Adrian Peterson honored for greatest rushing month ever

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Adrian Peterson had 861 rushing yards in December, the most any player has ever gained in any month in NFL history. So it’s not exactly a surprise that he was chosen as the NFC’s offensive player of the month.

But while the honor isn’t surprising, the production Peterson had in December was stunning. To illustrate just how great Peterson’s December was, consider this: Of the 32 NFL teams, 14 of them didn’t have a single player rush for 861 yards for the entire season. Here’s a list of players who were the leading rushers on their teams who had fewer yards for the entire season than Peterson had in December:

LeSean McCoy, Eagles, 840 yards
Vick Ballard, Colts, 814 yards
Michael Turner, Falcons, 800 yards
Mikel Leshoure, Lions, 798 yards
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers, 737 yards
Willis McGahee, Broncos, 731 yards
Darren McFadden, Raiders, 707 yards
Ryan Mathews, Chargers, 707 yards
DeMarco Murray, Cowboys, 663 yards
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers, 623 yards
Mark Ingram, Saints, 602 yards
Alex Green, Packers 464 yards
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars, 414 yards
LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals, 357 yards

Peterson’s December would have made him the leading rusher on nearly half the teams in the league, including the two teams that have home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

In five December games, Peterson had 210, 154, 212, 86 and 199 yards, and he was the biggest reason the Vikings rode a four-game winning streak to the playoffs. Now the Vikings will hope they can ride Peterson to another four-game winning streak in the postseason.

70 responses to “Adrian Peterson honored for greatest rushing month ever

  1. What this really illustrates is just how much of a passing league the NFL has become.

    That said…hat’s off to AD…great player, great RB, and great person.

  2. It is very impressive what hes done. But your list is not, 7 of the players on it off of the top of my go injured.

    Michael David Smith: You don’t think it’s impressive that Peterson was able to handle that kind of workload and not get injured?

  3. I heard a comment today that Peterson did more with less and therefore should be the Most Valuable Player of the Year.

    This list of season yardage puts Peterson accomplishment into clear perspective.

    So, I would say Adrian Peterson IS this years’ MVP.

  4. I don’t know what was more shocking; Peterson’s total rushing yards for December or the fact that Mark Ingram actually gained 600 yards for the year.

  5. logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 3, 2013 12:18 PM
    Alfred Morris got robbed. It’s quite alright though…Peterson will be on his couch watching Alfred win the SB in 34 days.

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    Closet Cowboys fan….

  6. Wow… he almost had 1000 yards rushing… in a month!

    And to think we re-signed DeAngelo Williams, a 2-time pro-bowler, to an expensive contract and he produces less than 800 yards in 16 games.

    This man is the clear MVP of the league.

  7. The word “great” is so overused. But in AP’s case, it really fits. He truly is a great running back.
    He is also a good man and apparently a terrific teammate as well.
    Even if you’re not a Viking fan, just a football fan, we should all enjoy watching this once in a generation talent.

  8. All of the players you mentioned were either injured or were not starters, and came in for injured players. Please do not diminish what AP has accomplished by skewing the numbers.

    Michael David Smith: First of all, you’re wrong: DeAngelo Williams was the Panthers’ starter last season and did not get injured. Secondly, that’s kind of the point: Don’t you think it’s pretty impressive that Peterson was able to handle that kind of workload and not get injured?

  9. “Peterson’s December would have made him the leading rusher on nearly half the teams in the league, including the two teams that have home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.”

    That just goes to prove that teams who have success in todays NFL don’t run the ball 35 times a game, yet they win a lot of games.

  10. This year by AD, even not considering the type of injury he came back from, is as epic as Marino’s 48 td passes and Unitas’ td streak, etc. Passing like that in a running league is outstanding.
    And so too is AD running like this in a passing league.

    A lot of RBs these days get good yardage because they run from a spread or because there are nickel defenses on the field a lot because their QBs are so good. Not AD. He’s running like this in a passing league with a billion in the box every week.
    MVP.

  11. If there’s anyone in NFL history with a legit shot at rushing for 2000+ yards in more than one season, it’s AP. I bet he breaks Dickerson’s single season record before all is said and done.

  12. As long as the Packers lost anyway, I wish Peterson had broken one more tackle and taken it to the house…..for the victory and the record. It would have been legendary and well-earned. (His effort was still pretty damn good.)

    He cannot be allowed to come anywhere close to that effort again on Saturday.

  13. The man was a machine this year. He got better as the season went on. Too bad he is on a team that will likely never get him a superbowl.

    Watch him continue playing for the Vikes and right near the end of his career, they go to the SB but when they are at the goal line they give it to some fat D-lineman to score the touchdown.

  14. malvaren18 says:
    Jan 3, 2013 12:45 PM
    Manning MVP, Peterson is a good running back but that is it, he is no leader.

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    He is no leader? i’d say rushing for over 2k yards is a pretty good leader on the field. Take him off the Vikings and they are 3-13 again. Take Manning off the Broncos 8-8? oh wait that’s what they were last season with Tebow.

  15. Broncos made the playoffs with Tim Tebow a guy who couldn’t even start for the lowly Jets. Manning Comeback Player of the Year. But everyone knows it’s MVPeterson

  16. He’s honored for the greatest rushing month ever because he failed to attain the greatest rushing year ever. Have fun in second place, Adrian.

  17. Insane that it takes a season like this to even consider a non-qb for the MVP. I hope this breaks the ice a bit for players like JJ Watt, Von Miller, and any other extremely valuable non-qb. I do understand that QB is by far the most important position, I just think it’s nice to remember the value these other players bring.

  18. 2nd most yards by RB in history. Most yards in one month in history of NFL. Takes a 3-13 team to 10-6 and the playoffs. Notice none of my examples talk about coming back from injury. That doesn’t matter. AP is the MVP, injury or no injury.

  19. I keep seeing comments about how Alfred Morris is thr best rb an he is getting ripped off and what not. I dont understand how people can really think he is better then AP. Defenses solely gameplan to stop AP cause Ponder is inconsistent. Defenses gameplan to stop RGIII more so then Morris. Peterson came yards shy of breaking a record over 20 years old after shredding his knee. Morris is a rookie with one good season under his belt. ihis good season also feel over 400 yards short of AP. So I dont understand how he can be talked about as better. AP is a beast and a machine. MVP.

  20. As QB’s go, Rodgers and Brady are more deserving of MVP than Manning but as a football fan, it’s not even close, Peterson is MVP without question. If anyone other than Peterson gets it this year, then the MVP voting is on par with the Pro Bowl for being a joke.

  21. I am not a Vikings fan, in fact I despise them BUT the most VALUABLE player in the NFL is by far AP. Without him, the Vikings are a 5-11 team at best and drafting in the top 7. He has made the Vikings a playoff team, proving his value. His QB is horrible, AP is the offense and deservingly the MVP.

  22. I think they should have a separate award if they want to be so closed minded about QB’s always being the MVP. That 2yd check down that goes 80 to the house was all the RB or WR but the QB gets credit for a 80 TD pass. Archie Manning and other great QB’s were never MVP’s because they didn’t have good RB’s and WR’s to aid their stats. QB’s and RB’s are both dependent on their offensive lines but that’s where the comparison ends. QB’s depend on WR’s, TE’s and RB’s to build their stats whereas the RB’s stats are self-generated. Put P. Manning on a team with no wr’s (how about the vikings) and he would not lead that team to the playoffs. With Percy Harvin on IR, I had to go to the Vikings team roster in order to find out who played WR for them…it’s that bad, LOL

  23. He also had over 1,300 yards in an 8 game stretch this year. That would extrapolate to over 2,600 yards for a full season. He can easily top Dickerson in the future.

  24. I’ll take Alfred Morris, the New Diesel…. Im sure y’all think I’m crazy, and that’s ok. Lifetime, A.P. vs. Redskins- 4 games, 44 rushes, 180 yards….who knows, maybe a cruel twist of fate will happen and they’ll face each other in the playoffs, and Peterson will break out…. But until then, I’ll take this kid

  25. “Peterson’s December would have made him the leading rusher on nearly half the teams in the league, including the two teams that have home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.”

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    Just goes to show how unimportant a star running back is these days.

    More stats for you: The top 10 quarterbacks (by rating) in the NFL this year went 105-55. The top 10 running backs this year (by yards) went 87-72-1.

    Adrian Peterson had an impressive year. But it’s like being the best Atari player in 2012.

  26. I think it will be funny to watch the Rams knock the Redskins out of the playoffs year after year over the next decade thanks to all of the picks they got for RG3.

  27. Peterson’s a beast, clearly the best in the NFL, but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone mention or give credit to the Vikes O-line. No pro bowlers, just a bunch of guys plowing the way and making a historic season possible.

  28. tharoostah says: Jan 3, 2013 12:21 PM

    It is very impressive what hes done. But your list is not, 7 of the players on it off of the top of my go injured.

    Michael David Smith: You don’t think it’s impressive that Peterson was able to handle that kind of workload and not get injured?

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    Everyone agrees what he’s done is impressive, but to mention those players that didn’t play many games because of injury is misleading. If your point was that it’s impressive that he didn’t get hurt, you never mentioned injury in your article.

    You’re picking stats that support your story, but there’s a big hole in it. Nice try though.

  29. logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 3, 2013 12:18 PM
    Alfred Morris got robbed. It’s quite alright though…Peterson will be on his couch watching Alfred win the SB in 34 days.

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    I like Alfred, but at least he has a passing game and another threat to run in front of him. All the Vikes have is AP.

  30. dinisco says:
    Jan 3, 2013 1:36 PM
    Peterson’s a beast, clearly the best in the NFL, but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone mention or give credit to the Vikes O-line. No pro bowlers, just a bunch of guys plowing the way and making a historic season possible.

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    PFT listed Sullivan (Center) as a Pro-Bowl Snub, and Kalil only gave up 2 sacks and had something like 2-3 penalties all year. He’s a future All-Pro for sure.

  31. If CJ Spiller had gotten 2 more carries than Adrian Peterson, he would have led the league in rushing and broken ED’s mark by 3 yards. Just throwing that out there

  32. snarcasms says:Jan 3, 2013 1:12 PM

    Rarely do you get 5 games in a month.

    Nice feat, but a bit inflated.

    He had 775 in his first 8 games, so I guess he was slacking then.
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    He was being eased in after returning from ACL surgery. Imagine what he would have done if he would have been 100% at the beginning of the year. He had 1,598 yards over the last 10 games, which would be 12 yards short of leading the league.

  33. i keep telling you all that Adrian Peterson and damn near the rest of the league are Titans, their abilities sholudn’t shock anyone

  34. AP for MVP.

    League rankings

    1st rushing yards 2097 closes 1613 by Al Morris
    1st rushing yards per game 131.1
    3rd rushing TDs 12
    1st yards per carry 6.0 tied with Spiller but AP had 141 more carries.

    AP accounted for 42.9% of his team’s total offense.
    His rushing total is 30% more than the number two rusher in the league.

    This is one of the greatest example of a rb putting his team on his back and carrying them to the playoff.

    I don’t understand why Manning is the frontrunner. His numbers are similar to other top QBs such as Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. He is no more or less important to his team than thise two yet he gets more pub for MVP.

    If AP can’t win MVP this year in which he was 10 yards away from breaking the single season rushing record and in December rushed for more yards than any back has ever rushed fir in a month (when his team needed his performance the most to get in the playoffs)…..if he can’t win MVP then we’re saying no back can.

  35. There’s a lot to like about Alfred Morris. Runs hard, costs much less, is a rookie with less on his body, good attitude.

    On the other hand, Shanny has a history with flash in the pan backs. Morris does benefit from the overall uniqueness of the Redskin offense and defenses keying on RGIII. Let’s see how he’s doing in a couple years once teams have seen the read-option a few more times. FTTR.

    At this point, Adrian has done it for several years. Most of the time being the focal point of the defense. And oh yeah, he does play several teams besides the Redskins, and in general most fans look at overall stats…not sure if everyone here understands that.

  36. AP = Yards 861 Avg. 6.3
    Best 5 Game stretch?
    Barry Sanders in 1997 in his last five games had 841 yards Avg. 7.3
    Walter Payton in 1977 in a five game stretch had 888 yards Avg. 6.6
    Both Better Running Backs then Adrian Peterson.

  37. That it’s all the Vikings are good for running, let’s see how far they make it through the playoffs, they should be done this weekend.
    Let see how far that leadership takes them!

  38. flakeybiscuits says:
    Jan 3, 2013 2:05 PM
    If CJ Spiller had gotten 2 more carries than Adrian Peterson, he would have led the league in rushing and broken ED’s mark by 3 yards. Just throwing that out there
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    LOL Spiller has 2,088 yards for his CAREER!

  39. I’ve been trying to figure out whether logicalvoicesays is Albert Morris or his agent.

    Morris looks like he’ll be a great back. Check back in 5 years to see if he has Peterson’s consistency and durability. Better yet, put him on a team where he is the entire offense and 9 guys on defense can key on him, and see if he can carry the team as Peterson does the Vikings. Fortunately for Morris, he is not in that situation. Fortunately for Morris as well, he has not had to fight back from an injury like Peterson did. Sorry, but comparisons between the two aren’t very logical at this point.

  40. The Panthers screwed with DeAngelo The best thing that could’ve happened to him was be traded. When he got the bulk of the carries he produced well and they won. IDK what they were trying to prove with Stewart but Williams had 415 yards over the last 5 games not to mention 139 yards recieving with 2 TD. He had 2 games over 20 rushes and 3 over 15 carries. I believe we have a Ray Rice scenario in Carolina more touches for Williams the more wins. I just don’t get what the Rivera regime was doing in the first half of the season if he would have gotten more touches they’d have more wins.

    PS. AP MVP AD

  41. flakeybiscuits says:
    Jan 3, 2013 2:05 PM
    If CJ Spiller had gotten 2 more carries than Adrian Peterson, he would have led the league in rushing and broken ED’s mark by 3 yards. Just throwing that out there
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    Comparing the “what ifs” is pretty pointless. Spillers average yards a carry may state thats what he would have done. But, that doesnt factor in the abuse those next 140 carries takes on a body. There is a good chance that spiller would not have been able to keep up that kind of pace with more carries. I remember after CJ2K ran for 2,000 yards,and there was serious arguement on here about him being better than AP. Then what happened to him? Regardless of which team you cheer for, and no matter what a players stats “supposedly” would have been if he had the same amount carries, AP had the best rushing season i’ve ever seen, and comparing any back in the league right now to him is a moot point. He’s the best. No discussion necessary.

  42. And lets not get too wrapped up in the Alfred Morris talk. Great season? Of course it was. Without a doubt. Great back? Remains to be seen. Far, far too early to tell.

  43. logicalvoicesays says:Jan 3, 2013 12:18 PM

    Alfred Morris got robbed. It’s quite alright though…Peterson will be on his couch watching Alfred win the SB in 34 days.

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    I like Alfred Morris, but he’s no Adrian Peterson.

    Having said that, unlike others, I actually look forward to reading the crazy stuff you post. You never disappoint in your ability to say something laughable.

    Keep it up and don’t let those who think, perhaps know, you’re a little off deter you from sharing with the rest of us what the voices you hear are telling you.

  44. The fact that Alfred Morris is even being discussed in the post is embarrassing. Impressive rookie season with a dynamic quarterback to take the pressure off.

    AP had no quarterback most the season, Percy on IR during the best stretch in NFL history, and defenses game planning to stop him.

    One Defense game planned to stop Alfred Morris and he had 87 yards, 3.2 yard per carry. Oh weird, Kirk Cousins was QB that game.

    AP > Alfred Morris this year, next year and for both of their careers.

  45. He only scored 13 touchdowns.

    In 2006, LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 1800 yards with 28 rushing touchdowns, and 500 receiving yards with 3 receiving touchdowns.

    AP might have been 9 yards short of the single season rushing record, but he was 19 touchdowns short of the best season ever by a RB. So, he wasn’t even that close.

  46. He’s the MVP, no doubt in my mind.
    I worry for the guy tho, history is not kind to RBs after heavy carry seasons. I hope he can cap this off with a Super Bowl win. How unlikely, and cool, would that be?

  47. flakeybiscuits says: Jan 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    If CJ Spiller had gotten 2 more carries than Adrian Peterson, he would have led the league in rushing and broken ED’s mark by 3 yards. Just throwing that out there

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    That’s funny. Never do math my friend.

    If CJ had gotten two more than Peterson… while we’re at it lets assume Peterson had gotten two more… then he breaks Dickerson’s record. Saying that isn’t any more silly than what you wrote about CJ.

    Deal with the realities of life rather than the impossible “what if’s” you’ll be happier in the end and fewer people will think you’re a nut.

  48. gasolinejt says:

    He only scored 13 touchdowns.

    In 2006, LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 1800 yards with 28 rushing touchdowns, and 500 receiving yards with 3 receiving touchdowns.

    AP might have been 9 yards short of the single season rushing record, but he was 19 touchdowns short of the best season ever by a RB. So, he wasn’t even that close.
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    Fascinating comparison!

  49. gasolinejt says:

    He only scored 13 touchdowns.

    In 2006, LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 1800 yards with 28 rushing touchdowns, and 500 receiving yards with 3 receiving touchdowns.

    AP might have been 9 yards short of the single season rushing record, but he was 19 touchdowns short of the best season ever by a RB. So, he wasn’t even that close.

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    While LT’s Touchdowns are impressive high number of touchdowns are a function of the offense for a running back more so than beastly skills. Backs in high powered offenses get more opportunities to score red zone or goal line touchdowns. If they are the number one back and don’t have a goal line back to volture the goal line carries they can put up impressive touchdown totals.

    That season LT played in a much better offense than Peterson has played in this season. I think when you take into account what AP has had to work with offensively this is one of the greatest season a running back has had. Game after game he’s faced 8 men fronts and consistently delivered.

  50. So Rodgers 419, if Peterson is second,exactly what place are you in?
    You are number one in making foolhardy comments.

  51. Histowiki.com says:
    Jan 3, 2013 3:51 PM
    gasolinejt says:

    He only scored 13 touchdowns.

    In 2006, LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 1800 yards with 28 rushing touchdowns, and 500 receiving yards with 3 receiving touchdowns.

    AP might have been 9 yards short of the single season rushing record, but he was 19 touchdowns short of the best season ever by a RB. So, he wasn’t even that close.
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    Fascinating comparison!
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    Yes and No. Yes because they are all facts. No because you look at the team the Chargers had in 2006 from QB, TE, WR, etc… Many more weapons on that Charger team. That being said, LT was more of an “all-around” back than AP. He was able to do it all. Whereas AP excels in running but is average in the passing game and needs work on his blocking and picking up the blitz.

  52. Not only what I said earlier but LT didn’t come back from a major knee surgery in that 2006 season.

  53. carolinaking says:Jan 3, 2013 2:12 PM

    i keep telling you all that Adrian Peterson and damn near the rest of the league are Titans, their abilities sholudn’t shock anyone
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    Actually, only 1/32 of the players in the league are Titans. Adrian is a Viking.

  54. Comparing Alfred Morris to AP. Man you outa be slapped. AP will go down as the best running back to ever play in the NFL. The man just had All Ligaments torn in his Left Knee.

    C’mon man!

  55. I just think that you need to look at the whole body of work compared to others at your position and look at the value added. Adrian outrushed the next RB by over 450 yards this season. Peyton Manning didn’t even lead the league in Passer Rating, and J.J. Watt one the sack race by 1. 3 rookies and 3 2nd year QBs are in the playoffs. So either its becoming easier to play QB in the NFL, or theres a TON of elite QBs. If there’s a bunch of elite QBs, what makes anyone the MVP? Why would Manning be let go by his old team knowing a rookie could come in and do almost as good as he did in Indy? Mind as well throw a dart at the wall. AD is special. AD is the MVP.

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