After rushing for 134 yards on 29 carries against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is one of three nominees for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week awards for week 2.
His competition? Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones ran for 123 yards on 19 carries, with two touchdowns, as Washington beat the St. Louis Rams 24-10. The third and final player up for the award is Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard, who also ran for 123 yards, but on 20 carries. Bernard helped the Bengals down the San Diego Chargers, 24-19, and San Diego will visit TCF Bank Stadium this Sunday. So there might be another big game in store for the man they call Purple Jesus.
If you're looking at yards alone, Peterson seems a shoo-in, and if you add in his 58 receiving yards (I know, I know, ground award), it would seem a slam dunk. But he also fumbled twice, recovering one of those. The other fumble was inside Detroit's 10, and cost the Vikings points. He would've had a third fumble, which occurred literally on the goal line, but thanks to a Lions offsides penalty the play was nullified. Fullback Zach line scored from one yard out on the next play, averting disaster.
So will Peterson win? I don't know, but as one funny tweet I saw makes me think he's a shoo in for this:
@mattvensel more like FedEx (put it on the) Ground Player of the Week— Ryan Boser (@Ryan_Boser) September 22, 2015
Either way, it's still a major award. A MAJOR AWARD. If he wins, I hope the reaction at Winter Park is something along these lines:
Good luck to Peterson. To help him out, you can go to NFL.com/fedex and vote for him from now until Thursday at 2 PM Central time. FedEx and the NFL will announce the winners every Thursday afternoon and award a $2,000 donation in each player’s name to their teams’ local area chapters of the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief and preparedness. If you're on Twitter, use #AirandGround to spread the word.