Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson are two of the best in the game


Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tampa Bay 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

When you think of the top running backs in the NFL, who do you think of?

If putting together a list of the Top 5 backs in the league, would you dare leave Marshawn Lynch or Adrian Peterson off the list?

Probably not, and for good reason. The two are among the best, not just in the NFC, but in the NFL. And on Sunday, the two will have the opportunity to play on the same field, when the Seahawks host the Minnesota Vikings.

Statistically, the two are nearly inseparable.

Lynch has the second-most rushing yards in the league with 871 while Peterson is in fourth with 786.

Peterson leads the league with nine touchdowns while Lynch is in third with seven.

Peterson averages 87.3 yards per game (3rd), Lynch averages 87.1 (4th). Lynch averages 4.6 yards per rush while Peterson averages 4.5 yards per rush.

And, the two are tied for fourth in the league with five rushes of 20+ yards this season.

Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Physically, the two are near replicas of the other.

Lynch is listed at 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, while Peterson is 6-foot-1, 217 pounds.

Both players are in their seventh year after being drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Peterson went first, the 7th pick in the Draft to the Vikings, who took him out of Oklahoma. Lynch was drafted five picks later when the Buffalo Bills picked him out of California.

And both players will meet on Sunday. The Seahawks are favorites in the game but the Vikings have the opportunity to put up a fight with Peterson in the backfield.

It will be interesting to see which of the two has a better game, but every minute will be worth watching. What happens when two of the best running backs in the game square off?

We will find out on Sunday.