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A Few Friday Fun Facts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 5, 2010 – 12:06 pm

A few fun facts on a Friday afternoon…

– QB Brett Favre is the only player in NFL history to have over 10,000 career passing attempts. Favre has thrown 10,022 times.
— WR Percy Harvin went over the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time this season and the second
time in his career when he finished with 104 receiving yards at New England last week. Harvin leads the Vikings with 393 receiving yards on the year.
— Harvin is the first Vikings player to reach 1,000 combined net yards in the first 7 games, twice in a career (2009, 2010).
— With his start at New England last week, LB E.J. Henderson became only the 8th LB in Vikings history to play in 100 games.
— QB Tarvaris Jackson’s 33-yard run at New England was the longest of his career and the 7th-longest by a Vikings QB.
— P Chris Kluwe ranks 1st in the NFC and 2nd in the NFL with a net punting average of 41.7 yards. Kluwe’s previous net high for a single season was 37.8 yards in 2009.
— RB Adrian Peterson has 2 of the top 8 rushing performances in 2010. Peterson’s 160 yards against Detroit are the 5th-most this year and his 145 against Miami are tied for the 8th-most.
— Peterson leads the league with 776 rushing yards through the first 7 games.
— Peterson’s 6 rushing TDs on the year are tied for 3rd in the NFL.


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Cast Your Pro Bowl Votes

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 5, 2010 – 8:12 am

We went to the polls to elect political leaders this past week. But your voting opportunities don’t stop there.

Fan voting for this year’s Pro Bowl has begun and you can cast your votes by clicking here.

Last year Vikings fans came out in droves and as a result the Purple had 10 players selected to the all-star game. While the team results haven’t been ideal to this point, the Vikings have individuals playing at a high level and their worthy of your vote. A few examples include the NFL’s leading rusher – Adrian Peterson – and the NFL’s leading tackler for LBs – Chad Greenway. I would argue Percy Harvin is certainly worthy as well.

Make sure to click that link above and vote for whoever you think deserves to play in this year’s Pro Bowl.


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Vikings-Cardinals Subplots

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 5, 2010 – 6:06 am

The main storyline of this Sunday’s Vikings-Cardinals matchup is that a pair of 2009 playoff teams with losing records will meet at Mall of America Field to try and get their season back on the winning track. Both Minnesota and Arizona won their respective divisions last year and both teams also won a playoff game. Clearly, both teams are not in the same form through 7 games this season, but on Sunday one of them will notch another win and get their season moving in the right direction.

There are several other smaller storylines to keep an eye on this Sunday. Let’s go over a few of them…

– If the Vikings win, it will be the team’s 17th win in the last 20 regular season games at Mall of America Field. The Vikings are 16-3 at home since the beginning of the 2008 season and 10-1 since 2009, including 8-0 last year.

– If the Vikings win, it will be head coach Brad Childress’ 40th team victory (including playoff s).

– With 73 receiving yards, TE Visanthe Shiancoe can move into 3rd place in team history for the most career receiving yards by a TE. Shiancoe’s 1,750 receiving yards trail Joe Senser’s 1,822.

– RB Adrian Peterson needs 1 TD to move into 9th place in NFL history for the most rushing TDs in the first 4 NFL seasons. Peterson is currently tied for 10th with 46 career TDs and trails Larry Johnson’s (2003-06) 47. Peterson also needs just 57 rushing yards to move into 9th place in NFL history for the most rushing yards in the first 4 seasons. Peterson has 5,260 rushing yards and trails Walter Payton’s (1975-78) 5,316 for 9th and Eddie George’s (1996-99) 5,365 for 8th.


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