There are many reasons why the Vikings were able to construct the most successful single-season turnaround in franchise history this season, going from 3 wins in 2011 to 10 wins in 2012. A 4-0 record over the final quarter of the regular season was a big reason, and that strong finish would not have been realized without the effots of Adrian Peterson and Blair Walsh.
The NFL put the pieces together quite well today, naming Peterson as the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month for December and naming Walsh as the Special Teams Player of the Month for December.
During the month of December, Peterson led the League with 135 carries and had an NFL record for rushing yards in a month with 861. He was also tied for 3rd with 5 rushing TDs. The 6th-year player out of Oklahoma eclipsed the 200-yard mark 2 times while setting a new career long rush of 82 yards on 2 separate occasions during the month. Remarkably, this is the first time Peterson has won a player of the month award. He is the first Viking to receive the offensive award since Brett Favre in November of 2009. Along with this honor, Peterson has been named the NFC Player of the Week 2 times in 2012, Week 7 and Week 14.
Walsh, a rookie out of Georgia who was named to the Pro Bowl, connected on 11 of 12 field goals (91.7%) and was a perfect 14 of 14 on PATs over the month of December. His FGs included a perfect 5 of 5 from 50+ yards, as he set an NFL single-season record in 2012 with 10 field goals from that range. Walsh kicked the Vikings into the playoffs in last week’s win over Green Bay, converting a 29-yard attempt as time expired. His 3 field goals from 50+ at St. Louis on 12/16/12 also set a new single-game NFL record. Walsh tied a team-record 56-yard field goal against the Houston Texans on 12/23/12. He also finished tied for 2nd in the NFC with 12 kickoff touchbacks in the month of December. His 47 points over the month ranks 3rd in the NFL.
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