Running back Adrian Peterson will continue his chase for the NFL single season rushing Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings meet the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome.
The record is held by former Ram Eric Dickerson, who set the mark of 2,105 yards in 1984. Peterson currently has 1,600 yard this season, and will have to average just over 168 yards for the next three games to equal Dickerson.
As Peterson tries to break an all-time record, the Vikings still hold an outside chance to make the playoffs. They will need Dallas and Washington to stumble, and have to win out to make the postseason, with games at Houston and home against Green Bay to close.
The Vikings started on the right track last week, with 21-14 win over the reeling Chicago Bears. Peterson’s two first quarter touchdowns, and Harrison Smith’s 56-yard interception return sealed the victory.
Peterson will get as many carries as he wants, but not because of the record. Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder has thrown at least one interception in eight of the last nine games.
The Rams stand a good chance of thwarting Peterson’s ambition, with the 13th ranked rushing defense in the league.
Last week they held the Buffalo Bills to 61rushing yards in a thrilling 15-12 win, capped by a 13-yard touchdown reception by receiver Brandon Gibson with 48 seconds left.
Like the Vikings, St. Louis needs several teams to falter but still have an opportunity for the playoffs if they win out. They will close the season with two straight road games at Tampa Bay and at Seattle.
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: St. Louis is favored by 3 points
Over/Under: 38.5 points
Prediction: Peterson will get his touches, and St. Louis will center their defense around him. This game will depend on Ponder and St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford. Look for Minnesota to pull out a very tight game, and Peterson should still get his yards and keep pace for the record
Predicted Score: Minnesota 24, St. Louis 10