Since Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress began his tenure in Minnesota, the Vikings have boasted the league’s 2nd best rushing attack, rushing for 7,631 yards over 55 games. RB Adrian Peterson has paced this production since his rookie season in 2007, leading the NFL with 3,788 rushing yards and 30 TDs.
But this year the Vikings offensive production has been anything but a 1-man band. The Vikings have displayed an efficient and productive passing offense to pair with their dominating ground attack.
The Vikings rank 8th in passing offense and tied for 7th in passing TDs. And it’s been a dynamic duo for the Vikings that has allowed them to execute this offensive balance.
Peterson and WR Sidney Rice are currently the most dangerous rushing-receiving duo in the NFC and the 2nd-most dangerous in the NFL. Peterson’s 687 rushing yards and Rice’s 545 receiving yards account for 1,232 of the Vikings 2,475 total yards. Only the Bengals duo of WR Chad Ochocinco (573) and RB Cedric Benson (720) has more (1,293).
The past 2 weeks have been especially productive for this duo thanks to Rice’s back-to-back 100-yard days. Against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6 and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7, Rice amassed 312 receiving yards, which is the 5th-highest total in team history for 2 consecutive games. No player in the NFL has more yards over the last weeks.
Peterson, meanwhile, is 2nd in the NFL with his 687 yards rushing and he’s averaging 5.0 yards per carry. The 2-time Pro Bowler is on pace for just under 1,570 yards rushing and 18 TDs.
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