On The Clock: Adrian Peterson

Mel Kiper, Chris Mortensen and Trent Dilfer made several important points in this video discussion of Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson:

  • Peterson has said his goal is to run for 2,500 yards in 2013, and we know better than to doubt his ambitions. But as the guys implied, history suggests he won't eclipse 2,000 yards this season. Quite simply, no 2,000-yard rusher has ever repeated the feat. Here is the full list, courtesy pro-football-reference.com.

  • The Vikings need to balance out their offense in a way that would inhibit a 2,000-yard season. Said Dilfer: "I think he can [do it]. I don't think it's best for the Vikings if he has the same type of season." Winning is not about rushing yards, Dilfer argued. It's about scoring points. He added: "You throw the ball into the end zone [to score points]. That's how you win in the National Football League." The Vikings ranked No. 25 in the NFL last season with 18 touchdown passes.

  • Kiper suggests the best possible fit for the Vikings is trading up to draft West Virginia slot man Tavon Austin. With two first-round draft picks at No. 23 and No. 25, they have the ability to do it.