Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Peterson's aim: Top Bucs' Martin

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson holds a 64-yard lead over the Bucs' Doug Martin in the race for the NFL rushing title entering the final week of the regular season.

Minnesota's perennial Pro Bowl back is keeping track, too.

"Of course" the rushing title matters, Peterson said, smiling widely. "I'll have the opportunity to do that this weekend. It's not something that I'm trying to focus on too much."

The Vikings visit Green Bay on Sunday night (8:25, Ch. 8) with the NFC North title on the line. And with the Bucs facing Carolina at 4:25, Peterson will have a number to aim for.

"I get a little advantage. I'll know exactly what I need going into the game, so that's a perk," Peterson said.

Peterson has 1,418 yards on 308 carries. Martin has 1,354 yards on 273 carries and is the only running back challenging Peterson for what would be a third rushing title in his nine-year career.

Peterson is averaging 4.6 yards a carry and 94.5 yards a game, and has 10 touchdowns. Martin is averaging 5 yards per carry and 90.3 yards per game, and has six touchdowns.

Martin will try to become the first Tampa Bay player to win a rushing title. No Buc has led the league in a major yardage category on offense. On special teams, Mark Jones led the NFL in punt return yards in 2005.

Also, Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph is listed as doubtful for Sunday with a foot injury.

Bills: Running back LeSean McCoy (right knee) will miss his second game in a row against the Jets on Sunday.

Chiefs: Pass rusher Justin Houston practiced for the first time in more than a month and is listed as questionable for Sunday against Oakland. Houston has not played since hyperextending a knee against Buffalo on Nov. 29.

Jaguars: Rookie running back T.J. Yeldon (sprained ligament, left knee) was ruled our for Sunday at Houston.

Patriots: Injured receiver Julian Edelman did not accompany the team for its game Sunday at Miami, CSN New England reported.

Rams: Rookie running back Todd Gurley missed his third straight practice because of a right foot injury and is likely to be held out Sunday against the 49ers. He has spent this week getting treatment after being hurt late in the second half of a win over Seattle on Sunday.

Seahawks: Tight end Luke Willson and right guard J.R. Sweezy will miss Sunday's finale at Arizona with concussions. Starting left tackle Russell Okung (calf) is doubtful.

Texans: Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will miss Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a foot injury.

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