The Dallas Cowboys need a running game. You don’t need special goggles to see that.
Hell, you don’t even need to watch the games to know that!
With DeMarco Murray out, and backup players Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner leading the running attack, could the Cowboys use a featured style running back (a position lacking star power since Emmitt Smith)?
Enter Adrian Peterson from the Minnesota Vikings.
All-Time Rushing List:
1. Emmitt Smith: 18,355 yards
33. Adrian Peterson: 9,360 yards
The Palestine, Texas native, now 28 years of age, has openly said he thinks he can surpass Cowboys’ Emmitt Smith in the all-time yards category.
Well, if he is going to do it, might as well try in Dallas where he is needed.
Apparently, he is not needed in Minnesota; rushing for only 28 yards on 13 attempts against a winless (at the time) Giants team. Yuck.
Though the running back is on the late end of his prime, the 2012 NFL MVP brings a deep resume that includes five trips to the Pro Bowl, two NFL rushing titles, and five All-Pro nominations.
Adrian Peterson is 47 yards shy of passing Earl Campbell (#31), and 93 yards away from Shaun Alexander (#30) on the NFL All-Time rushing leaders list.
Only two active players sit above him: Steven Jackson and Frank Gore.
As the Cowboys forge ahead for a division title, and into the playoffs, one thing is for sure: the health of this offense could have a stronger heart beat with a hard nose style running back.
Currently, AP is at 511 rushing yards on 115 attempts through 5 games. He is averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He owns five touchdowns.
So, is Adrian Peterson the missing piece? Just asking.