Rice/Peterson Combine To Ravage Ravens and Write Records

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 21, 2009 – 6:59 am

Scott Grams is a member of the Vikings public relations game day staff and he’s put together some information regarding the impressive performances from both RB Adrian Peterson and Sidney Rice from last Sunday’s victory over the Ravens. Our thanks go to Scott for passing the info along.

WR Sidney Rice posted his career-best day against the Ravens on Sunday and teamed with RB Adrian Peterson to etch their names in the Vikings record book. The duo posted a rare 100-yard rushing/100-yard receiving day and both notched 50-yard plays on the afternoon. Rice became only the 4th player in Vikings history to have a pair of 50-yard catches in a game and the 1st to accomplish the feat since 2000.

The Rice/Peterson combo has already made a mark in the Vikings record book with the most scrimmage (rushing/receiving) yards by a RB/WR in 2007 against San Diego when both players were rookies. On Sunday, the duo combined for 342 yards, the 4th-best total in Vikings history. Peterson’s 143 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving on Sunday against Baltimore gave him 166 scrimmage yards for the day to go along with Rice’s 176 through the air. Peterson’s 143 yards on the ground was his 7th-best of his 18 career 100-yard rushing games.

Rice’s 176 yards are his career-high and his 63-yard catch in the 3rd quarter was his career-long. Over the past 17 games, dating back to Monday Night Football against New Orleans on 10/6/08, the Vikings have had 6 games with a 100-yard receiver – 4 by Bernard Berrian, 1 by Visanthe Shiancoe and 1 by Rice. His performance against a traditionally strong Ravens defense was even more impressive. Only 4 other NFL players have had more receiving yards against the Ravens in the history of the team – Jimmy Smith (291), Isaac Bruce (229), Steve Smith (189) and Anquan Boldin (181).

Rice and Peterson combined for their 1st 100/100-yard day, but the Vikings offense has featured a few such feats recently. Peterson and Bernard Berrian pulled it off 3 times in 2008 – vs. Detroit, vs. Houston and vs. Chicago. Combined with Sunday’s effort, the Vikings are 4-0 in games with a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the past 2 seasons.

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4 Responses to “Rice/Peterson Combine To Ravage Ravens and Write Records”

  1. By Fogman on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Sidney Rice is quickly becoming one of the best receivers we’ve had since Carter/Moss/Reed…..This guy NEVER drops a pass that he gets his hands on whether someone is yanking him from behind or in his face……Brett knows this and he is becoming a great target for that quick slant than can bring a quick 6 given the right defensive scheme. Watch out for Sidney Rice for the rest of the season.

  2. By Purple Artist on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikes have a lot to be excited about offensively for the next several years. Harvin is a rookie and Rice and Adrian are in only their 3rd years. Those three haven’t reached their potential. Especially the WRs. Berrian and Shiancoe are in their primes. As long as we have a solid O-line and solid QB play, we can be dangerous for quite some time.

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