You can’t have a discussion about the best running backs in NFL history without mentioning “All Day” Adrian Peterson. Nobody will ever forget his legendary 2097 yard, 12 touchdown season back in 2012 falling just 9 yards short of the single season record. The Vikings finished 10-6 that year and most people believe they did that solely because of Peterson. But lately Adrian Peterson hasn’t been in his regular form. Last season Peterson played 3 games before suffering a mild MCL sprain and finished with 72 yards on 37 carries, averaging 1.9 yards per carry, insanely below average.
Following that incredibly below average season by Peterson, he was released by the Minnesota Vikings and later signed by the New Orleans Saints. Peterson is expected to be the number 1 running back for the Saints coming into the season, ahead of Mark Ingram, and rookie Alvin Kamara.
The Saints offensive line is a definite improvement over the Vikings. Leading the offensive line are Zach Strief, Terron Armstead, Max Unger, Larry Warford, and Andus Peat. A great core that should for sure assist Peterson this season. With this type of offensive line it’s nearly impossible for Peterson to not be able to find success, meanwhile these past few years Peterson hasn’t been able to be reach his potential due to the Vikings below average offensive line.
Along with a great offensive line the Saints have a great supporting cast. With dependable offensive players like Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Coby Fleener, and Willie Snead IV Their offense is set to be explosive. Those options open up more opportunities for Peterson in the passing game, and could severely help in play action situations.
Overall, as long as Peterson remains healthy throughout the season I don’t see any chance he doesn’t get at least 8 touchdowns and 1100 yards and returns to solidify his spot as the best running back in the NFL. I’m expecting a big bounce back season for this future Hall Of Fame running back.