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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson eyes 2,000 yard season

Peterson has run for over 1,100 yards in the last seven games.

Hannah Foslien

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been on a tear over the past seven games. Peterson not only extended his franchise record for straight games with at least 100 yards of rushing to seven in the Vikings 21-14 win over the Bears today, he finished the day with 1,600 yards on the season. He has dramatically picked up the pace in the last seven games with 1,101 yards on the ground.

Peterson is just 160 yards away from his 2008 franchise record 1,760 yards from the 2008 season. With three games to go on the season if Peterson averages his performances from the last seven games, he'll end the year with about 2,071 yards. That would be 34 yards short of Erik Dickerson's all-time record of 2,105 rushing yards with the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.

Peterson will have to do it against three defenses which rank in the top half a league when it comes to limiting the run. That includes the Houston Texans who ranked second in the NFL at 87.6 rushing yards allowed per game.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.