Apparently, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who most would consider the best in the league, has the bar set extremely high for himself.
In fact, it might be too high.
Peterson has rushed for 193 yards through two games this season including 100 yards in their last second loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 2.
Granted, Peterson’s yards per carry were down, but if you can tally 100+ yards in a game, you did your job. Not AP though, who was so upset by his performance this past weekend, he told the Star Tribune he needed to do some ‘soul searching’:
A 100-yard rushing performance in the NFL usually results in a hearty pat on the back and maybe even a game ball for most running backs. Adrian Peterson rushed for 100 yards last week and said he needed to do some “soul-searching.”
That’s example 2,097 why the reigning NFL MVP is not like everyone else.
“I was worried about the things that I left out there on the field and how much better I could’ve performed,” he said.
Peterson admittedly wasn’t himself in a 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Yes, he reached 100 yards for the 38th time in his career, but he lost one fumble and didn’t seem to blast away at opposing tacklers like he normally does.
Afterward, he described himself as hesitant. Film review reinforced that opinion.
“Yeah, I was just able to confirm that I was hesitant on some [runs],” he said. “Even though I didn’t realize it when I was out there, I could see on film that I was trying to do too much instead of taking what the defense gave me.”
I’m not sure I want to know what Peterson will have to do if he’s held to fifty yards at some point.