BY MATT DOYLE World Sports Writer
Sunday, December 30, 2012
12/30/12 at 6:42 AM
Chuckstrong: The feel-good story of the NFL season gets a little better Sunday. Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano returns to the sidelines after missing the previous 12 games dealing with leukemia. The disease is in remission, and Pagano's team has used his battle as a rallying point to post a 10-5 record and earn an AFC wild card playoff spot.
Two-grand men: Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson both have their sights set on 2,000 yards. Peterson, the Minnesota running back, needs 102 yards rushing against Green Bay to reach 2,000 yards and 208 to set the single-season NFL rushing record. Johnson, the Detroit wide receiver, set the single-season NFL receiving yardage record last week but needs 108 yards against Chicago to reach 2,000.
Change is coming: The regular season ends Sunday and the annual Black Monday of head coaching dismissals could be especially dark this year. It's anticipated that at least six and maybe upwards of 10 head coaches will be relieved of their duties.
Charlie Johnson, Vikings LG: The former Oklahoma State player is part of the unsung group that has helped Adrian Peterson's pursuit of history. Johnson and his other four Viking starting offensive linemen have started all 15 games this season.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson needs 102 yards rushing Sunday to reach 2,000 on the season. SETH PERLMAN/Associated Press