NFL Awards Watch, Week 14
"Best player in the league."
With that simple statement, Bears coach
"Oh, man, the kid's a stud," Bucs' defensive tackle
Peterson, the league's leading rusher with 1,311 yards, has been outstanding since putting the team on his back after a disappointing 1-3 start. The Pro Bowl back has rushed for 891 yards in the Vikings' last eight games, leading the team to a 6-2 record since the woeful beginning. Although defenses have been gearing up to stop the electrifying runner with an assortment of eight- and nine-man fronts, Peterson has produced five 100-yard games during the eight-game span and averaged nearly five yards a carry while steadying the Vikings' offense.
Remarkably, Peterson has been able to post his outstanding production with the Vikings' passing game ranking near the bottom of the league. The Vikings only average 184.8 passing yards a game, and veteran quarterback
With the team unable to move the ball consistently through the air,
With the division title within reach, the reigning MVP relishes the opportunity to put the team and its postseason hopes on his back.
"I feel like I'm getting stronger," Peterson told the
Peterson has earned the nickname "All Day" due to his tireless endurance as a runner, but his scintillating performance this year may earn him another moniker at season's end: MVP.