Many players who have been a part of the of the Minnesota Vikings offense through the years have had spectacular statistical seasons. Since, for the average fan, it is difficult to measure how good a season a lineman has had, here we take a look at the "skill" positions on offense. Statistics, honors such as being named to the Pro Bowl, and the team's overall success during the season were considered. Also, since some players, such as Adrian Peterson, have had a number of great seasons, this article includes only one season for a player.
Here are the top ten:
10) Tommy Kramer, QB, 1981: The second-best quarterback in Vikings'
history completed 322 passes in 593 attempts for 3,912 yards, and tossed 26
touchdowns, his career high.
9) Anthony Carter, WR, 1988: A.C. caught 72 balls for 1,225 yards, both
career highs, for a 17 yard per catch average. He scored 6 touchdowns.
8) Sammy White, WR, 1976: One of the few rookies ever to start for coach
Bud Grant, White had 51 receptions for 906 yards, a 17.8 yard per catch
average, and scored 10 touchdowns on his way to the Pro Bowl.
7) Ahmad Rashad, WR, 1979: Catching 80 balls for 1,156 yards and 9
touchdowns, all career highs, Rashad was named to the Pro Bowl.
6) Fran Tarkenton, QB, 1975: Named the NFL's Most Valuable Player during
this season, Tarkenton completed 273 passes in 475 attempts, a 64.2% completion
rate. He threw for 2,994 yards and 25 touchdowns, and scored two rushing
touchdowns as well.
5) Bill Brown, RB, 1964: Rushing for a career high 866 yards on 226
carries Brown scored 7 touchdowns on the ground while being named to the Pro
Bowl. He also caught 48 passes for 703 yards, a 14.6 yard average, pretty good
for a running back, as well as taking 9 in for scores, giving him 16 total
touchdowns in a 14 game season.
4) Randy Moss, WR, 2003: With 111 receptions for 1,632 yards, both
career highs, Moss averaged 14.7 yards per catch and scored 17 touchdowns while
being selected to the Pro Bowl.
3) Cris Carter, WR, 1995: The Vikings' all-time best receiver caught 122
passes for 1,371 yards and 17 touchdowns, all career highs. This season
included one of his nine Pro Bowls.
2) Chuck Foreman, RB, 1975: Scoring 13 touchdowns while rushing for
1,070 yards on 280 carries, Foreman also caught 73 passes for 691 yards and
another 9 scores, giving him 22 total touchdowns in a 14 game season. He was
named first team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl.
1) Adrian Peterson, RB, 2012: On 348 carries Peterson ran through, over,
around, and past defenders on his way to 2,097 yards, second best in NFL
history. Peterson averaged an amazing 6.0 yards per carry and scored 12
touchdowns. He also had 40 receptions and another score while being named to
the Pro Bowl and unanimous first team All-Pro.
source for statistics: www.pro-football-reference.com