Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen are both going after records. Peterson could finish Saturday as the Vikings' all-time rushing leader and Allen needs a strong game to be in the line for the single-season sack record.
The Vikings team record is the talk of the NFL right now, with the potential existing that they could land the No. 1 overall draft pick, but it will be individual records that the Vikings will be looking at today when they meet the Washington Redskins
is five sacks away from the all-time single-season record held by Michael Strahan, but, despite already posting a career high in sacks, he trails Jason Babin
of the Eagles by a half-sack. Babin has 18 sacks, six coming in the last two games.
will be looking to set a couple of milestones today. He is just 68 yards from his fifth straight 1,000-yard rushing season. He is also 102 yards shy of the all-time franchise record held by Robert Smith. It was clear immediately that Peterson was the greatest running back in franchise history. Locking down that record in less than five seasons would be a testament to that dominance.
The Vikings and Redskins may not have anything to play for, but, for Allen and Peterson, re-writing the record books will depend on their performances today.
VIKINGS-REDSKINS BY THE NUMBERS
The Vikings have the 18th-ranked offense (4th rushing, 28th passing) and are tied for 24th on defense (10th rushing, 30th passing). Washington has the 16th-ranked offense (29th rushing, 14th passing) and the 12th-ranked defense 15th rushing 13th passing).
The Vikings are averaging 328 yards a game (185 passing, 143 rushing). The Redskins are averaging 330 yards a game (234 passing, 96 rushing).
Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 366 yards a game 260 passing, 106 rushing). Washington is allowing 333 yards a game (221 passing, 112 rushing).
The Vikings are first in the league in average per rushing attempt (5.2 yards).
The Vikings offense is 29th in sacks allowed per pass play.
The Vikings are 12th in third-down offense, converting 76 of 190 opportunities (40 percent). The Redskins are 15th, converting 72 of 193 (37.3 percent). The league average is 38 percent.
Defensively, the Vikings are 30th on third downs, allowing teams to convert 84 of 185 chances (45.4 percent). Washington is 16th, allowing teams to convert 37 percent (68 of 184).
The Vikings lead the league in kick return average with 27.8 yards per return.
The Vikings are last in interceptions per pass play on defense and haven't had a pick in nine games.
The Vikings have allowed more points (406) than any team in the league.
The Redskins are 30th in interceptions thrown by the offense (22).
The Vikings are 23rd in giveaway/takeaway ratio at minus-5 (23 giveaways, 18 takeaways). The Redskins are dead last at minus-13 (32 giveaways, 19 takeaways).
The Vikings are ninth in red zone offense, scoring touchdowns on 25 of 44 opponent drives (56.8 percent). The Redskins are 27th at 43.2 percent (19 TDs in 44 possessions).
The Vikings are is 16th in red zone defense, allowing touchdowns on 27 of 51 possessions (52.9 percent). The Redskins are second, allowing TDs on 39.1 percent of drives (18 of 46).
Christian Ponder and Rex Grossman both have one 300-yard passing game. The Vikings have allowed four 300-yard passing games, while Washington has allowed just one.
No player for either team has more than one 100-yard receiving game. The Vikings have two – one from Percy Harvin and one from Michael Jenkins. The Redskins have four – one each from Jabar Gaffney, Roy Helu, Fred Davis and Leonard Hankerson.
The Vikings have allowed seven 100-yard receiving games, while Washington has allowed four.
Both teams have four 100-yard rushing games. The Vikings have three from Adrian Peterson and one from Joe Webb. The Redskins have three from Helu and one from Ryan Torain.
The Vikings have allowed two 100-yard rushers, while Washington has allowed five.
Ponder is the 29th-ranked quarterback in passer rating at 72.3. Grossman is 30th at 71.4.
After missing three games, Peterson has dropped to 17th in rushing with 932 yards. Helu is tied for 25th with 635 yards.
Harvin is tied for ninth in the league in receptions with 72. Suspended Fred Davis leads the Redskins with 59 receptions, which ties him for 31st in the league.
Harvin is 30th in the league in receiving yards with 787.
Peterson is tied for fifth in scoring among non-kickers with 72 points (12 touchdowns).
Ryan Longwell is 23rd in scoring among kickers with 88 points. Graham Gano is tied for 14th with 100 points.
Jared Allen is second in the league with 17.5 sacks. After battling DeMarcus Ware for first place all season, Ware has dropped to third with 16 sacks and Philadelphia's Jason Babin has taken over the lead with 18 sacks.
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.