Thanks to Vikings Assistant Director of Public Relations Tom West for the following blog entry…
The Vikings successful 2009 regular season will wrap up with a Sunday noon contest against the NY Giants, with several players poised to leave their marks on the Vikings record book. The Vikings can post only the 3rd perfect home mark in a 16-game season in 2009, joining the 1989 and 1998 Vikings that went 8-0 in front of the home crowd – both of those squads won the NFC Central.
The Vikings enter Sunday’s action tied for the 2nd-most wins in the NFL over the past 2 seasons with 21, matching the 21 wins of New England and trailing only the 26 victories that Indianapolis has posted. The Vikings, Arizona and San Diego are the only teams in the NFL to win their division titles in back-to-back seasons in 2008 and 2009.
Rookie phenom Percy Harvin can break the record held by Herschel Walker (rushing/receiving/returns) – Harvin has 2,000 yards to this point with (1,156 kickoff returns, 731 receiving, 113 rushing), trailing Walker’s 2,051 in 1990 (770 rushing, 315 receiving and 966 returns). A big game against the Giants could place Harvin among the NFL’s all-time rookie yardage leaders and some elite company – Tim Brown (2,317 yards in 1988 with the Raiders), Gale Sayers (2,272 yards in 1965 with the Bears) and Maurice Jones-Drew (2,250 yards in 2006 with the Jaguars). With only 22 yards on Sunday, Harvin can break the Vikings rookie yardage record held by teammate Adrian Peterson (2,021 yards in 2007).
Speaking of Peterson, if he can find the endzone on Sunday he will have sole possession of the 2nd-most TDs in a season by a Viking. His 17 scores (all rushing) are tied for the 2nd-most in team history with Cris Carter and Randy Moss, all trailing Chuck Foreman’s remarkable 22 TDs in 1975 (13 rushing, 9 receiving).
Brett Favre already has a career-low 7 INTs on the season and can set a new team record for lowest INT percentage (number of INTs compared to attempts). Favre’s ball security with only 7 picks in 500 attempts has been a huge part of the Vikings success in 2009. The veteran gunslinger’s previous low for INTs in a season was 13, set in 1995 and 1996. Favre already has a new Vikings record for the most games in a season not throwing an INT with 9, boasting an 8-1 record in those games.
MOST WINS IN THE NFL- 2008-2009
21 New England
TOTAL YARDS BY A VIKING (rushing, receiving, returns)
2,051 Herschel Walker, 1990 (770 rushing, 315 receiving, 966 returns)
2,021 Adrian Peterson, 2007 (1,341 rushing, 412 receiving, 268 returns)
2,000 Percy Harvin, 2009 (113 rushing, 731 receiving, 1,156 returns)
TOTAL TDs BY A VIKING
22 Chuck Foreman, 1975 (13 rushing, 9 receiving)
17 Adrian Peterson, 2009 (17 rushing, 0 receving)
17 Randy Moss, 2003 (0 rushing, 17 receiving)
17 Randy Moss, 1998 (0 rushing, 17 receiving)
17 Cris Carter, 1995 (0 rushing, 17 receiving)
LOWEST INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE BY VIKINGS
1.4 Brett Favre, 2009 (7 INTs/500 attempts)
1.4 Brad Johnson, 2005 (4 INTs, 294 attempts)
FEWEST INTERCEPTIONS THROWN BY VIKINGS
4 Brad Johnson, 2005 (294 attempts)
6 Rich Gannon, 1991 (354 attempts)
7 Brett Favre, 2009 (500 attempts)
7 Fran Tarkenton, 1973 (274 attempts)
FEWEST INTERCEPTIONS THROWN BY VIKINGS TEAM
7 2009 (516 attempts)
9 1973 (298 attempts)
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