With a big game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chris Johnson closed the gap on Arian Foster’s NFL rushing lead while widening the gap between himself and Adrian Peterson.
Chris Johnson raced for 111 yards against the Jaguars on Sunday, his fourth 100+ yard rushing game of the year. He also added a touchdown, to increase his league leading TD totals to seven scores.
Johnson was quiet for most of the game but Jacksonville finally gave up big plays at the end of the game. With the game already in hand, Johnson broke off a 35-yard touchdown run with four minutes remaining.
“I want them yards,” Johnson said after the game. “It don’t matter when you look at the stats. When you look at 2,000 yards, you don’t say, ‘He got all those yards late in the game.’”
The week before, Johnson ran for 131 yards and two-touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys.
Adrian Peterson faced the Cowboys this week and didn’t come anywhere near those numbers. Peterson finished the game with 73-yards and one-touchdown on 24 carries. This marked the second game in a row Peterson did not eclipse 100-yards.
Despite the low rushing total, former Oklahoma Sooners great Adrian Peterson became only the fourth Vikings player to reach 5,000 rushing yards and he did it in 51 games, the fewest needed for any player in franchise history to reach that mark. That rank ties for sixth all-time in the NFL for the fewest games needed to reach 5,000 yards.
“That’s good to know because I actually didn’t know, but it feels good,” Peterson said of reaching that figure. “First, give prayers to God, because without him I wouldn’t be able to do the thing that I do. Our offensive line is doing a great job. Jon Cooper stepping up against guys twice as big as him. Pro Bowl guys. He really did a great job up there. So I would have to give the credit to them too.”
Following his 133-yard rushing performance against Detroit, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw moved ahead of Peterson in the rushing race.
- Arian Foster – 633 yds, 6 TD
- Chris Johnson – 596 yds, 7 TD
- Ahmad Bradshaw – 582 yds, 3 TD
- Adrian Peterson – 553 yds, 4 TD
- Steven Jackson – 507 yds, 2 TD
Wk Date Opp Att Yds TD
1 09/09/10 @NO 19 87 0
2 09/19/10 MIA 28 145 1
3 09/26/10 DET 23 160 2
4 BYE – – – – –
5 10/11/10 @NYJ 18 88 0
6 10/17/10 DAL 24 73 1
1 09/12/10 OAK 27 142 2
2 09/19/10 PIT 16 34 0
3 09/26/10 @NYG32 125 2
4 10/03/10 DEN 19 53 0
5 10/10/10 @DAL 19 131 2
6 10/18/10 @JAC 26 111 1
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