Don't call it a comeback. Adrian Peterson has been doing this for years. But after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in Week 15 of the 2011 season, no one could've expected this from A.D. in 2012. His season-high 212 yards on Sunday gave him a career-best 1,812 for the year, put him on track to break the single-season rushing record and kept the Vikings in the thick of the NFC playoff picture. That was easily enough to garner him the top spot in this week's rankings in the eyes of our panel.
Peterson beat out Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson, who did some damage of his own on the ground. The Seattle starter rushed for 92 yards and had three first-half touchdowns in a rout of the Bills. The two rushing football stars were followed by Kevin Durant, who has the Thunder rolling on an 11-game win streak.
That's how our panel ranked them, but do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.
2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman
The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events in that seven-day span.