mercifully on the action-filled final drive of the second quarter.

The Vikings took possession at their 20 with 2:24 remaining with all three timeouts, but they mismanaged the clock again and let it move under 40 seconds when Jackson ran from the pocket and was knocked out of the game with an apparent neck injury during the tackle.

Bollinger came in and moved them close enough for Ryan Longwell to try a 57-yard field goal. It was on line, but just short -- leaving Cromartie room to leap and catch the ball without stepping out.

He ran it back all the way, without being touched, and in the process gained 18 more yards than his team did on offense in the entire half.

Normally placid Minnesota coach Brad Childress was so frustrated he chucked his headset off. He was far more pleased after the break, despite two lost fumbles: one by Chester Taylor at the San Diego 3, plus the other by Peterson at the San Diego 20.

Rivers didn't have nearly as much fun. He went 19-for-42 for 197 yards.

He spent most of the game complaining to the officials, while the Chargers continually cost themselves field position with ill-timed penalties and made plenty of mistakes on both sides of the ball. Rivers fumbled two snaps and threw an interception midway through the fourth quarter that the Vikings turned into a short touchdown by Taylor to take a 35-17 lead.

Tomlinson rushed 16 times for 40 yards.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=271104016

This kid is something special. I've been a Sooner fan all my life so I'm biased towards OU players, but I'm curious to what some other members think of AP, the NFL's leading rusher.

eazye76
11-05-2007, 03:51 PM
I have seen the future.... And it's Adrian Peterson


My buddies a Vikings fan, so I've seen and heard about him all year, he seems like the real deal.

Afro
11-06-2007, 07:21 AM
My fav college back, my fav NFL Player

I support All Day Peterson!

eazye76
11-06-2007, 04:39 PM
Look out Eric Dickerson. Peterson is better than Jamal Lewis was a few years ago.:sadsong:

Severn
11-07-2007, 03:57 AM
Look out Eric Dickerson. Peterson is better than Jamal Lewis was a few years ago.:sadsong:

And he'll only get better.

It's a shame he's not the starter. It's ridiculous that he's not the starter. For fucks sake start the man.

leelandk
11-07-2007, 07:22 AM
My fav college back, my fav NFL Player

I support All Day Peterson!

He kinda flew under alot of people's radar because of the high ankle sprain his sophomore year and collar bone injury his junior year. He's definitely a throwback.

Macgyver
11-07-2007, 04:27 PM
What amazes me is that he's putting up these stats on a team that has no QB and no threats at receiver!!!

eazye76
11-07-2007, 11:15 PM
What amazes me is that he's putting up these stats on a team that has no QB and no threats at receiver!!!
Your right, but to be fair to the Vikes, they do have an excellent offensive line

Macgyver
11-08-2007, 10:21 PM
Your right, but to be fair to the Vikes, they do have an excellent offensive line

Agreed. Hutchy is the man!!!

Chester Taylor's averaging 4.6 ypc which is solid!!!

I was just trying to point out that most defenses will bring an extra guy in the box (8 or 9 depending on the offensive formation) when you play a running team, which means there's usually at least one guy unblocked...AP makes him miss or runs him the fuck over!!

baba
11-14-2007, 10:19 PM
Has anyone ever gotten Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in the same season??

I don't think so, but this kid's got a legitimate shot.

leelandk
11-16-2007, 06:54 AM
Sucks Peterson tore a ligament in his knee. Anyone think he can still win ROTY if he misses 3 or 4 games?

Macgyver
11-16-2007, 06:43 PM
Sucks Peterson tore a ligament in his knee. Anyone think he can still win ROTY if he misses 3 or 4 games?

Well...looking at the other candidates

QB - Trent Edwards
RB - Marshawn Lynch
OL - Joe Staley - Edit: Joe Thomas
WR - Dwayne Bowe
DL - Jarvis Green??
LB - Patrick Willis/David Harris
CB - Leon Hall/Aaron Ross

It will be between AP, Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis (88 total tackles, league leader), and David Harris (66 total tackles)

I would think that the biggest threat is David Harris. If he can he lead the league in tackles after only starting 9 games (if he keeps up this pace he will)...that's a feat!! But, I can't see him realistically continuing to put up 20 tackles a game.

Edit: I'm talking about most impressive Rookie performance (understanding there's separte ROTY for Offense and Defense)

TeddyDaBear
11-16-2007, 11:44 PM
Well...looking at the other candidates

QB - Trent Edwards
RB - Marshawn Lynch
OL - Joe Staley - Edit: Joe Thomas
WR - Dwayne Bowe
DL - Jarvis Green??
LB - Patrick Willis/David Harris
CB - Leon Hall/Aaron Ross

It will be between AP, Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis (88 total tackles, league leader), and David Harris (66 total tackles)

I would think that the biggest threat is David Harris. If he can he lead the league in tackles after only starting 9 games (if he keeps up this pace he will)...that's a feat!! But, I can't see him realistically continuing to put up 20 tackles a game.

Edit: I'm talking about most impressive Rookie performance (understanding there's separte ROTY for Offense and Defense)

Patrick Willis will get serious consideration but I disagree with u about David Harris...Leon Hall has a bunch of INT's and is about the only decent player on Cincy's D. Also, how could you not pick Marshawn Lynch? He's been one of the most productive backs in the league from week to week and is a major factor in Buffalo's resurgence.

Macgyver
11-19-2007, 04:48 PM
Patrick Willis will get serious consideration but I disagree with u about David Harris...Leon Hall has a bunch of INT's and is about the only decent player on Cincy's D. Also, how could you not pick Marshawn Lynch? He's been one of the most productive backs in the league from week to week and is a major factor in Buffalo's resurgence.

I'm as big of a Lynch fan as you're gonna get. I just think that even if he does catch up to AP in yardage (big if), it is because he played more games. Marshawn will have to do something really special to eclipse what AP has done thus far....