2009 Vikings: Inside the Numbers

It’s an annual ritual of mine to comb over the Vikings statistics at season’s end (yes, I need a life). Here are few things that caught my eye…


We all know Brett Favre had an amazing season. His 4, 202 yards were just 10 yards short of his career high set in 1998. The 40-year-old’s 33 TD passes were his most since 1997 (35) and his career high 107.2 QB rating easily topped his former best - 99.5 in 1995. His 363 completions marked the second highest total in his career and the future Hall of Famer’s 68.4 competition percentage was another career high. If the Silver Fox returns for a 20th season this fall (please, please, please) he will reach two amazing career milestones: Favre needs just 671 passing yards to reach 70,000 and 3 TD passes to make it an even 500.


Sidney Rice benefited the most by Favre’s arrival. After catching just 46 passes for 537 yards in his first two seasons, Rice snared 83 of Favre’s bullets in ‘09 and finished 4th in the NFL with 1,312 receiving yards. That total was the Vikings highest since Randy Moss set a team record with 1,632 back in 2003. Speaking of Moss, the former Viking also finished the season with 83 receptions, but compiled 48 yards less than Rice. Rice also finished 5th in the league with 19 receptions of 20 yards or more. Moss was next with 18.


Despite a late season slump, Adrian Peterson still finished 5th in the NFL with 1,383 yards and led everyone with 18 rushing TDs. Those 18 trips to the end zone were the second highest in team history behind Chuck Foreman’s 22 (13 rushing, 9 receiving) in 1975. AP’s 4,484 career yards already place him 5th on the team’s all time list. He is just 1,404 yards from 2nd place. Peterson’s 40 rushing TDs are 3rd in franchise history, Chuck Foreman and Bill Brown share the lead with 52.

Visanthe Shiancoe’s 11 TD receptions set a franchise record for tight ends and ranked 9th in team history. Only a couple of guys named Moss and Carter hauled in more TD’s in a single season for the Purple. Percy Harvin’s 1,156 kick return yards ranked 9th in the NFL and his 27.5 average tied for 3rd. He also became the first Viking to return two kicks for a TD in a season. Jared Allen’s 14.5 sacks led the NFC and were 2nd in the NFL. Allen has 29 sacks in 32 games as a Viking.

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