Chris Johnson Vs. Adrian Peterson

 

Everyone has their own opinion about this subject. Who is better, Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson? This is my unbiased take on it.

Speed- Chris Johnson is the unofficial fastest man in the NFL. Adrian Peterson is no slouch when it comes to speed but you can’t compare him to Johnson in this aspect. Advantage Chris Johnson

 

Turnovers- Adrian Peterson is notorious for his butter fingers. He has 20 fumbles in his NFL career or about 7 fumbles a year. Chris Johnson on the other hand, in two NFL seasons, has 4 fumbles. Advantage Chris Johnson

 

The Big Play- Chris Johnson had 29 runs of 20+ yards and 7 of those were 40+ yards. Peterson on the other hand had 15 plays of 20+ yards and 3 of those were for 40+ yards. These stats are only for the 2009 season. The thing is Peterson has acheived this type of stuff in the past. Draw

 

The O-line Factor- It is a running backs job to gain yards after he passes the line of scrimmage. Before that it’s all up to the O-line. Thus lets see which line gave up the more negative rushes. The Titans O-line gave up 46 negative rushes. The Vikes O-line gave up 51. Also consider that the Titans rushed 32 more times that the Vikings. The advantage is given the the RB with the worse O-line. Advantage Adrian Peterson

 

Blocking- Pro Football Focus gave Chris Johnson a -2.3 blocking rating. Adrian Peterson got a rating of 1.7. Peterson was exactly 4 points better. Advantage Adrian Peterson

 

Recieving- Johnson caught 7 more passes than Peterson in the 2009 season. This difference is because the Vikings already have 3 great targets in Rice, Harvin, and Shaincoe. The Titans just have Kenny Britt. Peterson isn’t even the 4th option on the team and that not his fault. They both averaged 10.1 yards per catch. Draw

 

Intangibles- Johnson is currently holding out on the Titans untill he gets a new contract. If you ask me he seems pretty cocky and I know Peterson would never hold out on the Vikings. He is too much of a team player. In Johnsons defense, he was picked later than Peterson thus he earns less money. Johnson should really shut up and play like Peterson. On the other hand remember Peterson had his ‘little’ speecing incident. I don’t blame him at all for the Adrian Peterson day incident that pissed of Chilly. Advantage Adrian Peterson

 

I’m giving 2 points for an advantage and one point each for a draw.

Chris Johnson- 6 points   Adrian Peterson- 8 points

 

Johnson had an amazing season but it was still just one season. As of now, Peterson will most likely fumble less next year, Peterson is slightly better.

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  • supascout

    The 2000 yard mark is a rare thresh-hold to achieve and is a mark of a rare running back, and Chris Johnson is just that.

    I think that your analysis is incomplete it doesn’t have any thing about power or yards after contact. AP had 917 CJ had 1071 according to ProfootballFocus.com, which surprised me. However throwing aside a Cleveland Strong Safety like a sack of potatoes deserves a bonus of at least 10 points.