Now fully healthy, Adrian Peterson is a big reason the Minnesota Vikings are tied atop the NFC North.
The Tennessee Titans hope Chris Johnson's latest performance is the start of good things to come for them and their star running back.
Looking to continue their surprising start, Peterson and the Vikings can surpass their win total from last season with a third consecutive victory Sunday against the banged-up Titans at the Metrodome.
Minnesota's 3-13 season in 2011 was made worse when Peterson tore his ACL at Washington on Christmas Eve. Nine months later, he has recovered enough to regain his status as one of the NFL's top running backs, helping the Vikings (3-1) to a share of the division lead with Chicago.
"We want to embrace it,'' coach Les Frazier said. "It was one of our goals when the season began, to win the NFC North.''
Minnesota might have a good chance to achieve that goal if Peterson continues to run as well as he did last week. Though the Vikings rank 21st in total...