Vikings Poised To Break Records As Regular Season Concludes

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 2, 2010 – 12:58 pm

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.

26        Indianapolis
21        Minnesota
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)

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)

1.4        Brett Favre, 2009 (7 INTs/500 attempts)
1.4        Brad Johnson, 2005 (4 INTs, 294 attempts)

4        Brad Johnson, 2005 (294 attempts)
6        Rich Gannon, 1991 (354 attempts)
7        Brett Favre, 2009 (500 attempts)
7        Fran Tarkenton, 1973 (274 attempts)

7        2009 (516 attempts)
9        1973 (298 attempts)

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30 Responses to “Vikings Poised To Break Records As Regular Season Concludes”

  1. By Michael Andre on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for all of the great stats and information. I hope the Vikings have an amazing team win and game at home. Happy 2010!

  2. By vikes 1 fan on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings are a good team it just seems like at this time of the year the vikings just start messin up

  3. By Scraaaaazy on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    vikes 1 fan,

    I couldn’t agree more. All those records are nice and all, but a Super Bowl victory it is NOT! Now is the time of year that Favre blows it. I mean, look at his last 6 seasons. He ALWAYS blows it in the end. He thinks he knows what’s best and will change plays just to spite Chilly and end up throwing the Int that ends the season. I hat to say it, but I never wanted Favre in the first place. We did the same thing last year without him. Now, just watch….HE’S GONNA KILL THE VIKINGS SEASON!

  4. By Scraaaaazy on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly is the one who has put together a good team. His only mistake was Favre.

  5. By paul on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Any Super Bowl Championships? That’s all thatmatters!

  6. By Scraaaaazy on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    That’s what I been trying to say, Paul! Where are the Super Bowl Victories? That’s all that matters. I’m sick of hearing about all this pro-bowl hoopla and records and baloney and hooey. If Favre doesn’t win the big one it’s all been a huge waste. AND HISTORY SHOWS THAT FAVRE IS ABOUT TO BLOW IT BIG TIME. HE’S GONNA KILL THE VIKINGS JUST LIKE HE DID TO THE JETS AND PACKERS. IT’S IN HIS DNA, HE CAN’T HELP IT.

  7. By Greg on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    As a LIFE LONG Vikings fan, dating back to Joe Kapp throwing anything but a spiral, I can say I’m thrilled to see Favre here!! Last year there was NO talk about how far we would go in the playoffs…or even one sentence about the chance
    of going to the Super Bowl. Brett is our only hope!! At least this year…he is playing well…not his fault we lost at Chicago. The rest of the team, especially the lines on both sides of the ball look two steps too late! Wake Up…it’s the playoffs!!

  8. By Viking-ology on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Stop blaming Favre!! He is the least of the Vikings issues. He is having a great year, and all he wants to do is win. He has heart, and that can go a long way. Look at Giants over Pats. Lets see how they play tomorrow- then we can talk playoffs

  9. By Greg F on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Our offense line needs to step up and smash some heads in…the NYG will be a good start. I believe the o-line will come out strong and not disappoint.

  10. By Phillip trier on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    The purple curse really need to step it up this game and start of hot and end the game hot . They have been a complete disaappointment in december.
    Hopefully they can get their head out off their … this game .

  11. By Scraaaaazy on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Favre could ruin it all

  12. By Scraaaaazy on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t trust Favre. TJ would be better.

  13. By Scraaaaazy on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Who cares about records, only Super Bowl wins matter. NOTHING ELSE!

  14. By longtime fan on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hey we are in the playoffs, be happy about that, cut out the negativity, have some faith vikes.

  15. By gottarush on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    Scraaaaazy is crazy. Without Favre, our team might be 8-8. It’s your d-backs, o-line, and d-line that aren’t getting it done. Watch Fixing the Vikings on the NFL Channel link. Most people don’t need to be told to know what’s wrong with this team. It’s not last years team; Favre has made it better. As for 07 with the Pack, they were 6-10 without him. The first half of the year, no rushing game. 7-1 on his arm. As for the loss to the Giants – no run game, and Al Harris gets beat 11 times. Favre just threw the last interception. The years before, they were not in contention, but in 06, they won their last four to get their record to 6-10, hardly a fall off for Favre at the end, and on a bad team. Last year, his arm was hurt, or didn’t you hear. Hey Parrot, get your facts straight. It’s a team sport, and we need this guy.

  16. By Stephanie on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    scraaaaazy, what the freak are you talking about? do you remember how Tavaris Jackson played at home last year against the Eagles in the playoffs? yeah, lets put him in instead of Favre when Favre has had the best season of his career and has won several games with his arm when the run was hindered this season. You think Tavaris marches down the field and throws the game-tying TD with 12 seconds left to send it into overtime? that would have won the game if it weren’t for the extra point missed and the AD fumble didn’t help. the O-line has broke down for whatever reason and the defense is playing terrible lately. I hope you eat your words. if Brett’s so bad, then why did his teammates vote him as their offensive mvp? they love him and fight for him. where have you been this season? clearly not watching the Vikings games. maybe you’re a Packer fan in disguise…

  17. By 4vikesfan4 on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    lol. thanks for wasting my time again vikes organization…. type ten minutes and no post. i’ll make sure i waste money on you. no…. really … i will. wink wink.

  18. By adam on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    Stephanie is correct in everything she said, the biggest problem we have right now, is our o-line and the secondary… if brett favre is so bad then go try and find another qb in the nfl who has only thrown 7ints

  19. By moorevikes on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    scraaazy for the love of god say ANYTHING different if i gotta hear one more time about how it’s in his dna (won’t finish the sentence don’t want the 12yr old to report me) anyway i’m starting to believe that it’s in your dna to be a douche. please i’m begging you atleast come up with a new way to repeat the same thing over and over and over or better yet just shut up. thank you

  20. By jim on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    Everybody don’t panic !!!! Alot starts with the offense. If a ball control game plan can be executed it will help all phases. Spread the opposing defenses out,we do have how many players with 40 receptions, throw deep some just to keep the defense honest, this will in turn help AP and Chester. Go Vikes from Illinois !!!!!

  21. By 4everpurple on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    Well said gottarush !!!It’s a team game, and Favre has been a heck of a ride ! I also remember the wounded ducks that Kapp used to toss and have been through all the lean times and SB losses. This is as close as we have been in a long time ! And by the way…… Favre has a ring….how many do we have ?

  22. By PAVikesFan on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    In order for us to do anything legitimate in the playoffs, we have to cover up our deficiencies. We have many. Our pa-ss coverage is not good, we know that. But, to cancel that out, we must get a consistent pa-ss rush. The key for me has been Ray Edwards, even though I’ve been hyper-critical of Jared Allen lately. But, if we could get a rush from his oppostie side, then that makes our defense that much better and the offense has to think of sending extra blockers to his side, thus possibly freeing up Jared Allen. I need to see Jasper Brinkley do some things too. He’s been a weak link since replacing EJ, though no one can really replace EJ. It’s a tough spot, but DC Leslie Frazier has to do his best to not put him in a bad position. And we all know our o-line has got to man up, get nasty this week. Go and watch tape of the ‘Hogs back in the early ’90’s, something, anything to get fir-ed up. I want to see how we play in the first quarter today, that will be an indication of if our guys are mentally prepared. They cant overlook this Giants team, just b/c they mailed it in last week. There alumni has been calling them out and they are going to respond, it’s about pride, which they have. What kind of play-calling are we going to have the first series?…I know we have to get back to running a bit more, but, the other teams know that, so dont play into their hands and do like we did last week, run on first down for a loss of 1, run on 2nd down for no gain. You’re playing right into their hands. Make it hard for the defense. Play-action on first down, right out of the gate. How bout more screens?..We’ve executed some good screens this year, especially if their pa-ss rush is getting to #4, invite their rush and use it against them, u can bu-rn teams with a good screen, that’s what happened vs. us last year in the playoffs, remember??

  23. By nate on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    Its an O-line problem, not Favre. We all know that a beat up offensive line cannot properly protect the Q-back. He is the lifeblood of the team. If he takes hit after hit and is forced to play in a collapsing pocket we will take losses.

  24. By nate on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    P.S. I agree with Jim. We need to use more deep pass plays.

  25. By john on Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

    Go Brett! It takes the WHOLE TEAM! Who can’t be critical of anything? The Vikies will get it together! Why be so negative?

  26. By Ed Brinton on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Fellow Viking Fans and Players! I say go for it!!! I believe in this team more than I ever have believed! I’m a lifer. Since 1970, just old enough to get it, I liked the Purple People Eaters!

    So, all we need is 3 more wins! Take each game slow and tough. Don’t let things get out of control. Think WIN WIN WIN! You got what it takes! I know you do! So, GO FOR IT! Go VIKES!

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