Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson favored slightly to win 2014 NFL rushing title over LeSean McCoy

The NFL season won’t kick off for months, but that hasn’t stop the gambling world from predicting Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as the odds-on favorite to win the 2014 rushing title.

According to Pro Football Talk, Nevada sports book CG Technology has set the odds at Peterson leading the league in rushing yards at 4-1.

Peterson, 29, won the NFL MVP in 2012 after rushing for a league-leading 2,097 yards, but saw his numbers drop across the board during an injury-plagued 2013. He finished fifth in the league in rushing with 1,266 yards despite missing two games, though his yards-per-carry average dropped over a yard.

Just behind Peterson sits Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, last season’s leading rusher, with 5-1 odds. McCoy ran for 1,607 yards last season in Chip Kelly’s fast-moving, high-powered offense, and should be able to produce similarly in 2014 barring injuries.

Following those two sit a number of other running backs:

- Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles, 10-1

- Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, 12-1

- Washington’s Alfred Morris, 12-1

- Chicago’s Matt Forte, 14-1

- Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin, 18-1

The sports book also set “the field” — which consists of all other running backs not listed above — at 8-1 odds, if you’re feeling a possible dark horse like Eddie Lacy or Giovanni Bernard. Lacy, individually, received 22-1 odds, while Bernard sits at 30-1 odds.

Some other notables include Houston’s Arian Foster at 20-1 odds and Denver’s Montee Ball, who’s expected to take over for Knowshon Moreno as the team’s top back, at 22-1 odds.

These will obviously keep changing as the offseason progresses, injuries occur and depth charts settle, but for now, it’s AP All Day.


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