Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/19/14

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 6: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs past Calais Campbell #93 of the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Tennessee Titans back Chris Johnson have been linked since Johnson broke out with a 2,000-yard season in 2009.The two dynamic backs have been judged against each other, while being seen as the league's two best rushers the past three seasons. The comparisons continued this preseason when the two signed rich new contract extensions.There are few similarities between Peterson and Johnson now though with eight regular season games in the books. Peterson is putting together one of his best seasons as a pro and Johnson has struggled since returning from a holdout.For Peterson, his numbers this season don't have to do with living up to his lofty seven-year, 100-million contract extension. The groundwork for his success was laid in the offseason."It all came before I got my deal, how I prepared in the offseason," Peterson said. "When I left last year, I had the mindset that, Hey, I want to make sure that I'm going to be the best...
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