Record-Seekers vs. Chargers

Adrian Peterson set all kinds of record for the Vikings on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, continuing his assault on league and team marks. See the more than dozen entries coming out of Peterson's performance, along with a few other Vikings making their marks.


  • Adrian Peterson set the NFL record for most yards rushing in an NFL game with 296 yards. He beat Jamal Lewis' record from 2003 by one yard and Corey Dillon's 278-yard performance in 2000 by 18 yards. Walter Payton had 275 yards against the Vikings in 1977.

  • Peterson set an NFL record for most 200-yard games rushing in a season by a rookie, becoming the only player in league history to have two such games in his rookie season.

  • Peterson's two 200-yard games rushing in a season ranks tied for fourth place in NFL history. Earl Campbell had four 200-yard games with the Houston Oilers in 1980 and O.J. Simpson (Buffalo, 1973) and Tiki Barber (N.Y. Giants, 2005) each had three 200-yard rushing performances in a season.

  • Peterson's performance broke his own franchise record of 224 yards rushing from Oct. 14 against the Chicago Bears. Before this season, Chuck Foreman held the team record at 200 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

  • Peterson also set a team record for most yards gained in a half with his 253 yards in the second half. Foreman previously held the record with 145 in the second half of his 1976 performance.

  • Peterson now has 1,036 yards rushing in eight games. He is the first Vikings player to reach 1,000 yards in eight games. The previous fastest was Robert Smith, who needed 10 games in the 2000 season. Holding down third place is Chester Taylor at 12 games from 2006.

  • Peterson's 1,036 yards is also a team rookie record for most rushing yards in a season. Foreman previously held the record with 801 from 1973 with Alfred Anderson second with 773 from 1984.

  • Peterson's three rushing touchdowns gave him eight for the season, a Vikings rookie record. He was previously tied with Onterrio Smith (2003), D.J. Dozier (1987) and Fran Tarkenton (1961).

  • Peterson's 1,036 yards are the most rushing yards in franchise history after the first eight games of any season. Robert Smith previously held the record with 786 yards after eight games of the 2000 season.

  • Peterson's 111 yards gained on three touchdown runs give him a season total of 317 yards on eight touchdown rushes, which is a team record for a single season. Robert Smith previously held the record with 244 yards on six touchdowns in 1998.

  • Peterson's 64-yard touchdown run was his fourth of the season of at least 50 yards, which is a team record. Michael Bennett and Robert Smith held the previous record with three from their 2002 (Bennett) and 1997, 1998 and 2000 seasons (Smith).

  • Peterson's 315 yards from scrimmage give him a season total of 1,242 yards, surpassing the previous team record after eight games of any season. Foreman previously held the record with 1,113 yards after eight games in 1976. Peterson's scrimmage total also tied him with Ted Brown for second-fewest games needed to reach 1,000 yards. Foreman holds that record with seven games needed in 1976.

  • Peterson's 315 combined net yards give his a season total of 1,566, more than any other Viking after eight games. Foreman previously held that record with 1,113 in 1976.

  • Peterson's 1,566 combined net yards (1,036 rushing, 206 receiving and 324 returning) is the most in any eight-game span in team history, breaking Foreman's record of 1,180 from Dec. 21, 1975 to Oct. 24, 1976 (747 rushing, 433 receiving).

  • Peterson's seven plays of 50-plus yards ties a team record with Gene Washington (1969) for most in a season. Peterson has four rushes, one reception and two returns of 50 yards or more, while Washington's all came on receptions.

  • Brooks Bollinger's 40-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice was the second-longest TD pass thrown in his career. It was his first touchdown pass since Dec. 26, 2005 as a member of the Jets.

  • The Vikings set a team record with 378 yards rushing in a game. It was only the third time in team history the Vikings have rushed for 300 yards. They had 313 yards against Baltimore on Sept. 13, 1964 and 304 against Chicago on Oct. 17, 1965.

  • Aundrae Allison becomes only the second Vikings player in team history to have two kickoff returns of at least 60 yards in a the same season. Koren Robinson also did that in 2005.

  • Antonio Cromartie becomes the first player in NFL history to have any type of return for 109.

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