An Inside Look at Peterson's Pace

Posted Oct 7, 2013

The Vikings finally got on the winning track last week in London, out-dueling the Pittsburgh Steelers by a count of 34-27 thanks to sensational performances from several star players. One of those players was Adrian Peterson, who torched the Steelers defense for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

But while the winning track was new for the team in 2013, the fast track the reigning MVP was on against Pittsburgh is nothing new. In fact, with 421 rushing yards through four games, Peterson ranks second in the NFL, is off to the second-fastest start of his career and is off to the third-fastest start in team history.

Season - Yards Through First 4 Games
480 Adrian Peterson, 2010
440 Robert Smith, 1997
421 Adrian Peterson, 2013
420 Adrian Peterson, 2008

After a 78-yard touchdown run on the Vikings first play from scrimmage this season, Peterson was momentarily slowed. He finished that game with 93 yards and was held to 88 yards against Cleveland two weeks later. But Peterson also has a pair of 100-yard games already (100 against Detroit in Week 2) and he broke off another long run against Pittsburgh, using a key block from Joe Webb to run over and run past the rest of the Steelers defense for a 60-yard score. And speaking of scores, Peterson already has five rushing touchdowns, most in the NFL.

The Vikings return from their bye this week and will face a stingy Carolina Panthers defense. To stay on the winning track, they’d be wise to continue hitching their wagon to Peterson, who remains on the fast track.