GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Injuries forced Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to be limited over the final four games of the season, but last year's MVP still managed to finish fifth in the NFL in rushing.
Peterson finished the season with 1,266 yards. LaSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles and Alfred Morris finished 1-4 in the rankings.
In 2013, Peterson became the second all-time leading rusher in a season. He finished a mere 9 yards away from breaking the record held by Hall-of-Famer Eric Dickerson.
Among those in the 2,000 yard rushing club, Peterson's follow-up campaign ranks No. 3.
Here are the second year standings:
- Barry Sanders 1,491 yards
- Chris Johnson 1,364 yards
- Adrian Peterson 1,266 yards
- Eric Dickerson 1,234 yards
- O.J. Simpson 1,125 yards *14-game season
- Jamaal Lewis 1,066 yards
- Terrell Davis 241 yards
As for the rest of the league leaders, Peyton Manning set the NFL single-season record for yards passing. He finished the season with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdown passes both records.
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon finished with an NFL-high 1,646 yards receiving, a first for the franchise. Washington's Pierre Garcon led with 113 receptions.
Indianapolis' Robert Mathis finished with a half-sack more than Robert Quinn of St. Louis. Mathis joined Dwight Freeney as Indy's only sacks champions.