Minnesota Vikings record-seekers vs. Panthers

The Minnesota Vikings defense came to play with a couple of career firsts with the special teams and Kyle Rudolph also had big days.

GAME NOTES @ CAROLINA

The Minnesota Vikings improve their record to 8-5 vs. Carolina and 2-2 away.  In the month of September, the Vikings are 3-2 vs. the Panthers. 

The last time the Vikings were 3-0 was 2009.

Before Danielle Hunter recorded his career safety, the last time the Vikings had a safety was Jared Allen vs. Denver, 12/4/2011.  This was the first on the road since 10/5/2003 vs. Atlanta. 

Hunter becomes only the second player in team history to have a safety and fumble returned for a touchdown in the same season.

  • 1 Jared Allen, 2009 (54t)
  • 1 Danielle Hunter, 2016 (24t)

Tom Johnson intercepted his first career pass.  He becomes the 11th defensive tackle to intercept a pass.  He joins Kevin Williams with 5, Keith Millard 2, Tim Newton 2, Henry Thomas 2, Jason Fisk 2, Alan Page 1, Jim Prestel 1, James White 1, Charles Johnson 1, and John Randle with 1.

Everson Griffen tied a team record for most sacks vs. the Panthers in a game.

  • 3 John Randle, 10/12/1997
  • 3 Everson Griffen, 9/25/2016

Trae Waynes becomes the first player to have two consecutive games with an interception since Captain Munnerlyn did so on 10/26/2014 and 11/2/2014.

Harrison Smith tied Antoine Winfield for fourth place all-time for most QB sacks by a defensive back in a career with 6.5.

Kyle Rudolph moved into third place all-time among Vikings tight ends in career receptions.

  1. 498 Steve Jordan, 1982-94
  2. 208 Visanthe Shiancoe, 2007-11
  3. 196 Kyle Rudolph, 2011-16
  4. 192 Jim Kleinsasser, 1999-11

Rudolph moved into third place all-time among franchise tight ends in career yards.

  1. 6,307 Steve Jordan, 1982-94
  2. 2,424 Visanthe Shiancoe, 2007-11
  3. 1,947 Kyle Rudolph, 2011-16
  4. 1,919 Stu Voigt, 1970-80

Rudolph moved into second place tie all-time among Vikings tight ends in career TDs.

  1. 28 Steve Jordan, 1982-94
  2. 24 Kyle Rudolph, 2011-16
  3. 24 Visanthe Shiancoe, 2007-11

Sam Bradford’s passer rating vs. Carolina ranks four-highest in the series history against the Panthers.

  1. 151.1 Daunte Culpepper, 11/19/2000
  2. 120.7 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/30/2007
  3. 102.7 Christian Ponder, 10/30/2011
  4.  93.0 Sam Bradford, 9/25/2016

Marcus Sherels set a team record for longest punt return vs. the Panthers.

  1. 54t Marcus Sherels, 9/25/2016
  2. 34 Darius Reynaud, 12/20/2009

Sherels extended his ongoing team record with a fourth career punt return for a touchdown.

Jeff Locke set a team record for longest punt vs. the Panthers.

  1. 62 Jeff Locke, 9/25/2016
  2. 57 Chris Kluwe, 12/20/2009

Locke’s net punting average vs. Carolina ranks seventh all-time in a game.

  1. 48.2 Mitch Berger vs. Cincinnati, 11/15/1998 (4)
  2. 47.8 Greg Coleman vs. Pittsburgh, 9/21/1986 (4)
  3. 47.5 Chris Kluwe vs. Arizona, 10/9/2011 (4)
  4. 46.4 Greg Coleman vs. New Orleans, 11/24/1985 (5)
  5. 46.0 Jeff Locke @ New Orleans, 9/21/2014 (4)
  6. 46.0 Chris Kluwe vs. Arizona, 11/7/2010 (4)
  7. 45.6 Jeff Locke @ Carolina, 9/25/2016 (7)

 

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