Re: "and Adrian Peterson had to deal with 8 man boxes all the time because of Ponder"
this is misleading as are a lot of PFF write ups...what they SHOULD have done is given us the stats that RBs faced in the box 2 or more wide WHEN THEY RAN THE BALL.
instead they gave us what the D showed on all plays, run or pass...meaning that RBs who DON'T play on 3rd down have a HUGE advantage...
I haven't really looked into it, but I am guessing that the majority of runners at the top of the list are not 3rd down backs while the runners at the bottom of the list (Demarco, AD, McFadden, etc) ARE every down down backs...
so every time it is 3rd and long and the offense goes 3 wide and is going to pass no matter what the D will obviously not load the box but if AD is in there they are pointing out
just show us what they faced when they ran the ball...that will give a much more clear picture