The Houston Texans will try thwart Adrian Peterson’s quest for the single season rushing record as they take on the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium.
Houston can clinch the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win, while the Vikings hold on to NFC’s final Wild Card spot.
Peterson is 293 yards short of Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,105 rushing yards set back in 1984, with two games to go.
Last week Peterson gained 212 yards on 24 carries, including an 82 yard burst for a touchdown in Minnesota’s 36-22 win over the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams at times put nine men at the line of scrimmage and knew Peterson was going to get the ball, but failed to contain him all game.
Houston and their fifth ranked rushing defense represent Peterson’s biggest challenge to record books.
The 12-2 Texans clinched the AFC South last week with a 29-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts, sacking quarterback Andrew Luck five times, and running back Arian Foster gaining 165 yards on 27 carries.
Receiver Andre Johnson had 11 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Matt Schaub went 23-31 for 261 yards and a score.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by FOX, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Houston is favored by 9 points
Over/Under: 45 points
Prediction: Peterson should have some success against the Texans, but the rest of the Vikings offense will struggle. Houston and Johnson should capture the AFC's top seed with a win.
Predicted Score: Houston 24, Minnesota 10