If you’re like us, the anxiety is building as kickoff approaches on opening day. To help you burn some time between now and kickoff, here are a few interesting opening-day notes…
Good From The Get-Go
The Vikings historically have been solid on opening day, boasting a 28-22-1 record in 51 season openers prior to today’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The last time the Vikings won on opening day was in 2009, when Adrian Peterson led the Vikings with 3 TDs along the way to a 34-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The Vikings last opened the season at home in 2008 when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 24-3, in a game that featured Peterson’s first career NFL TD.
Opening Day Quarterbacks
Christian Ponder will be the 18th different QB to start on opening day for the Vikings. Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton has the most opening-day starts in Vikings history with 12, and Tarkenton led the Vikings to victory in 6 of those 12 starts.
Best Opening Day Performances
The Vikings have seen prolific performances on opening day, including Percy Harvin’s 103-yard kickoff return against San Diego last season, a team record for season-opening games. The record for passing yards is held by Tommy Kramer with 395 vs. Atlanta in 1980, and the record for rushing yards is held by Peterson, who had 180 yards against the Cleveland Browns in 2009. Ahmad Rashad holds the record for receiving yards on opening day with 160 from Kramer back in 1980, and Keith Millard holds the record for sacks in a season-opener with 3.0 against the Houston Oilers in 1989.
Did You Know?
The Vikings have opened the season against an AFC opponent in 3 of the past 4 seasons.
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