One of the most anticipated returns to the football field will take place this season when the Minnesota Vikings begin to play – and running back Adrian Peterson is on the field once again. After a lengthy suspension kept him out of most of the 2014 season, leaving Teddy Bridgewater basically to fend for himself on the offensive side of the ball, the Vikings’ attack really suffered. However, the return of Peterson has a lot of NFL betting fans excited about the Purple People Eaters’ chances in the NFC North this season – with some optimistic enough to believe that the team will be able to knock off Green Bay and take the title themselves – or at least make a wild card. Another possibility, of course, is that Adrian Peterson will be able to break the NFL’s single-season rushing record and go for over 2,100 yards this year. Let’s look at whether that is likely, starting with reasons to think he might be able to do it. Teddy Bridgewater spent a lot of time running for his life last season, the fact that Minnesota lacked a credible threat in the backfield meant that defenses could focus on the passing game, setting their linemen off on blitzes and pass rushes. Now that Peterson is back, defenses will have to respect both the run and the pass, and this means that the line should be able to open up gaps for Peterson to find daylight. Now, let’s look at some reasons why Peterson is not so likely to break that record.
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