One of Sunday's wild-card games will feature the rarest of things in the NFL, a battle of two running teams. When the Seahawks and Vikings meet, we'll see two teams whose offense is predicated on pounding the rock.
Before the season, many would ask the question of whether you'd want Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch. Peterson's clearly been the better back this year, but the Vikings running back complimented Lynch, who missed substantial time with injury, by calling him the "second-best back" in the NFL.
"I remember coming out [of college] with him. We trained together in Arizona, and I knew he was going to be a force to be reckoned with," Peterson said. "He's 'Beast Mode' for a reason: He's a physical runner. He plays fast. His lateral movement, cuts, his vision is top of the line. Even though he didn't play much this year, I would say he's probably the second-best back in the league. I'd give it to him, hands-down.
Peterson's long been considered the best running back in the NFL by default, even if guys like LeSean McCoy and Le'Veon Bell would try and steal the belt from him.
Lynch didn't have much of a chance to challenge Peterson, rushing for just 417 yards on 111 carries this season.
Of course, Lynch hasn't played much this season. If he comes back from injury and propels the Seahawks into the next round, all the rushing titles and backhanded compliments in the world won't do anything to get Peterson closer to a Super Bowl.