Adrian Peterson is back and looking to be better than ever -- and everybody.
The Minnesota Vikings running back has 1,600 yards rushing with three games left to play a season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee. But his goal isn't 2,000 yards; he wants 2,106.
After tearing apart the Chicago Bears' depleted defense for 154 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard scamper on the game's first play from scrimmage, Peterson told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he's eying the single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, set by Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.
He would need to gain about 169 yards a game the rest of the way to accomplish the feat. It seems improbable, but Peterson has averaged 157 yards rushing in the Vikings' last seven games after a slow (by comparison) start to the season, when he averaged 83 yards in the team's first six games.