And in the 11th week, he rested.
Adrian Peterson, with a 123-yard lead over Marshawn Lynch in the rushing race, has his bye this week, and by all accounts, you'd think he needs it. He's playing after major knee surgery last winter, and he's playing better than any back in football. Last four weeks: 153, 123, 182 and, on Sunday, 171 yards rushing. A four-week total of 629 yards, with five touchdowns and a gaudy 7.7-yard average.
The crazy thing is -- as he told me after the Vikings beat the Lions Sunday -- is he's still recovering from his surgery.
"Last week in Seattle, on one run, I felt scar tissue break up around my patella tendon on one of my cuts,'' he said from Minneapolis. "That's part of the recovery, that scar tissue breaking.''
That's why he thinks he'll continue to get better.