Adrian Peterson Possibly Got Robbed Of The Record, Nerd Says — KSK Kontent Klearinghouse

02.27.13 5 years ago 28 Comments

Some nerdlinger crunched numbers using math wizardry to determine how likely it is that Adrian Peterson actually broke the single-season rushing title, but was denied because of the way the NFL rounds off yardage gained.

Using graphs and left-brained sorcery, Jeremy Scheff mapped the distribution of “real” rushing yards, accounting for possible rounding errors in Eric Dickerson’s record-breaking season and Adrian Peterson’s almost record-breaking season. He came to this conclusion:

There is approximately a 15% chance that Adrian Peterson actually broke Dickerson’s record, but it was not noticed due errors accumulated by rounding the lengths of rushes to integer values.

15 percent? I don’t know. That doesn’t sound quasi-legit-esque enough for me to scream robbery. Nice try, mathemagician.

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