There are more than just playoff races to pay attention to in the last two weeks of the NFL season.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, one season after tearing his ACL, has a shot to break Eric Dickerson‘s single-season rushing yards record. Peterson needs 294 yards to claim the record for himself and Dickerson is hoping it doesn’t happen.
Unlike Peterson in his quest to break Dickerson’s mark, Calvin Johnson is ahead of the pace necessary to break Jerry Rice‘s single-season record of 1,848 receiving yards set in 1995. There is a feeling of inevitability with Megatron needing to average just 91 yards per game in the last two weeks to break the record. 91 receiving yards represents a pretty good day for most receivers but Johnson has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in a record tying seven-straight games.
The dynamic is much different in the chase to break the single-season receiving yards record. Jerry Rice was asked about CJ potentially breaking his record and while he admitted that “you really don’t want anyone to break your record” it is obvious that he’s glad Calvin Johnson is the guy to do it. Jerry Rice was always known as one of the hardest working players in the game and it is obvious he recognizes Calvin Johnson as a non-diva and a player willing to put in serious work to improve on his already freakish natural talent.
Rice joined Trey Wingo and Nate Burleson on the set of NFL Live. Take a look: