NFL schedule 2012: Rams host the Vikings in Week 15

Joe Robbins

St. Louis will be the next team trying to prevent Adrian Peterson from breaking former Rams running back Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson needs to average over 168 yards per game to break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. The Rams - who employed Dickerson for his first five seasons - would like to hold AD and the Vikings offense to significantly less success. The game will take place on Sunday on the friendly turf of the Edward Jones Dome.

After winning just three of its first ten games, St. Louis has won their last three games, including a 15-12 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. While a playoff run is unlikely, Jeff Fisher can use the rest of the season to evaluate which offensive players can contribute when the team is ready to win. The Rams have impressive young talent on the defensive side of the ball, a must in the grind-it-out NFC West. The big question mark remains the progress of Sam Bradford, who has yet to show this season that he is a franchise player.

Coming off a 21-14 upset of the Chicago Bears, the Vikings have rekindled their playoff hopes and look to take another step forward against the Rams. The loss of Percy Harvin is crippling, but the running game continues to keep Minnesota afloat, with Adrian Peterson earning MVP buzz with his record pace. A running back has not won the Associated Press' MVP award since LaDanian Tomlinson in 2006, but Peterson will have an excellent shot if breaks the record.

Here is the rest of the schedule for Week 15:

Thursday, Dec. 13:

Sunday, Dec. 16:
Monday Dec. 17:
Check out SI.com for more on the NFL schedule.

For more on the Rams, check out Turf Show Time. Also visit SB Nation's NFL hub for more analysis from around the league.

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