With the NFL's single-season rushing record in reach, Adrian Peterson and the VIkings come into the Edward Jones Dome with a slew of goals. The first is to stay alive in the playoff hunt, which they helped by beating Chicago 21-14 on Sunday. The second is to get their star running back closer to Eric Dickerson's record of 2,105 rushing yards. Peterson needs to average over 168 yards per game over the final three to break the former Rams running back's mark. The Rams - who drafted Dickerson and centered their offense around him for five seasons - would like to keep their guy atop the record books.
After winning just three of their first ten games, the Rams have won three straight to reach .500 for the first time since Week 6. Winning out would keep the Rams in contention, but they would need some help from the opponents of Chicago and Seattle. St. Louis' two surprise performances against the 49ers - a win and a tie - have been the signature of their season. Their defense has improved, but their offense lags behind league-average, ranking 28th in the NFL in scoring.
The Vikings have seen flashes from second-year quarterback Christian Ponder, but he has been interception prone and will miss having Percy Harvin on the field. The play-making wide receiver will miss the rest of the season with a bum ankle, and the Vikings will have to lean ever more heavily on Adrian Peterson. Fortunately, they have a potential MVP candidate in the backfield. Peterson would be the first running back since LaDanian Tomlinson in 2006 to win the prestigious award.
Game Time/Date: Sunday, December 16; 1 p.m. ET
Location: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
TV Schedule: FOX
TV Distribution Map: The506
Radio Schedule: AM 1580 KTGR/ 101.1 WXOS FM