NFL Live OT: Peterson's 2,500-yard goal
May, 3, 2013
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
This NFL Live OT video hints at a conclusion I feel strongly about: The Minnesota Vikings would be better off in 2013 if tailback Adrian Peterson didn't reach his oft-stated goal of rushing for 2,500 yards. If he hits that milestone, the Vikings almost certainly would have failed in their attempts to develop a more balanced offense and better consistency from quarterback Christian Ponder.
Last season, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards on 348 carries. How many attempts would it take to tack on another 403 yards to that total? At last season's average of 6.0 yards per carry, it would require 417 carries. Come on. If Ponder and the passing game make progress in 2013, there won't be a need to give Peterson the ball nearly that often. And a more balanced offense almost certainly bodes better for the Vikings' long-term competitiveness.