Giants gear up for another round with Adrian Peterson – Giants.com

That afternoon 14 months ago, Peterson out-rushed Saquon Barkley by 111 yards. But in the rematch five weeks later, Barkley ran for a career-high 170 yards, including a 78-yard score, and Peterson was held to 16 yards on 10 carries.

The two running backs, one seemingly in the twilight of his career and the other in his infancy, admire each other. Peterson sought out Barkley and spoke to him on the field following that first game last year and told the young back, I love what youre doingthe skys the limit.

Hes a monster, Barkley said this week of Peterson. A.P., hes one of the best running backs to ever do it. I know he just tied Walter Paytons touchdown record (Peterson and the Hall of Famer each have 110, the fourth-highest total in history). Hopefully, he doesnt break it (tomorrow). But Ive been a big fan of him, got to talk to him multiple times. He always gives me great words of encouragement, but just a big fan. I love watching his game and its amazing to see what hes able to do at this age.

Barkley was asked what most impressed him about Petersons game. In answering, he proved that he is closely monitoring the future Hall of Famers season.

When you look at his stats, hes got like 180 carries for like 700 and something yards (183 attempts for 784 yards), Barkley said. His longest run is 29 yards (correct). Back in the day, A.P. was breaking for 80, 70, this, that and the third. Even last year, he had some of those. So, you can see that it just shows that hes just being real productive. Very productive. Taking what the defense gives him, you still see him run through arm tackles, run through tackles, run a physical game downhill. Thats the most impressive game. There is going to be some point with all of us, where myself, where Zeke (Ezekiel Elliott), where Todd (Gurley), where Christian (McCaffrey), we might not have those years or those seasons where were breaking 80-yard touchdown runs or 70-yard catch and runs. But you still do it and you still can be able to be productive in a type of manner o,r I guess you could say, type of game I had last week (112 yards on 24 carries, none longer than 12 yards).

Peterson is 12 years older than Barkley. They each play with a first-round rookie quarterback, Dwayne Haskins for Washington and Daniel Jones for the Giants. But each team would be very happy to ride their marquee running back to victory tomorrow.

*The Jones-Haskins quarterback matchup is just the second this season of two 2019 draft choices. The first occurred on Oct. 20, when Jones and Arizonas Kyler Murray, the first overall selection, squared off.

*A Giants victory would give them a season sweep of the Redskins for the first time since 2014. They are 101-68-4 all-time vs. Washington and are the only franchise with at least 100 victories against another franchise.

*The Giants are 12-9-1 in FedExField since it opened in 1997.

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