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Tale of the Tape: All Day vs. Megatron

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Not many will describe Sunday’s game in Detroit between the Vikings and Lions as one of Opening Week’s marquee games, but the matchup does feature two players who are at the top of their respective positions. The Vikings boast NFL MVP Adrian Peterson at running back and the Lions feature Calvin Johnson, who just last year set a new NFL single-season receiving yardage record, at receiver.

Here’s a side-by-side look at how each star has fared against their opponent during their seven-year career. Keep in mind, both Peterson and Johnson were drafted in the same year, with Peterson going to the Vikings seventh overall and Johnson going to the Lions second overall in 2007.


Adrian Peterson vs. the Lions
11 games                        
Record: 8-3                        
Rushing Attempts: 217 (19.7/game)            
Rushing Yards: 1,165 (105.9/game)            
Rushing TDs: 9                                                        
Best Game: 2010 - 23 carries for 160 yards (7.0) & 2 TDs, 80-yard touchdown run       
Calvin Johnson vs. the Vikings
11 games
Record: 3-8
Receptions: 58 (5.3/game)
Receiving Yards: 836 (76.0/game)
Receiving TDs: 7
Best Game: 2012 - 12 receptions for 207 yards (17.3) & 1 TD
13 targets and 9 receptions for a 1st down