Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is scary good.
Just how good is he?
According to CBS, Peterson, who averaged 19 carries for 84 yards per game through the seasons first five games took the first five weeks of the year “off” as he recovered from a devastating ACL injury.
Per Peterson, via CBS:
“Considering the time I played and the games I kind of sat out. The first five weeks I really didn’t get to play that much. I feel comfortable with that if you watched the Minnesota Vikings and watched our team play, you know the record was broken easily (if he was healthier earlier).”
Of course, Peterson didn’t technically “sit out” as he calls it, it was more of a “getting his feet wet” again scenario. Once week 6 of the season came around, Peterson looked every part of an MVP form and it didn’t stop as he averaged over 150 yards rushing per game for the rest of the year.
Had he done that through the first five weeks, Peterson would have broken the NFL’s single season rushing record.