It was right around this time last year – December 14 actually – that the Vikings traveled to Arizona for a late-season NFC clash against the Cardinals in the desert.
So as we sit around downtown Phoenix in our hotel and wait for the buses to depart and take us to Glendale, now seems like an appropriate time to compare the 2009 Vikings to the 2008 Vikings through the season’s first 11 games.
Last season on the morning of their Week 13 game, the Vikings were 6-5 and in the middle of a 3-team battle for the NFC North division title. Gus Frerotte was the starting QB, E.J. Henderson was out for the season, Percy Harvin was a Florida Gator and Brett Favre was in the AFC.
Things are a bit different in 2009. Favre is having an MVP-caliber season, the Vikings defense is hitting its stride, Harvin is making a case for rookie of the year honors and the Vikings have run away with the division title.
Here are a few more statistical comparisons between the 2008 Vikings and the 2009 Vikings with 11 games in the books…
– The Vikings have 40 more 1st downs this year than they had at the 11-game mark in 2008.
— Minnesota has scored 15 more TDs after 11 games in 2009 compared to 2008 and has given up 4 fewer on defense.
— The Vikings have passed for 851 more yards after 11 games in 2009 compared to this point in 2008.
— The Vikings have gained 755 more total yards of offense than they had at this point last season.
— At this time last year, the Vikings ranked 23rd in the NFL in 3rd-down conversions. Currently the team ranks 2nd in 2009.
Tags: E.J. Henderson, Percy Harvin
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