Vikings running back Adrian Peterson entered Sunday’s game needing 506 yards in three games to set the single-season rushing record.
He got more than 40 percent of that amount in four quarters in St. Louis.
Peterson rushed for 212 yards in a 36-22 win over the Rams, including an 82-yard touchdown run, along with a 52-yard scamper after the Rams had trimmed the gap from 26 to 11.
He now has 1,812 rushing yards for the season, the most of his career. With two games left, he needs 293 to tie Eric Dickerson’s 1984 record of 2,105 yards, and 294 to beat it.
Yes, Eric, you should be nervous.
Peterson already owns the single-game record of 296, set in November 2007. Sunday’s output was his most since that game.
It’s the second 200-yard effort for Peterson in three weeks. He has now rushed for 1,213 yards in the last eight games, an average of 151 per game.
He also has 576 yards in the last three games.