Adrian Peterson, Cam Newton had key Week 14 runs


  • By Marc Sessler
  • Around the League Writer
  • Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.


Sunday's games are in the books for Week 14. What plays will we remember? Marc Sessler chooses the five runs that defined the action.
OK, Adrian Peterson. We get it. We'll just hold your spot on this list. Granted, there's no better back in the NFL and Sunday's 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears was another example of why. The Minnesota Vikings runner was on fire out of the gate, rushing for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone (a career best) before finishing with 154 on the day. The Bears stacked the box with nine men repeatedly and couldn't shut Peterson down. Here's a look at his day's work.
Our weekly "five runs" column isn't always a bed of roses. It was unfortunate to see Robert Griffin III suffer a knee injury in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Washington Redskins rookie quarterback was hurt running into nose tackle Haloti Ngata on this second-and-19 scramble. Griffin attempted to play but the pain was too steep. The 'Skins are calling it a sprain, and RG3's health will be monitored with laser focus all week.
This 72-yard, highlight-reel touchdown scamper by Cam Newton was more than enough to land the Carolina Panthers quarterback a spot inside this humble post. Newton's 116 yards on the ground in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons was the most by a quarterback in Panthers history. Cam also became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 250-plus yards, run for 100-plus and have at least one passing and rushing score. Don't look now, but Ace Boogie has a higher passer rating this season (88.0) than he did last (84.5).

OK, Adrian Peterson. We get it. We'll just hold your spot on this list. Granted, there's no better back in the NFL and Sunday's 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears was another example of why. The Minnesota Vikings runner was on fire out of the gate, rushing for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone (a career best) before finishing with 154 on the day. The Bears stacked the box with nine men repeatedly and couldn't shut Peterson down. Here's a look at his day's work.
Our weekly "five runs" column isn't always a bed of roses. It was unfortunate to see Robert Griffin III suffer a knee injury in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Washington Redskins rookie quarterback was hurt running into nose tackle Haloti Ngata on this second-and-19 scramble. Griffin attempted to play but the pain was too steep. The 'Skins are calling it a sprain, and RG3's health will be monitored with laser focus all week.
This 72-yard, highlight-reel touchdown scamper by Cam Newton was more than enough to land the Carolina Panthers quarterback a spot inside this humble post. Newton's 116 yards on the ground in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons was the most by a quarterback in Panthers history. Cam also became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 250-plus yards, run for 100-plus and have at least one passing and rushing score. Don't look now, but Ace Boogie has a higher passer rating this season (88.0) than he did last (84.5).
The Dallas Cowboys carried heavy hearts into Sunday following the tragic death of practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. Their 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals called for a total team effort, and DeMarco Murray delivered with this six-yard run on third-and-5 with just over a minute to go in the game. Murray's big-time conversion set up the winning field goal and kept Dallas alive in the NFC playoff picture

OK, Adrian Peterson. We get it. We'll just hold your spot on this list. Granted, there's no better back in the NFL and Sunday's 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears was another example of why. The Minnesota Vikings runner was on fire out of the gate, rushing for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone (a career best) before finishing with 154 on the day. The Bears stacked the box with nine men repeatedly and couldn't shut Peterson down. Here's a look at his day's work.
Our weekly "five runs" column isn't always a bed of roses. It was unfortunate to see Robert Griffin III suffer a knee injury in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Washington Redskins rookie quarterback was hurt running into nose tackle Haloti Ngata on this second-and-19 scramble. Griffin attempted to play but the pain was too steep. The 'Skins are calling it a sprain, and RG3's health will be monitored with laser focus all week.
This 72-yard, highlight-reel touchdown scamper by Cam Newton was more than enough to land the Carolina Panthers quarterback a spot inside this humble post. Newton's 116 yards on the ground in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons was the most by a quarterback in Panthers history. Cam also became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 250-plus yards, run for 100-plus and have at least one passing and rushing score. Don't look now, but Ace Boogie has a higher passer rating this season (88.0) than he did last (84.5).
The Dallas Cowboys carried heavy hearts into Sunday following the tragic death of practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. Their 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals called for a total team effort, and DeMarco Murray delivered with this six-yard run on third-and-5 with just over a minute to go in the game. Murray's big-time conversion set up the winning field goal and kept Dallas alive in the NFC playoff picture.
Let's dial it back to Thursday night and the handiwork of Knowshon Moreno. The Denver Broncos running back, filling in for the injured Willis McGahee, was sensational in a 26-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. Moreno's 119-yard night was filled with plenty of preime-time runs, including this 18-yard dart through the heart of Oakland's defense. Many questioned if the oft-injured Moreno could fill McGahee's shoes. So far so good.