Vikings running back Adrian Peterson realized on Thursday night that it’s difficult to prove that he’s the best running back in the game — better than Titans tailback Chris Johnson — unless Peterson gets the football enough times to prove it.
“I’ll do whatever it takes,” Peterson told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports after the 14-9 loss to the Saints. “Whatever it takes to help
this team win. I don’t know if Coach [Brad Childress] heard me, but I
remember walking by in the second half on the sideline saying, ‘Hey,
give it to me. Feed me.’ I don’t know if he really heard me. But
there’s a lot to learn from this game.”
Though Peterson couched his request to be fed in terms of helping the team, it’s hard not to think that he has a fairly strong ulterior motive, especially as he chases a second contract.
Peterson had a respectable 87 yards on 19 carries, which projects to a 1,392-yard season, nine more yards than he gained in all of 2009.
That would be very good, but not great. And definitely not enough to claim the throne of best running back in the game.