GREEN BAY – Adrian Peterson doesn’t have 2,105 in mind for 2013. The Minnesota Vikings running back has much loftier goals than that.
After coming up eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s 1984 NFL single-season rushing record, Peterson said in a conference call with Wisconsin reporters in advance of Saturday night’s NFC Wild Card rubber match with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field that he firmly believes he’ll have another shot at the record he came so close to during Sunday’s regular-season finale.
“Oh, without a doubt. Without a doubt,” said Peterson, who had 210- and 199-yard games against the Packers this season. “Just considering everything that I know, when I try to track back on different games that I had early on in the season and sitting out the third and fourth quarters in one or two games … (There were) 35 carries more he had (in 1984) than I had. You know, it would have been nice to get it but I’m not too bummed about it because I’m able to factor all of those things in.
“It will just give me something else to shoot for next year. My goal won’t be to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season record. It’s going to be trying to get 2,400, 2,500 yards. That’s just how I look at things. With me setting it that high, then, obviously, breaking his record will happen.”
Peterson’s more immediate goal is to beat the rival Packers in Saturday night’s playoff game, something he is convinced the Vikings (10-6) can do despite a 23-14 loss to the Packers (11-5) on Dec. 2.
“We’re very confident,” Peterson said. “We know what type of environment it’s going to be, we know we’re playing a good team, and even though I’m not on defense, Aaron Rodgers is on the other side of that ball. So we’ll have to come out and play good, sound football, protect the ball, continue to execute, and just throughout adversity throughout the game, stay focused and continue moving forward, no matter what happens. That’s going to be the big test for us this week.”
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