The Seahawks will have a tough chore Sunday in trying to contain the NFL's leading rusher, Adrian Peterson.

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Seattle’s game at Minnesota Sunday features one of the more intriguing matchups of the NFL season — a Seahawks’ defense that ranks fifth against the run against Adrian Peterson, the leading rusher in the NFL.

Peterson has 1,164 yards and has rushed for 100 or more yards six times in 11 games and 98 in another.

The Seahawks, meanwhile, have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season — the last opponent to top the century mark against them is Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles with 159 on Nov. 16, 2014. The most against Seattle this year is 95 by Green Bay’s James Starks in week two.

But other than Carolina, which also gets a lot of its rushing from quarterback Cam Newton, no Seattle opponent this year will be as committed to running the ball as the Vikings — Peterson’s 237 attempts are 26 more than any other player in the NFL.

Seattle shut down Peterson pretty well the last time it played against him, holding him to 65 yards on 21 carries in 2013.

But Peterson also had had 182 yards on 17 carries against the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in 2012 — no other running back has had more against the Seahawks since then.

Peterson had a 74-yard run on the second play of the game and 143 on 11 carries at halftime before the Seahawks were able to gain control of both Peterson and the game in the second half en route to a 30-20 win.

Asked about that game in a conference call with Seattle reporters today, Peterson recalled first the long run, which set up a touchdown.

“Well the first thing that came to mind when you said that was our outside stretch play,” Peterson said. “I remember hitting it up the sideline, and I think everyone thought I was getting tackled because everyone was pursuing towards their sideline, and I cut it back across the field. Then I think I got tackled on like the 1-yard line. So I remember looking up at the jumbotron and cutting right into [Brandon Browner]. Instead of veering off to the right I veered to the left and right into him and he tackled me on the 1-yard line.”

Much of Seattle’s defense remains from that game, and Peterson said he is anticipating a tough battle on Sunday.

“Well these guys have been to the Super Bowl the last two years and they have eight guys that played that are still on the team,” he said. “So it’s a team that’s similar. They play fast, they play aggressive, they’ve got Pro Bowl caliber players on all levels. So it’s going to be a nice challenge for us and I’m looking forward to playing against a good defense.”

Peterson missed all but one game in 2014 after being suspended when he plead no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month on what the league called “an incident of abusive discipline” toward his 4-year-old son.

Peterson gave an interesting response when asked what he learned from sitting out all but one game last season.

“Well, I stayed prayed up, that helped me get through it,” Peterson said. “But actually I really enjoyed it to be honest with you. I kind of got a sense of what it would be like if I was retired. Being around my kids and being able to take my kids to school and pick them up from school. Not waking up at 8 o’clock every day, 7 o’clock every day to get ready for work. I enjoyed it, I like to sleep in. So it kind of was like, ‘man, I could get used to this.’ It was tough kind of seeing the guys struggle when I watched. But outside of that, I enjoyed being around my family and being home. And I wasn’t cold because I was back down in Texas. But, what I learned, I learned a lot. One thing I definitely learned was always keep your trust in God, and don’t put your trust in men. Because men, we’re flesh, and we’ll turn on you just like that, like quick. To do what works in our best interest or make decisions based off of opinions of someone or a situation. So just keeping trust in God, that’s the biggest thing I learned.”