Part of the reason – a big part of the reason – for the NFL’s popularity on America’s sports landscape is its unpredictable nature. From season-to-season and even from week-to-week, no knows what to expect. Look no further than the Vikings for a perfect illustration of that point – they were 12-4 last season but are struggling at 3-6 with a similar lineup this season.
But whatever makes the NFL unpredictable and so apt to change has not impacted Vikings G Steve Hutchinson. Year-after-year, Hutchinson is at the top of his game and the numbers support that assertion. Adrian Peterson is 92 yards from 1,000 rushing yards this season, and when he reaches that total it’ll mark the 10th consecutive season Hutchinson has blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher.
While 1,000 yards rushing might not be the standard by which NFL RBs are measured anymore, the streak Hutchinson has going is impressive nonetheless, especially when you look at the rushing performances the Vikings have recorded since Hutchinson signed with the Vikings in 2006. The Vikings have had one of the best running attacks in the NFL since that point, rushing for 9,802 yards over the past 73 regular season games. The Vikings 134.3 yards per game average ranks 5th in the NFL during that span.
Pro Bowl voting is underway and we’ve been promoting both LB Chad Greenway and P Chris Kluwe this year because they’ve never earned an all-star nod and they deserve consideration this year. Hutchinson, though, has 7 Pro Bowls to his name and through 8 games this year it’s clear to me he deserves another one.
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