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Running Space Likely Tight for Adrian Peterson vs. Rams

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Much is being written about Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Rams rookie Todd Gurley this week and understandably so.

Peterson is 22nd all-time in NFL rushing yards (10,823), and Gurley is the first rookie in NFL history to rush for 125 or more yards in four straight games and has 566 rushing yards in his first four starts — the most in such a stretch since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

Some have called this a matchup of the NFL's present and future at one place in time.

Pretty heavy, Doc.

While hoverboards aren't rampant yet in 2015, they do exist. We also have "Next Gen Stats" that are well illustrated in the video above with help of game film and devices to track players in time and space.

The video takes a look at the success St. Louis has had this season in clogging run lanes and opens with a safety recorded by LB James Laurinaitis (a native of Plymouth, Minnesota) last week against San Francisco.

The Rams defense ranks ninth in stopping the run (98.1 yards allowed/game), and the Vikings offense is fifth in the league in rushing (131.0 yards per game).

Defenses have been aggressive in trying to stop Peterson at the line of scrimmage, but the video shows how he squeezed through less than a yard of space at Detroit for a gain of 15. In case you were wondering, the mammoth hole he ran through for a 48-yard touchdown in Denver was 3.81 yards.

Number 28 didn't hit 88 during his 75-yard run at Detroit, but he did top out at 21.74 mph.

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