In the terms of winning a championship, it’s going to have to wait for another year for the Minnesota Vikings. Sunday’s game with Chicago will be the final game of the season after Minnesota was eliminated Saturday by Green Bay.
But that doesn’t mean that Sunday’s game with Chicago will be completely meaningless. There are several single-season and career milestones that could be met by Vikings players. Here of some of the ones to keep an eye on for Sunday’s game:
If Sam Bradford throws for 131 yards, Vikings quarterbacks will have thrown for 4,000 yards. Bradford had 3,627 yards (the other 242 are from the season-opening start Shaun Hill made against Tennessee).
If Bradford throws for 99 yards, he will set a new personal single-season best for yards that he set last year in 14 games with Philadelphia (3,725).
If Bradford can complete more than 70 percent of his passes Sunday, he will set the NFL record for completion percentage in a season. He is currently at 71.3 percent. The current record is 71.2 percent by Drew Brees in 2011. If he doesn’t have a horrible day, he will break the Minnesota franchise record of 69.2 percent set by Daunte Culpepper in 2004.
If Jerick McKinnon runs for 89 yards, he will set a single-season high for rushing yardage. He has 450 yards. His personal high is 538. He has already established a personal high with 40 receptions (his previous high was 27).
If Matt Asiata scores a touchdown, it will give him 20 for his NFL career.
Is Asiata catches one pass, it will give the Vikings six players who caught 30 or more passes for the first time since 2009.
If Adam Thielen gets 40 receiving yards, he will reach the first 1,000-yard receiving season of his career.
If Stefon Diggs gains 97 receiving yards, he will reach 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.
If Thielen and Diggs hit the 1,000-yard mark, it will be the first time since 2000 that the Vikings had two 1,000-yard receivers in the same year.
If Diggs catches four passes to get to 88 on the season, it would be the most receptions in a season for a Vikings since Randy Moss caught 111 in 2003.
If Kyle Rudolph catches a touchdown, he will hold the all-time franchise record for TDs by a tight end. Steve Jordan scored 28 TDs in 178 career games. Rudolph has scored 28 TDs in 79 career games.
If Rudolph catches eight passes, he will set the single-season reception record for a tight end. Rudolph’s 72 receptions are already second all-time for the Vikings and he trails only Joe Senser, who caught 79 passes in 1981.
Barring a minor miracle, Cordarrelle Patterson will win his third kickoff-return average title in three years.
If Patterson gets 56 receiving yards, he will break his single-season receiving high of 469 yards.
If the Vikings allow less fewer than four points in the third quarter, they will have allowed the fewest points in the post-halftime adjustment quarter since 1975. In 1975, the Vikings allowed 25 points in the third quarter. The franchise record is 17 in 1974. The 2016 Vikings have allowed just 27 third-quarter points.
If Kai Forbath scores four points, he will end the season as Minnesota’s leading scorer. He currently has 48 points, trailing his predecessor Blair Walsh by three.
If Xavier Rhodes gets his fifth interception, it will tie for the most picks by a Viking since Darren Sharper had nine interceptions in 2005. Harrison Smith had five picks in 2014.
If Everson Griffen gets two sacks, he will hit double-digit sacks for the third straight season – the three years he has been a full-time starter.
If Griffen gets two sacks, it will give him 50 for his career.
If Danielle Hunter has a hand in any sacks Sunday, he will have the most sacks in a season by a Viking since Jared Allen had 22 in 2011.
If Hunter gets two sacks, he will pass Alan Page into fourth place on the all-time list of most sacks in the first two seasons as a Viking. Hunter has 18. Page had 19½. The only players with more were Allen (29), Kevin Williams (22½) and Keith Millard (21½).
If Brian Robison gets two sacks, he will tie his personal single-season high of nine.
If Eric Kendricks gets one tackle, he will hit 100 for the first time in his career and most likely will lead the team in tackles for the second straight season.
With six tackles, Linval Joseph will set a single-season career high with 76.
With 10 tackles, Harrison Smith will hit the 500-tackle milestone for his career.
If he gets 10 tackles, Andrew Sendejo will hit the 300-tackle milestone for his career.null