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At this point, Adrian Peterson could tell me that he’s discovered a way to turn everything into bacon, and I’d believe him. He could also say that he’s working to establish public restrooms for pets and I’d believe him too, because that’s a real thing somewhere.

Last August we all assumed Peterson would turn into pixie dust after he suffered a major knee injury in the final week of the 2011 season, and although he increased his practice participation during training camp, he wasn’t on the field for a single pre-season snap. Then all he did was come only nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. He’s now one of only seven running backs in the history of the NFL to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, and his 2,097 yards were 484 yards ahead of second place Alfred Morris.

Yeah, his season was pretty alright. Now he wants to do more next year.

A lot more.

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Your Peyton Manning and Calvin Johnson arguments are legitimate, yet still wayward. And your Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers arguments are cute. Funny, and cute.

After what we saw today and what we saw all season, there’s no conceivable way that Adrian Peterson isn’t the NFL’s most valuable player this year. Not after he came within nine yards of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, a mark of 2,105 yards that’s stood since 1984. And not after his 199 yards today made him one of just seven running backs in league history to accumulate more than 2,000 yards on the ground in a season.

But what’s more remarkable than those records are the circumstances in which Peterson had to play. For much of the year he was the sole offensive playmaker on a team that had to beat the Packers today to earn a playoff spot. Even though everyone at every defensive position and in every stadium seat knew the ball was going into Peterson’s gut far more often than it didn’t (he attempted a season high 34 runs today, one of just two times his carry total went higher than 30) he still busted out for long runs of 20 and 28 yards while averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

If you didn’t hear it every game or if I wasn’t bound by blogger law to write it in every post, while watching Peterson it would be easy to forget that he’s just over a year removed from shredding apart his knee. That may be his greatest accomplishment.

He’s made us forget.

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Ho hum. Just another +100 yard first half for the guy who’s still on pace for over 2,000 rushing yards this year, and Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards remains well within reach.

We honestly, really tried to find some variety here for this week’s prestigious fantasy player at the half award that’s handed out during the busy block of early games. I suppose we could have favored Andre Johnson, who continues to not be dead, and he finished the first half of Houston’s game against Indianapolis with six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown (16 fantasy points in standard leagues, and 22 in PPR leagues).

Yes, that was a possibility. But when Adrian Peterson puts together yet another first half with over 100 rushing yards, you just bow to our messiah. Peterson’s Vikings’ currently lead St. Louis 30-7 at halftime, a healthy lead powered by their stud running back’s 119 rushing yards and a touchdown. That score didn’t just come on a pounding one-yard run either. Nope, it was an 82-yard TD, which comes after Peterson had a touchdown of the exact same distance two weeks ago. It was his fifth +50 yard run this year, and it also comes after he had 104 rushing yards in just the first quarter last week.

He is not of this world.

Peterson already has 17 fantasy points, putting him on pace for 34 today. Yo Adrian, how’s that knee feeling?

Yeah, we’re horrible, greedy, awful people around here. What of it?

Insatiable greed leads our musings and rantings and sometimes coherent thoughts on the 10 early games today (seriously, NFL, balance this out a bit), followed by optimism, and blatant man crush gushing.

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This is starting to sound like a broken record, but for the second consecutive week, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is your player at the half.

What can you say. From a fantasy standpoint, he racked up 22 points in the first quarter alone. On the day, he has rushed for 125 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. If you have Peterson this week for your playoff matchup, man are you a happy camper. If you are up against him, well, better luck next year. Click here for all stat updates today.

Honorable mentions this week to the Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles, who recorded 128 yards on the ground with a touchdown in the first half, and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who has thrown three touchdowns against the Redskins.

The incredible and surprising season for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson just keeps getting better and better.

Going up against a Green Bay Packers run defense that coming into the game had allowed an average of 103.8 yards per game on the ground, good for 11th best in the league, Adrian Peterson ran for 126 yards on just 13 carries in the first half, including a career long 82 yard TD run. Check out his final stats here.

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Adrian Peterson is not a man. He’s a man-beast, or a beastly man, or a man-like beast. He can save cats from trees just by speaking cat, and he can carry a piano from a burning building. He is everything to everyone.

But he’s also a little depressing to think about from a fantasy perspective, unless of course you own him, in which case you’re happier than a slinky on an escalator. Why? Well, because of all the draft misses, this one burns the deepest, and the longest.

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