What else is there to say about Adrian Peterson? Call him Terminator. Robocop. 6 Million Dollar Man. It probably does not equate to what this guy is doing this season. A little less than a year go, on Christmas Eve no less, on a terrible field in Landover, Maryland, just 20 minutes from my house, #28 was laying on the ground, with his career seemingly in his hand. A torn left ACL along with MCL damage doomed his season, and threatened the next, and even his career. However, he wouldn’t let doctors dictate the terms of his recovery. He rehabbed relentlessly, some of which we watched on ESPN. But nobody thought he would see the field until the 2013 season, or late into the 2012 season.
Little did we know that AP lives by rules that are not same as the rest of mankind.
AP was back on the field for the first week of the 2012 season. And he wasn’t a decoy, oh no he quickly became the workhorse. Now through 12 games, he is closing in on a 2,000 yard season. Let me say that again; less than a year after major damage to his left knee, AP is closing in on 2,000 yards, which is a historic season for running backs, especially in a league that downplays the running game. AP needs 554 yards in 4 games to crack the mark; while he is only averaging a measly 120.5 yds/gm, he has averaged 157.8 yds over the last 6. Did you see how he carved the Packers up last week? And that was with 8 in the box to stop him!
This week the Bears take their shots at AP. I doubt they can slow down the potential MVP and Comeback Player of the Year; hopefully they can keep him off the field with a sizable lead. Whatever the case, it is truly a marvel to watch Adrian Peterson, one of the last true athletes in the mold of Jim Brown, Bo Jackson, and Hershel Walker. Guys that would run over you and take names. After watching you on that horrible field in Landover last year, I know not take you or anyone that will come after you for granted again. All hail Adrian Peterson! Song of the week (thanks @Esteban_Matriz) and games of the weekend after the bump.
Saturday, December 8
EARLY AFTERNOON – CBB Arkansas vs 3 Michigan (12pm, CBS)/LBSU vs 7 Ohio State (12pm, BTN)/Towson vs 15 Georgetown (12pm, MASN)
LATE AFTERNOON – Armyvs Navy (3pm, CBS)/CBB Temple vs 2 Duke (3:15pm, ESPN)/UCLA vs Texas (5:15pm, ESPN)
NIGHT – Heisman Trophy Presentation (8pm, ESPN)/CBB 8 Arizona vs Clemson (8pm, ESPN2)/13 Illinois vs 10 Gonzaga (10pm, ESPN2)
Sunday, December 9
EARLY AFTERNOON – Baltimore vs Washington/Chicago vs Minnesota/Dallas vs Cincinnati
LATE AFTERNOON – New Orleans vs New York Giants/Miami vs San Francisco/Arizona vs Seattle