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Adrian Peterson vs. LaDanian Tomlinson

arcarsenal : 2/16/2017 10:02 am
Since there's so much AP talk around here, it got me thinking...

These are the 2 best backs the league has seen in the last ~15 years and two of the best ever.

AP may have a little left in the tank but his peak has obviously passed.

Tomlinson had the 28 TD season while AP has never hit 20. Tomlinson was also a much better receiving back (he had a 100 catch season in 2003 and somehow didn't make the pro bowl...)

Peterson led the league in rush yards three times, Tomlinson twice.

Best rushing seasons side by side:

Peterson (2012) - 348 att, 2097 yards, 6.0 YPA, 12 TD, 131.1 YPG, 2314 ydscm

Tomlinson (2006) - 348 att, 1815 yards, 5.2 YPA, 28 TD, 113.4 YPG, 2323 ydscm


When all is said and done, who would you call the better back? LdT because he was a better all-around player? AP because he was arguably the (slightly) better runner?
Tomlinson  
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 2/16/2017 10:11 am : link
More complete. Far better receiver and actually the better blocker despite being the less imposing physical specimen.

He did everything well. He had 33 Touchdowns that season when you include passing and receiving TDs. 33! If you're bad at math, that's OVER 2 PER GAME! Insanity.

As a pure runner of the football, Peterson might be the best I've ever seen though. Certain guys just seem to move differently from the other 99% on the football field. Odell is one of those guys, Peterson is most definitely one of those guys.

His 2000yd season, Tomlinson's 33 TD year, and Faulk's 1000/1000 season are the best RB years of the last 20 years imo. Priest was pretty filthy for a while too.
Somewhat unfair to look at the organizational dysfunction  
jcn56 : 2/16/2017 10:14 am : link
of the offenses that AP played on in comparison to LDT (who even with the Jets had the benefit of a very strong OL and a game built around running the ball).

AP would have been a much different back in SD, IMO.
Rivers and Gates vs. Who?  
robbieballs2003 : 2/16/2017 10:18 am : link
I think that has to be factored in.
Osi..  
arcarsenal : 2/16/2017 10:23 am : link
I definitely agree with that assessment.

I also think it's fair to point out that Tomlinson played with a functional QB and dominant pass catching TE for most of his career. Peterson played with guys like Gus Frerotte, Tarvaris Jackson, Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel.. Favre was fantastic in 2009 but that's really it.
My post in the AP thread spurned this, didn't it.  
Brown Recluse : 2/16/2017 10:27 am : link
Admit it.
Rivers and Gates  
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 2/16/2017 10:49 am : link
being difference makers is true. But Rivers wasn't exactly tearing the league up that year, he was a good young QB. Gates was good too. I don't remember that OL being great either, they might've been good but I never felt like that OL made Tomlinson the way the Seattle OL made Alexander.

Peterson was something else in 2012 (It's been 5 years already WTF!?). One of my favorite stats from that season?

Ponder: 6.1 yards per pass attempt
Peterson: 6.0 yards per rush

That's nuts.

But 33 TDs vs. 13 TDs is noteworthy to say the least.
To compare the 2 is unfair  
Tuckrule : 2/16/2017 10:58 am : link
AP is clearly the better back with Tomlinson having much better help around him anda much more potent all around offense. Go back and look year by year at APs QBs and WR. The best WR he probably had on his team was Sidney rice while favre was there. Look at his qbs. Tavaris Jackson, Christian ponder, favre, Gus ferrote while LDT had rivers and brees. You cannot compare the 2 and anyone who says AP is the lesser back should have their head examined
Those are filthy numbers....look at these  
WideRight : 2/16/2017 12:36 pm : link


357 att 1860 yds 5.2/carry 9 td 2390 yscm


This guy is surprisingly close to those FILTHY numbers, and so rarely appreciated. Whose are they? And why would a Giants fan care when we are talking about such great backs like A Pete and LdT?
RE: Rivers and Gates vs. Who?  
est1986 : 2/16/2017 12:42 pm : link
In comment 13362745 robbieballs2003 said:
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I think that has to be factored in.


That San Diego team was stacked for a few years.. ask Rex Ryan.. He would have won a few super bowls with that team.
RE: Those are filthy numbers....look at these  
est1986 : 2/16/2017 12:43 pm : link
In comment 13363001 WideRight said:
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357 att 1860 yds 5.2/carry 9 td 2390 yscm


This guy is surprisingly close to those FILTHY numbers, and so rarely appreciated. Whose are they? And why would a Giants fan care when we are talking about such great backs like A Pete and LdT?


Tiki?
Yes  
WideRight : 2/16/2017 12:49 pm : link
Crazy how good he was....and how far he's fallen.
RE: Yes  
est1986 : 2/16/2017 1:01 pm : link
In comment 13363049 WideRight said:
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Crazy how good he was....and how far he's fallen.


He walked away very healthy... can't blame him now.. was pissed he hung it up early, he was having his best years and then he quit. I understand now but I was disappointed at the time.. at least for a few months.. until this..

RE: Yes  
santacruzom : 2/16/2017 1:53 pm : link
In comment 13363049 WideRight said:
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Crazy how good he was....and how far he's fallen.


Ahman Green had a very similar season to that (with more TD's), and he's been fairly forgotten for how studly he was for quite some time.
Tiki was incredible at his peak.  
arcarsenal : 2/16/2017 2:02 pm : link
Unfortunately, he walked away at the very pinnacle of his game.

2-3 more seasons and he'd be a lock for the HoF.
Tomlinson,  
Doomster : 2/16/2017 2:15 pm : link
and I don't even think it is close.....
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