Adrian Peterson took a giant leap toward Eric Dickerson's rushing record Sunday, pounding the St. Louis Rams for 212 rushing yards, including an 82-yard touchdown.
The Minnesota Vikings running back now has 1,812 yards on the ground this season, topping his previous career high of 1,760. He is now just 294 yards away from the single-season rushing record.
Last week Peterson told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he was eyeing the record of 2,105 yards set by Dickerson in 1984. At the time he needed 506 yards (169 yards per game). After today's outburst he will need to average 147 yards over the final two games to achieve his goal.
How good has he been of late? The sixth-year back out of Oklahoma has exactly as many rushing yards (1,313) in his last eight games as Houston Texans superstar running back Arian Foster has the entire season.