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Adrian Peterson: 100-yard games are easy

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson leaves the field after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers following their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in Green Bay Reuters

Adrian Peterson was stopped short of 100 yards on Sunday against the Lions, and that shocked him.

Peterson, who scored a 78-yard touchdown on his first carry of the season but was held to just 15 yards on 17 carries the rest of the way, says it’s hard for him to comprehend that he failed to reach the 100-yard mark, because to him, the 100-yard mark shouldn’t even be a challenge.

“Every time I don’t get 100, I think ‘wow,’” Peterson said, via 1500ESPN.com. “Because it’s so easy to get 100.”

Peterson reached the 100-yard mark 10 times last year, which is great. But that still means there were six games (plus a playoff game) in which he came up short of 100 yards. And 10 games of 100 yards is the most Peterson has ever had in one season. So a 100-yard game isn’t really easy for any running back. Even Adrian Peterson.

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  1. davyholly says: Sep 14, 2013 8:26 AM

    Adrian I’d like to introduce to my friend, Regression to the Mean.

  2. erock27 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:27 AM

    Like him better when he wasnt arrogant . Either way hes still a monster

  3. bettis3636 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:27 AM

    When you have moves and speed like AD then yea id say they come pretty darn easy… But ask Pittsburgh how hard they are to come by these days!! lol The days of Barry Foster and Jerome Bettis are wayyyyyyyyy gone for Pitt!!

  4. arwiv says: Sep 14, 2013 8:29 AM

    He probably should have added to the end of his quote “…this is of course assuming your team has a real QB so defenses don’t key in on the run all game long”. That just shows how truly great AP really is.

  5. thepvyharvin says: Sep 14, 2013 8:30 AM

    While it may sound arrogant, I don’t think he meant it that way it all. He is the MVP and bound for the HOF. That is the mind set that got him there….

  6. lingsun54 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:34 AM

    Which is why he didn’t get one last week.

  7. calvinhobbes5000 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:46 AM

    Hard to comprehend that as a Packer fan. We haven’t had a 100 yard rusher for several years.

  8. bucrightoff says: Sep 14, 2013 8:47 AM

    Not when Christian Ponder is your QB. Running against 8 in the box because nobody has the slightest fear of your QB can’t be easy.

  9. twobluegills says: Sep 14, 2013 8:48 AM

    Gee and I thought Clay Matthews was conceited, wow this guy should marry himself like Dennis Rodman. This is what makes Barry Sanders the greatest ever RB in the game, he’s a class act. AP should worry about things that concern his TEAM, like winning games.

  10. titansbro says: Sep 14, 2013 8:49 AM

    This guy annoys me.

  11. reesesteel23 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:51 AM

    Everybody isn’t superhuman like you though!…so selfish!

  12. fryeways says: Sep 14, 2013 8:53 AM

    Peterson is one of about five offensive players in the league who deserves to be as confident as he feels. A legend.

  13. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Sep 14, 2013 8:55 AM

    Further into the interview, Peterson closes with “Yeah, we pick our hotel.”

  14. pilot2011 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:59 AM

    Every time I hear this guy speak I become more and more convinced that he is experiencing head trauma from physical running… Or he is just a little doopid

  15. moerawn says: Sep 14, 2013 8:59 AM

    They are. Every RB gets one every Sunday.

  16. whooligun says: Sep 14, 2013 9:00 AM

    You gotta give a ton of credit to the Lions defense, especially the front four. They were lights out after that first big run.

  17. allday420ap says: Sep 14, 2013 9:01 AM

    the real beast mode

  18. nonetruerthanblue says: Sep 14, 2013 9:01 AM

    Was he sane when provided that commentary?

  19. freshnsoclean says: Sep 14, 2013 9:06 AM

    Agree AP, but carrying a 3rd string QB on your back for years is not easy. Eventually, he’ll make you fall unless a real QB can lift that weight off your shoulders. (Like Favre did for 1 year)

  20. sandblastermoron says: Sep 14, 2013 9:10 AM

    Yeah but u get to play the Packers twice a year. My high school neighbors kid could run on those losers too

  21. brettfavresmidget says: Sep 14, 2013 9:14 AM

    Peterson went on to say, “I wake on up in the morning, do the, you know, the 3 S’s and realize I’ve already rushed for 100 yards…that’s how easy it is.”

  22. hardythekraken says: Sep 14, 2013 9:16 AM

    ..okay

  23. redbullenergydrink says: Sep 14, 2013 9:16 AM

    He expects a lot out of himself, as should eveybody.

  24. vegasbearfan says: Sep 14, 2013 9:19 AM

    I hope that he gets under 50 this weekend

  25. chi01town says: Sep 14, 2013 9:28 AM

    Peterson will get his yards in Chicago But not enough to win the game. 27- 10 BEARS

  26. nite2al says: Sep 14, 2013 9:31 AM

    2,500 rushing yards in a season is a piece of cake as well.

  27. kd75 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:32 AM

    Well he went to Oklahoma so math isn’t Mr. Peterson’s strong suit.

    And he started off last season pretty slow before ripping the league up after around four games.

    AP’s knee wasn’t 100% until week 8 and then he just went off on a tear.

    You hear me Bobby Griffith?

  28. dcbona says: Sep 14, 2013 9:32 AM

    Ponder Ponder Ponder

  29. polegojim says: Sep 14, 2013 9:34 AM

    Example of a guy who has gotten too comfortable in front of the camera.

    1) If they’re so easy… why are you only successful 62% of the time.
    2) Lions defense is playing the run MUCH better than last year

  30. jgat12 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:34 AM

    I love Adrian Peterson. If Jesus didn’t already live in my heart, I’d ask AP to live there… that being said, this wasn’t his most brilliant comment to the media, especially off a game he just failed to reach 100yds in.. But let’s not forget packer fans, he did have three touchdowns in the process

  31. kidzaround says: Sep 14, 2013 9:34 AM

    Hey, now that I know that it’s SO EASY to get 100 yard rushing in the NFL, I’m going to walk on to my favorite team and try out. I’m sure I’ll be a hall of famer.

  32. oldguardof60s says: Sep 14, 2013 9:37 AM

    Yo Adrian, coming from a Vikes fan, I mean this in the most sincere way, you need to shut up and put up from here on out. One spectacular opening run does make a quality game effort, but I blame the offensive (pun intended) line for that too.

  33. bringbackwayne says: Sep 14, 2013 9:38 AM

    Great RB, but he’s beginning to talk too much. Makes me really appreciate how Barry Sanders went about his business even more.

  34. wearethesteelers says: Sep 14, 2013 9:39 AM

    Steeler Nation laughs in your family’s face.

  35. juliuspeppersandonions says: Sep 14, 2013 9:40 AM

    Don’t count on 100 this week either,with a lack of weapons and a below average quarterback. The Bears defense might be hungry after an average performance last week. Chicago 27 – 10 Minnesota.

  36. wryly1 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:40 AM

    In his entire career – for nine consecutive years, Jim Brown never had a less than 100 yard game.

  37. thehuckster404 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:41 AM

    1) If AD says something about his own football prowess, it’s probably true.
    2) I think there is a compliment to the Lions rush defense in that comment, which I did not expect.

  38. doe22us says: Sep 14, 2013 9:48 AM

    He has has a lot of a 100 plus yard games so hey it may be easy for him.

  39. razorbyrd says: Sep 14, 2013 9:50 AM

    does this guy EVER talk about the Vikings TEAM?!

    every interview is “ME, ME, ME”…

  40. sbaltimore says: Sep 14, 2013 9:52 AM

    AD’s recovery from knee surgery is great. But this whole business about how many yards he’s going to get seems like a selfish, major distraction. Football is a team sport, and all this focus on how many yards AD is going to get just goes against the grain.

  41. hatesycophants says: Sep 14, 2013 10:00 AM

    Peterson was very complimentary of the Lions’ D, but those aren’t the stories they would repost on this site.

  42. sarcasm says: Sep 14, 2013 10:04 AM

    Yeah Adrian, it’s really easy. Enjoy your gift MVP

  43. nananatman says: Sep 14, 2013 10:04 AM

    CJ ego vr. 2oK

  44. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 14, 2013 10:04 AM

    He probably thinks 100 yards is easy because he had over 100 yards in 9 of his last 11 games last year. The first six games he was still recovering from a torn ACL, remember? He only had 86 against Houston because he got hurt in that game and he had 99 in the playoff game, where they started their current gunner on the punt return team at quarterback. I have a feeling he’ll get back over 100 this week, assuming Matt Kalil starts playing at least half as well as he is capable.

  45. reesesteel23 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:07 AM

    juliuspeppersandonions

    He averaged 108 against the Da Bears for his career

  46. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:08 AM

    yeah i figured he was gonna have a monster game after that first run, but very pedestrian after that

  47. ninthwardfriend says: Sep 14, 2013 10:08 AM

    This man is crazy!!!!

  48. newjerseygiants says: Sep 14, 2013 10:09 AM

    Its easy watching the Vikings lose.

  49. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 14, 2013 10:09 AM

    Man, you’d think he would have just had one then, since his team would have had better chances if winning.

    The truth is, the Packers provided the blueprint for stopping this Neanderthal in the playoffs, and now every team will just use it to shut the purple pansies down.

  50. billsfan1 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:14 AM

    Don’t count on 100 this week either,with a lack of weapons and a below average quarterback. The Bears defense might be hungry after an average performance last week. Chicago 27 – 10 Minnesota.

    that would be one heck a performance.. HOlding any team to 10 points after Cutler’s 3 int.’s and 5 sacks…

  51. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:15 AM

    Adrian could care less about the loss. It’s all about Dickerson.

  52. billsfan1 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:17 AM

    I’d like to add that 1000 yards isn’t all that impressive like it was in 1991 either. That is 62.5 yards per game. AP could get that on one run each game – in theory.

  53. edawg7l says: Sep 14, 2013 10:22 AM

    Peterson’s comeback was a great story. Having said that, this statement is silly. Ponder is not a good QB. What do you think every defense will focus on when they face the Vikings? I am certain every defense will dare Ponder to throw.

  54. credible316 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:24 AM

    Now if Ponder could only pass for a 100 yards…

    -Vikings fan

  55. 319hike says: Sep 14, 2013 10:31 AM

    The more he talks the dumber he sounds. Brett Farve syndrome.

  56. beerbratscheese says: Sep 14, 2013 10:37 AM

    Translation: since my QB sucks, I have to everything.

  57. prmpft says: Sep 14, 2013 10:38 AM

    y’know – I am pretty sure that I officially hate Adrian Peterson -

  58. funktron2x says: Sep 14, 2013 10:39 AM

    100 yard games are easy for Barry and Jim Brown – and nobody else. Sorry AP, you are a step below that level. Probably on your own step or maybe with Walter, but a step below nonetheless.

  59. jakec4 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:42 AM

    Yeah he’s good. The problem is that he doesn’t have a problem telling anyone who’ll listen how good he is. Maybe he wears an “I love me some me” t-shirt under his jersey.

  60. golforepar says: Sep 14, 2013 10:43 AM

    It would be wise for PEDersen to add – with this O Line …..

  61. beerndrums says: Sep 14, 2013 10:43 AM

    This guy is kinda like a clown
    Can’t wait till they expose what kind of PED he uses

  62. mnsadsportsfan says: Sep 14, 2013 10:44 AM

    Hey AP thanks again for all those fumbles in the NFC championship game against the saints. I hope you continue to only focus on your personal stats!

  63. gophersnot says: Sep 14, 2013 10:45 AM

    ….and Adrian can’t come back that fast from an ACL tear.

    Not to worry, he played against a tough defense last week. Fear not, he will make up the needed yards when the Vikes travel into GB and play that hapless, tasteless team and that putrid excuse of a defense. SOFT.

  64. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Sep 14, 2013 10:46 AM

    Football greatness.

  65. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 14, 2013 11:00 AM

    wryly1 says:Sep 14, 2013 9:40 AM

    In his entire career – for nine consecutive years, Jim Brown never had a less than 100 yard game.
    _______

    In his best year, he had nine 100-yard games. Not sure why you would say that.

  66. jimmysee says: Sep 14, 2013 11:00 AM

    Someday that statement will come back to haunt him.

    Ask Ladanian Tomlinson.

  67. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 14, 2013 11:00 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:Sep 14, 2013 10:09 AM

    Man, you’d think he would have just had one then, since his team would have had better chances if winning.

    The truth is, the Packers provided the blueprint for stopping this Neanderthal in the playoffs, and now every team will just use it to shut the purple pansies down.
    ______

    Blueprint = Make sure the starting quarterback is Joe Webb.

  68. jollyjoker2 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:04 AM

    Time for a drug test Adrian. Too many hits.

  69. vikes4real says: Sep 14, 2013 11:06 AM

    AP MVP. With Ponder as your QB it sucks to see your legacy probably end up like Barry Sanders. Unless Ponder gets hurt that’s how it will end, because the Vikes cant get this joke of a qb off the team. How a qb gets as much single safety high and one on one outside on the wr’s and cant make a toss just blows my mind. Whats even more pathetic is the Viking organization continues with this bum. I don’t want to hear our d is bad because with this bum cant get a first down and consistent on turnovers what d is going be solid getting wore out. I don’t want to hear our oline is bad because look at Rodgers and cutler they were sacked most in the nfl last year ans had great seasons. Don’t want to hear play calling because Musgrave didn’t make that toss to the Juice who was wide open and would of been a td if it was right on, or Jennings shoe top snatch, or that rookie toss to the lions db who ponder stared down (which he dropped) or when that bum cant toss it out of bounds without being picked!! They gave him the keys to the car and he does nothing but crashes it every single time. As a vikes fan im sick of him and sick of the organization allowing this buster to continue. I will be rooting for A.) Ponder to get hurt, or B.) him to continue to struggle so he gets benched… oh wait he struggled since day one. its sad for me to say this as a huge vikes fan, The team/coaches/owner are a joke! they deserve this misery honestly I want them to lose just to see him benched! I hate Ponder!!!!!!

  70. detroit2sd says: Sep 14, 2013 11:07 AM

    Not a single RB will get more yds than AP got against the Lions! Good luck to all you RB’s this year against the best pass rush and run block D in the NFL!

  71. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 14, 2013 11:14 AM

    84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says:
    Sep 14, 2013 10:46 AM
    Football greatness….on a putrid, terrible team.

    —-

    Fixed that for you.

  72. vikes4real says: Sep 14, 2013 11:17 AM

    Frazier and Speilman Both need to be fired and never be allowed to coach a nfl game ever for drafting ponder and allowing this guy to play. he looks like a rookie 3 years later. I cant wait to see him and the vikes fall this week to see it crumble down on the organization on how bad the choice was to pick/start this bum and im a huge vikes fan. I never thought i’d say that, but ive had it with Ponder and the teams decision to continue with this Loser… The Vikes deserve him. I cant wait to see the Bears beat us Sunday and see him crumble!! cant believe I said that. misery loves company. I wish Ponder would get hurt or die!! i cant take this crap anymore. i pay for season tixs and this is what i have to watch!! Vikes i want a refund as i will never go to another game with him as a qb and i will always root for the opposing team if Ponder plays. Go AP we love you MVP!!

  73. Wisconsin77 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:22 AM

    Wasn’t Chris Johnson talking like this before he imploded and couldn’t muster more than 60 yards a game?

  74. kaeptainplanet says: Sep 14, 2013 11:25 AM

    So, will AP ever say anything about the Vikings? Do the Vikings even matter to AP? Does AP even care about winning?

  75. vikes4real says: Sep 14, 2013 11:28 AM

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeees loooose!!!!!!!!!!

  76. larryboodry says: Sep 14, 2013 11:35 AM

    reesesteel23 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:07 AM

    “He averaged 108 against the Da Bears for his career.”

    And yet, the Vikes are just 5-5 against the Bears in those games, and 4-8 against the Packers despite AP averaging 120 in 12 games against them. It ain’t all about the yards.

  77. toybkshr says: Sep 14, 2013 11:40 AM

    kaeptainplanet says:
    Sep 14, 2013 11:25 AM
    So, will AP ever say anything about the Vikings? Do the Vikings even matter to AP? Does AP even care about winning?————————————————————————————————-

    Precisely my thought’s every time he speaks!

  78. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:52 AM

    It’s too bad that Adrian is only in it for Adrian. There is supposed to be more to football than padding your personal stats. Such as winning football games.

  79. reesesteel23 says: Sep 14, 2013 12:08 PM

    larryboodry

    You’re right. My statement is also still true lol

  80. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 14, 2013 12:54 PM

    Starting to think he cares more about individual awards, records and stats than winning because that seems to be all we ever hear from him these days

  81. jaypace says: Sep 14, 2013 12:57 PM

    Michael Jordan once said averaging 32 points a game was easy. It’s just 8 points per quarter, maybe AP feels the same, it’s just 25 yards a quarter and he thinks he can do that no problem. Clearly if it was so easy he would do it every game. But for a player like ap might not be a stretch.

  82. guachosporlife says: Sep 14, 2013 1:17 PM

    Aaaannnddd….he still won’t catch Emmit.

  83. warhammer420 says: Sep 14, 2013 2:03 PM

    It’s easy… unless you’re playing against DonkeyKong Suh and that beastly D-line!

  84. frankiesweep says: Sep 14, 2013 2:33 PM

    how bout those 2 fumbles in the nfc title game…

  85. siaaa says: Sep 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    He’ll get 1500 yards at best this year and then the downfall will begin. it happens to the best of them.
    hey Adrian, you came within 9 yards of Dickerson’s record and that’s as close as you will ever get. lets just concentrate on wining games now. its not all about you buddy. its about the team.

  86. whatjusthapped says: Sep 14, 2013 2:46 PM

    I love it, the more he focuses on his personal stats, the more his own teammates will resent him, the less the Vikings will win. They don’t win much to begin with so this should be special when they all start blaming each other.

  87. siaaa says: Sep 14, 2013 2:47 PM

    jimmysee says: Sep 14, 2013 11:00 AM

    Someday that statement will come back to haunt him.

    Ask Ladanian Tomlinson.
    __________________________________I don’t really remember Tomlinson shooting his mouth off like this. actually I recall him saying how hard it is to score and get yards in the NFL as a RB.

  88. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Sep 14, 2013 3:06 PM

    Overrated

  89. numberonesaintsfan says: Sep 14, 2013 3:26 PM

    Great RB, but AP will never see a 2000 yard season again. ED your record is safe.

  90. Sef Sheek says: Sep 14, 2013 3:36 PM

    I swear, AP is like the Kanye West of football

  91. caeser12 says: Sep 14, 2013 4:57 PM

    Adrian Peterson’s mouth, is quickly catching up to Ladanian Tomlinson’s.

  92. cubb1 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:37 PM

    100 yard games are even easier for a juicer like AP.

  93. jackrabbitz says: Sep 14, 2013 6:06 PM

    Sounds like that Toby Keith song. I want to talk about me,me,me.

  94. brewdogg says: Sep 14, 2013 9:41 PM

    wryly1 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:40 AM

    In his entire career – for nine consecutive years, Jim Brown never had a less than 100 yard game.
    ———————————-

    Except for ’57 and ’62, when he averaged less than 100 for the season……

  95. bighurt228 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:01 AM

    Guess 1000 yard seasons are easy too………when 4 more games were added.!!!

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