His sights set squarely on 2,000 yards, Adrian Peterson's latest jaw-dropping performance also made sure the Minnesota Vikings can keep their eyes on the playoffs.
Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns and Harrison Smith returned an interception for a score to lead the Vikings to a 21-14 victory over the free-falling Chicago Bears on Sunday in Minneapolis.
Peterson topped 100 yards before the first quarter was over.
"The guy's unbelievable," quarterback Christian Ponder said of his star running back. "I don't know if he's human or not."
The Titans' Chris Johnson is the most recent player to reach 2,000 yards rushing. He had 2,006 in the 2009 season.
Peterson has 1,600 yards with three games to play.
"I think about it," Peterson said of 2,000 yards. "I don't try to think about it too much. I feel like it will happen. It's obvious we're going to continue to run the ball, and the chips will fall where they may."
"Vote Ray Guy": Vikings punter Chris Kluwe continued his campaign to get former Raider Ray Guy into the Hall of Fame by writing "Vote Ray Guy" on his jersey patch commemorating the Hall of Fame.
Players are wearing the patch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kluwe wrote the message in protest of the fact that there are no punters in the hall. Kluwe says he knows he will probably get fined for putting the personal message
"Why am I going to support a Hall of Fame that doesn't have a punter in it?" Kluwe said.
Saints' hopes fading: The New Orleans Saints seemed resigned to their fate after losing their third straight game: the possibility of missing the playoffs for a franchise that has grown accustomed to success.
The New York Giants hurt the playoff chances of the Saints (5-8), handing them a demoralizing 52-27 loss.
The best the Saints can finish is 8-8, and they would need a lot of help to get to the playoffs for a fourth straight year.
"I am more worried about us finishing strong," Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma said. "It's been a while since we've been eliminated from the playoffs. It's tough to swallow."
Cardinals embarrassed: Ken Whisenhunt started with an apology and later asked a reporter if he could play quarterback. Arizona's season that was already spiraling finally hit bottom.
The Cardinals committed eight turnovers, saw Seattle's Marshawn Lynch run for three touchdowns and were handed the worst shutout loss in franchise history, a 58-0 rout.
"I apologize to our fans and everyone associated with our organization. That was embarrassing," Whisenhunt said. "We owe it to them, our fans ... to give them a better product than we did today."