Fan balloting for this year’s Pro Bowl is not reflecting it (yet), but Blair Walsh is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season. Among NFC kickers, Walsh ranks 3rd in FGs made (24), 2nd in FG% (92.3%) & 1st in 50+ FG% (5 for 5). Plus, he made a game-tying 55-yarder and game-winning 38-yarder to beat Jaguars in Week 1, and he already holds the Vikings touchback record with 41.
Whether Walsh will surpass San Francisco 49ers K David Akers in Pro Bowl balloting remains to be seen is largely out of Walsh’s control. What we might see very soon and what is in his control, though, is Walsh eclipsing the Vikings rookie scoring record. Randy Moss had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history in 1998, and when all was said and done he set a new Vikings rookie scoring record with 106 points (17 TDs, 2 2-point conversions).
Through 11 games, Walsh is already at 94 points (24 FGs, 22 PATs) and is on pace to finish his rookie season with 137 points. If Walsh maintains his pace, he’ll surpass Moss’ record by 31 points.
That makes you wonder, how long until Walsh’s rookie scoring mark is broken? It looks as if Walsh will be the Vikings kicker for a long time, so it’s unlikely that the team will be relying on another rookie kicker anytime soon (kickers have the best chance to break the scoring mark). As good of a rookie season as Adrian Peterson had (13 TDs), he finished with 78 points. And even if another Randy Moss-type rookie season unfolds, that will come up well short of Walsh’s record.
The Vikings 2012 draft class will go down as one of the best in team history, and Walsh is a big reason why.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Blair Walsh, Randy Moss
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