Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/9/14

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Two of the most electrifying running backs in the NFL may or may not get to duke it out against each other in the season opener on Sunday, Sept. 9 as the Minnesota Vikings play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Adrian Peterson, the Vikings 100 million dollar man, is returning from injury and may see limited time, while Maurice Jones-Drew is coming back from a hold-out and will also more than likely see limited action.

These two star running backs are no doubt the two best in the NFL since 2007.  Peterson leads the NFL with 6,752 rushing yards and MJD is in second with 5,913.  As for total touchdowns, Peterson is in first with 67 and MJD is second with 58.  Peterson and MJD are first and second as well in yards from scrimmage with 8,061 and 7,950 respectively.  As for rushing touchdowns, Peterson is first with 64 and MJD is actually third with 49.  Regardless, these two guys are good.

But what happens if they both see limited playing time?  What team needs their star player more?  Both are equally important to their offense as both teams have young,  second year quarterbacks and a young core of wide outs.

However, the Jags boast a much better defense as they only allowed 273 offensive points last year as compared to the Vikings' 405 offensive points allowed.  Therefore, the Jags' defense can help carry the team, but the Vikings need their offense to be stellar.

Another point to be made is that Christian Ponder had a better season than Blaine Gabbert.  Gabbert had the lowest Quarterback Rating last year (20.6) even though his numbers look pretty comparable to Ponder's.  However, Ponder's QBR was a little over 13 points higher than Gabbert's.  QBR values quarterbacks on all play types on a scale of 0-100.  While neither have spectacular QBR's, one must remember that these two were rookies last year.

Enough about the quarterbacks, because these two running backs are phenomenal.  Unfortunately, chances are that these two big shots won't see too much playing time.  However, these two guys will still have great seasons regardless.  It is all just a matter of when these two get more playing time and when they get hot.

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