Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates his 61 yard touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Who's Hungrier: The Houston Texans Defense or Adrian Peterson?

After a bounce back win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Houston Texans are preparing for one of the most dangerous threats in the NFL, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.

The Texans currently rank 5th against the run, allowing only 93.2 yards on average. Peterson is currently averaging 129 yards a game, yet needs to average about 150 yards in the next two games to break Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing yard record of 2,105. While it should appear difficult for any running back to rack up this amount, Peterson is the lone threat remaining on the Vikings, which allows him to get the ball early and often.

Peterson is having his greatest season yet after quickly recovering from a gruesome ACL injury last year. Despite the constant 8-man fronts he’s experiencing this year, Peterson is having a season like Maurice Jones-Drew did the year prior, as he was in a similar situation. The Texans are not one to take Peterson lightly, even though they clinched the AFC South with a win over the Colts this past Sunday. While other teams have failed to contain Peterson, the Texans have been adept at stuffing the run, allowing on Titans running back Chris Johnson to take control in week 4, for 141 yards.

The key to this game is the difference between how hungry the Texans are for a first round bye, compared to how hungry AP is to break Dickerson’s record. If the Texans are going to stop Peterson, they will need linebacker Brooks Reed back in action.

- Antonio Furgiuele

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  • Jake

    Well at least this story isn’t like the one from the Rams writer last week that declared the Rams would contain AP to less than 110 yards. The numbers you should be most concerned with is that over the last 8 games AP is averaging nearly 170 yards per game.

    • Antonio Furgiuele

      True AP has been incredible and I believe he can put up those numbers against the Texans. While I’m not going to put out a number, I still feel like the Texans are going to do a better job than most holding his yardage down.

      • Jake

        I suppose anything is possible and the Texans do sport a solid D but AP is on a roll right now. Every week for the last two months I read a story from a team writer talking about how their team has what it takes to stop AP and every week they are wrong. It’s never a good a idea to bet against a guy on a roll the way he is, regardless of who it is. It could be any runner averaging 170 yards a game and I’d say the same thing. The Texans D is solid and Watt is a monster but AP is truly unstoppable right now. I truly would not be surprised to see him put up 160+ maybe even another 200 on Sunday.

        • Antonio Furgiuele

          Well i think part of the reason writers think so highly of the team they write for is because many are also fans of that team. I’m actually a Jaguars fan lol, but I can’t hate on the Texans they do work.

          As far as AP goes, your absolutely right in that he has been hot, but it’s also because he’s an elite rb and has been for a number of years. It could be anyone and he could easily put up the yardage against the Texans. I’m not a numbers guy in the sense of predictions, but I do feel like AP will have a good game. I also feel the Texans will ultimately win because they are they are the better team and will be too much for the Vikings