Jared Allen continues his assault on the single-season record for sacks. He recorded one sack Monday, giving him 13.5 for the season. He is 3.5 sacks away from reaching the 100-sack career milestone and sits nine sacks behind the record of 22.5 set by Michael Strahan in 2001.
Allen has a sack in 11 straight games, which is a team record, and has a sack in 17 of the last 18 games he has played. While the Vikings won't be making a playoff run, Allen will be making his run at history.
So will Adrian Peterson. He has 846 rushing yards and is on pace for the second 1,500-yard season of his career. With 154 yards, he will post his fifth straight 1,000-yard season and he needs just 372 yards to top the 7,000-yard mark in his first five seasons.
Peterson also has scored 65 touchdowns, having scored his 10th rushing touchdown Monday, making it the fifth time he has scored 10 or more rushing TDs in his five-year career. He is currently on pace to score 20 touchdowns, which would break his personal best and franchise-tying best of 18 touchdowns.
While the Vikings' 2011 season has been a big disappointment, there are still things for fans to maintain their interest, as two of their top stars chase down the team and NFL record book.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.