Vikings QB Brett Favre has a history of leaning on his TEs, and he hasn’t deviated from that style since joining the Vikings. The primary beneficiary of that is Visanthe Shiancoe, who has continued his ascending Vikings career in 2009 and has become one of Favre’s most reliable targets near the endzone.
In Shiancoe’s 1st season as a Viking, he caught just 1 TD pass. But last year he began to hit his stride in the Vikings offense and posted career-high numbers with 42 receptions for 596 yards and 7 TDs. This year, with Favre under center, Shiancoe is on pace to top his reception and TD totals from 2008 and establish new career highs.
While Shiancoe’s reception and TD numbers look to be on the rise, you’ll notice that he is on pace for fewer receiving yards this year than he had in 2008. But with that downturn in production comes an even bigger upside – production in the red zone.
Red zone scoring is crucial to team success, and Shiancoe has been one of the NFL’s most productive players in the red zone this season. He leads all NFL players in red zone TDs with 6 and is tied for 4th in red zone receptions with 6.
Shiancoe scored another TD on Sunday against Green Bay, giving him 6 on the year and ranking him in a tie for 2nd in the NFL with Miles Austin and Reggie Wayne. He’s on pace to score 12 TDs this season, a total that would break the franchise record for TDs by a TE in a season (8- Joe Senser) and would also give him 23 for his career.
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