Two-Hundred Yards Rushing

Adrian Peterson, as highly touted as any running back prospect in recent memory, has burst onto the NFL scene. Anytime a running back rushes for over 200 yards in a game, people take notice. And with Ladainian Tomlinson and the Chargers going up to Minnesota this week, the comparisons between the two backs inevitably come.

Peterson is on his way to being a great player for many years, but he hasn't quite arrived in the minds of some of his teammates. Thats not a slight against Peterson, but rather wisdom from a veteran of the game, Darren Sharper:

“He hasn’t done what LT has done in his career,” Sharper said of Peterson. “You have to be consistent if you want to be compared to someone. Or if someone wants to say you’re better than they are you have to be as consistent as they have been and do more than they’ve done year after year. But you’ve watched Adrian and you know he has all the ability to do exactly what LT has done; he could be an offensive MVP in this league sooner rather than later. He can do it all. There is nothing he can’t do out on the football field.”

So while Adrian Peterson is on his way to greatness, certainly Tomlinson's place is already among the game's best ever. OJ Simpson holds the record with 6 games of 200 yards rushing, and he is followed by Earl Campbell, Barry Sanders, and Ladainian Tomlinson with 4 each.

But just how close has Tomlinson come to breaking Simpson's career record? Lets take a look:

27 217
37 220

28 187
26 200
31 243

21 192
25 184

25 183
18 172
28 178
25 199

24 198

As you can see, over Tomlinson's career he has come within a stone's throw of 200 yards rushing plenty of times. He was 8 yards or less in three separate games. And all together he has 12 career games of 170 yards rushing or more. And keeping in mind his relative youth and ability to keep his body healthy, Tomlinson could easily smash yet another prestigious record.

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November 1, 2007

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