Odds out on Peterson's pursuit of NFL rushing record

Dec 19, 2012 |
Adrian Peterson needs to average 147 yards in the final two weeks.
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Adrian Peterson needs to average 147 yards in the final two weeks.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is sprinting towards history and NFL bettors can come along for the ride.

Peterson, who has rushed for 1,812 yards heading into Week 16’s meeting with the Houston Texans, is just 293 rushing yards away from tying Eric Dickerson’s all-time single-season mark of 2,105 yards set in 1984.

Oddsmakers at William Hill Sportsbooks in Nevada are offering a unique prop on Peterson’s pursuit of the record, pricing “Yes” Peterson will break the single-season rushing record at +105 while “No” he won’t break the record is set at -125.

Peterson must average 147 yards in the final two weeks of the season to break the record. He goes up against the Texans’ fifth-ranked rushing defense Sunday and then takes on the Green Bay Packers in Week 17. He certainly has the momentum to do so, topping the 100-yard mark on the ground in eight straight outings – averaging 164.1 yards during that span.

Odds are also available on whether or not Peterson will reach the 2,000-yard mark. William Hill has “Yes” priced at -600 and “No” set at +450. This prop opened on Dec. 6, with “Yes” at +120 and “No” at -200.

Peterson isn’t the only NFL star shooting for a record in the final two weeks of the schedule. Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is on course to snap Jerry Rice’s all-time single-season receiving yards mark. Johnson heads into Week 16 with 1,667 receiving yards and must average 91 yards in the final two games to break Rice’s record of 1,848 set in 1995.

William Hill has “Yes” Johnson will break the record set at -600 and “No” at +450. “Yes” opened at +175 while “No” was originally posted at -200 on Dec. 6.

Johnson and the Lions face the Atlanta Falcons Sunday and wrap up the season versus the Chicago Bears at home in Week 17.
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