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'Spectacular' Fashion Helps Adrian Peterson Top NFL.com RB List

Adrian Peterson led the NFL with 1,485 rushing yards last season for his third career rushing title.

Peterson recently topped another list when Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks ranked the league's top five running backs heading into the 2016 season.

Jeremiah and Brooks had the Vikings all-time leading rusher in the No. 1 spot.

"Adrian Peterson is the No. 1 back because … he continues to get it done," Brooks said. "He does it in a spectacular, powerful and physical fashion.

"You see the body control, you see the power, super explosive when he has the ball in his hands," he added. "You talk about a guy who can be a grinder but also give you big-play opportunities, Adrian Peterson continues to be the crown jewel of the position."

Peterson tied for the league lead with 11 rushing touchdowns last season and is first among all active players with 97 career rushing scores. He is second among active players with 11,675 career rushing yards.

Vikings earn top 10 ranking from ESPN

ESPN.com put out its preseason power rankings, and the Vikings nabbed a top-10 spot.

Minnesota was slotted at No. 10 as the Vikings were praised for their stout defense.

In 2013, the year before coach Mike Zimmer arrived, the Vikings ranked last in points allowed. In 2015, Zimmer's second year, they finished fifth. If the offense can score some points, expect the Vikings to stay in the top 10.

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Griffen has lofty goals for 2016 season

Everson Griffen had produced double-digit sack totals in each of the last two seasons, but the Vikings defensive end has even bigger goals for 2016.

Griffen recently chatted with Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press about his expectations for the upcoming year. Although Griffen didn't reveal the sack total he hopes to hit, the seventh-season player expects big things.

*The NFL record is 22.5 by hall of fame defensive end Michael Strahan of the New York Giants in 2001. The Vikings' mark is 22, set by Jared Allen in 2011. *

*Griffen became the Vikings' right defensive end in 2014, replacing Allen when he left as a free agent for Chicago. Since then, Griffen has recorded 12 and 10.5 sacks the past two seasons. *

*He made his first Pro Bowl last year, yet when the NFL Network came out earlier this summer with its list of the Top 100 Players of 2016 — as voted by players — Griffen was not one of the nine defensive ends on the list. *

*Three of his teammates made it: running back Adrian Peterson was fifth, safety Harrison Smith 73rd and defensive tackle Linval Joseph 76th. *

"Respect is earned, and at the end of the day, I know what I do for my team," Griffen said. "You know, in the past two seasons, out of all the defensive ends and the outside 'backers, I'm No. 6 overall on sacks. I got 22.5 sacks. So, numbers talk, and the only thing that I can do is just keep on doing what I'm doing."

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