Statistically Speaking: Where Moss Ranks In Vikings History

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 7, 2010 – 6:51 am

By the time Randy Moss was traded away from the Vikings in February of 2005, his name was etched in the Vikings record books. Fortunately, that etching was not in stone because Moss has returned to the club that drafted him in 1998 and now he’s poised to add to his already-accomplished Vikings career and resume.

Let’s take a look at where Moss ranks in the record books…

– Moss was selected by the Vikings with the 21st overall pick in the 1998 draft and it took him no time to make an impact. In his 1st regular season game as a Viking, Moss had 4 receptions for 95 yards and 2 TDs. He went on to have a record-breaking rookie campaign, hauling in 69 receptions for 1,313 yards and 17 TDs, all franchise rookie records. He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

– Among Vikings WRs, only Cris Carter ranks ahead of Moss in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs. Moss has 574 receptions as a Viking for 9,142 yards and 90 TDs. Carter had 1,004 receptions with Minnesota, so Moss has a long way to go to catch him in that category. But Moss is 20 TDs and 3,241 receiving yards behind Carter.

– Moss posted the top 3 single-season receiving yardage marks in team history – 1,632 in 2003, 1,437 in 2000 and 1,413 in 1999. His 204 receiving yards against the Chicago Bears in November of 1999 ranks as the 2nd-best single-game performance in club history behind Sammy White’s 210 yards against the Lions in November of 1976.

– No Vikings WR has more 100-yard receiving games than Moss. He has 41 so far in his Vikings career, 1 ahead of Carter’s 40.

– Moss is the Vikings 4th all-time leading scorer with 552 career points, behind Fred Cox (1,365), Carter (670) and Fuad Reveiz (598).

– No player has led the Vikings in receiving yards for more seasons than Moss. He’s done it 6 times (1998-2003), with his best campaign coming in 2003 when he recorded 1,632 yards on 111 receptions; he also had 17 TDs. The reception and receiving yardage totals were career highs for him that year and the TD reception mark ties his career high.

– Moss and Carter share the team record for most TDs in a season with 17 (Moss in 1998 and 2003, Carter in 1995) and they also share the franchise record for most consecutive games with a TD catch (7 – Moss in 1998 and Carter in 1999).

– Carter has the franchise’s top 2 single-season reception totals, but Moss has the #3 and #4 efforts of all-time. In 1994 and 1995 Carter had 122 receptions, while Moss put together a fine stretch of back-to-back seasons with 106 grabs in 2002 and 111 in 2003.

– Moss recorded 8 100-yard receiving games in 2000 and 2003 and he registered 7 such games in 1999 and 2002. Carter did it 6 times in 2000.

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5 Responses to “Statistically Speaking: Where Moss Ranks In Vikings History”

  1. By FreddieBaby on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply


    I listen to you on KFAN with PA all of the time. I have a question for you regarding Randy’s statistics as a Viking. Is there an easy way to break down what he did against Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit when he was here on his previous stint? Knowing those answers would make for great ammunition on various message boards when a strong retort is needed when those other teams’ fans diss the Vikings for bringing Randy back. Can you help me out with that? I bet you other fans would be interested in knowing those stats too.


  2. By RussND on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Randy Moss is by far the best WR in the NFL…EVER! Yes! I am a die hard Viking fan and I do know football. I have no size but football was in my blood from day one. I’ve never been more amazed in the way he caught the ball! That said “He ran like a deer” and no one surpassed him!
    AWESOME! and welcome BACK!
    GO Vikings!

  3. By Pat the Viking on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    WE want MOSS to get atleast 24 TD rec this year and set ALL new records year after year !!!

  4. By sigg07 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    First I would like to say welcome back Mr Moss . YOU made my list of Viking favs from your first year in minny . You were SPECTACULAR. Now its time to do the unbelievable. Ive been a fan ever since Tarkenton,Foreman &Rashad. NOW its FARVE ,PETERSON,&MOSS .I do BELIEVE that 2010 is the year for PURPLE MAYHEM. GO VIKES WIN WIN WIN.

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