Adrian Peterson is up for Offensive Rookie of the Week even while being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for his multi-purpose performance in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Chicago Bears.
Peterson rushed for a franchise-record 224 yards and tied the record with three rushing touchdowns, adding 128 yards in kickoff returns and 9 yards receiving. His touchdown runs came from 67, 73 and 35 yards outs and he returned the final kickoff of the game 53 yards to set up Ryan Longwell's career-long 55-yard field goal to win the game with no time remaining on the clock.
"I'm proud of the accomplishment and it feels great to be the Player of the Week," Peterson said in a statement. "I owe it all to my teammates and the linemen who opened the holes and gave me an opportunity to make plays. More important than the records and the awards is the fact we won the game. We needed a win last week and those are the most important things."
He is the first Vikings rookie to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors since Randy Moss won the award for his performance at Dallas on Nov. 26, 1998. Ironically, Peterson returns home to his native Texas to play the Dallas Cowboys, who have a 5-1 record, at 3:15 p.m. Central on Sunday.
Peterson, who leads the NFL in rushing with 607 yards and yards per carry at 6.3, was the league's Rookie of the Month for September.
Peterson Wins NFC Offensive POW
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