Vikings' preseason records

The Vikings had a number of preseason records broken or tied this year, led by rookie Taylor Heinicke.

GAME RECORDS

Taylor Heinicke tied a team record for most pass completions in a preseason game and set the rookie record.

1T) 27 Taylor Heinicke @ Tennessee, 9/3/2015 ®
1T) 27 Steve Dils vs. Baltimore, 8/7/198
1T) 27 Fran Tarkenton vs. Denver, 9/5/1976

• Taylor Heinicke set a team record for most passing attempts (41) without throwing an interception in a preseason game.

1) 0 Taylor Heinicke @ Tennessee, 9/3/2015 (41)
2) 0 Sage Rosenfels @ St. Louis, 8/14/2010 (34)

• Taylor Heinicke’s 279 yards passing is the most by a Vikings rookie in a preseason game.

 

PRESEASON RECORDS

Michael Mauti becomes the first player to block a punt since 1998 in preseason. The last Vikings player to block a punt was Tony Bland @ Carolina, 8/22/1998.

Teddy Bridgewater set a team record in passing completion percentage in preseason (20 Attempts Minimum). 

1) 82.9 Teddy Bridgewater, 2015
2) 73.5 Shaun Hill, 2015
3) 71.7 Rich Gannon, 1992
4) 69.5 Taylor Heinicke, 2015 ®

• Teddy Bridgewater led the NFL in passing completion percentage in preseason (20 Att. Minimum).

1) 82.9 Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota
2) 82.1 Blaine Gabbart, San Francisco
3) 80.5 Ryan Tannehill, Miami

• Taylor Heinicke ranked second in the NFL for passing completion percentage among rookies this preseason (20 Att. Minimum).

1) 70.0 Marcus Mariotta, Tennessee
2) 69.5 Taylor Heinicke, Minnesota
3) 69.2 Brett Hundley, Green Bay

• Taylor Heinicke’s 57 passing completions are a Vikings rookie preseason record and is third-best overall.

1) 73 Fran Tarkenton, 1975
2) 60 Fran Tarkenton, 197
3T)  57 Taylor Heinicke, 2015 ®
3T)  57 Gary Cuozzo, 1970

• Taylor Heinicke’s 57 passing completions led all NFL rookies in the preseason.

1) 57 Taylor Heinicke, Minnesota
2) 45 Brett Hundley, Green Bay
3) 31 Sean Mannion, St. Louis

• Taylor Heinicke’s 516 passing yards ranked second among NFL rookies this preseason.

1) 630 Brett Hundley, Green Bay
2) 516 Taylor Heinicke, Minnesota
3) 334 Garrett Grayson, New Orleans
4) 326 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee
5) 311 Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay

Stefon Diggs' 217 punt return yards for the preseason ranks second all-time in Vikings rookie history.

1) 220 David Palmer, 1995 ®
2) 217 Stefon Diggs, 2015 ®
3) 186 Bob Reed, 1962 ®

• Stefon Diggs finished second in the NFL for punt return yards in the preseason.

1) 223 Kenjon Barner, Philadelphia
2) 217 Stefon Diggs, Minnesota
3) 163 Jarryd Hayne, San Francisco

• Stefon Diggs’ punt return average for the preseason ranks second-best in team history (returns).

1) 27.0 Nate Jacquet, 2001 (6)
2T) 21.7 Stefon Diggs, 2015 (10) ®
2T) 21.7 Leonard Willis, 1976 (6) ®

• Mike Zimmer ties Dennis Green for most preseason wins in first two seasons as Head Coach.

1T) 8-1-0 Dennis Green, 1992-93
1T) 8-1-0 Mike Zimmer, 2014-15
3T) 5-3-0 Jerry Burns, 1986-87
3T) 5-5-0 Bud Grant, 1967-68

• Mike Zimmer has the highest win percentage by a head coach in preseason history.

1) .889 Mike Zimmer, 2014-15
2) .667 Jerry Burns, 1986-91
3) .651 Dennis Green, 1992-2001
4) .650 Van Brocklin, 1961-66
5) .594 Bud Grant, 1967-83, 1985

 


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