When the Bears with their troubled run defense were readying to play the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson claimed he really didn’t care how many yards he might net against the Bears. Then the numbers he used as examples of “OK” bordered on the jaw-dropping.
“If that’s 300 yards, perfect. If that’s 150, perfect. Fifty with a hundred and something receiving,” Peterson said.
Told on Wednesday that Peterson had set big numbers up prior to facing the Bears, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy wasn’t making predictions. But the NFL’s No. 1 rusher (leading Peterson, 1,343 yards to 1,221, followed by Matt Forte at 1,200 was still curious.
“What did [Peterson] run for?” McCoy inquired. Told that Peterson had gone for 211, there was silence, then,
“Wow,” McCoy marveled. “Well, hey man I feel like I’m going to put this game on my back. I really want to go out there and showcase what we can do offensively running the ball. I bet the guys up front, me and them together, can get this thing done ... I’m not going to give you a number prediction, because I don’t know.”
So for McCoy, who went for 217 in Philadelphia’s Dec. 8 win over Detroit, how about 212 maybe?
“212,” McCoy said, laughing. “I don’t know. I just want to go out there and put the offense on my back and my shoulders, me and all the linemen, and get this job done.”