Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Power Rankings: Johnson over Peterson
By Kevin Seifert
Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson received four of the eight first-place votes in ESPN.com's latest positional power ranking. Tennessee Titans tailback Chris Johnson got the same.
The verdict? Johnson was the winner -- based on a one-point advantage in total points, not Peterson's questionable cultural observations.
I'm not sure if we'll solve such a pressing issue today. If you had to pick Peterson or Johnson for your 2011 season, who would it be? I don't think you'll go wrong either way. Last season, Johnson produced 1,609 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 games. Peterson countered with 1,639 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns in 15 games.
Full disclosure: I voted Peterson first and Johnson second, in keeping with my well-established bias against invisible AFC South players and teams. For that reason, and because he had the audacity to rip one of our players as he watched us in the NFC Championship Game, I sentenced Jacksonville Jaguars tailback Maurice Jones-Drew to No. 8 overall.
(For my actual explanation, you'll have to read AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky's post on the voting.) Here's how I voted:
- Adrian Peterson
- Chris Johnson
- Michael Turner
- Steven Jackson
- Arian Foster
- Jamaal Charles
- Rashard Mendenhall
- Maurice Jones-Drew
- Ray Rice
- LaDainian Tomlinson