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:
- Redskins at Browns, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
- Colts at Texans, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Jaguars at Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Broncos at Ravens, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
- Vikings at Rams, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
- Buccaneers at Saints, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
- Giants at Falcons, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
- Packers at Bears, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
- Lions at Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
- Seahawks at Bills, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
- Panthers at Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
- Chiefs at Raiders, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
- Steelers at Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
- 49ers at Patriots, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC