Record-seekers vs. Cardinals
GAME NOTES vs. CARDINALS
Adrian Peterson's 165 yards rushing against the Cardinals give him a season total of 1,581 – a team record for most yards gained in a single season. Robert Smith is bumped to second placed with his 1,521-yard season in 2000 and Peterson is also third with a 1,341-yard season last year.
Peterson is the first player in team history to average 100 yards per game rushing. He is on pace for a team-record average per game. Through 14 games, he is averaging 113 yards per contest, better than his 96-yard team record from last year. Smith will hold third and fourth place on the list with game averages of 95 yards (2000) and 90 yards (1997).
Peterson's 104 yards per-game average over his career ties him for first place in NFL history with Jim Brown (1957-65). Barry Sanders is next on the list with a 100-yard average per game from 1989-98.
Peterson had his ninth 100-yard game rushing, a team record for a single season. Smith previously held the record with eight in 2000.
Peterson's 100-yard game gives him a career total of 15, which ties him for fifth place in NFL history for most 100-yard games in a player's first two seasons. Eric Dickerson holds the record with 21 (1983-84).
Peterson's 26 rushing attempts give him a season total of nine games with 20 or more attempts. That ties Chester Taylor (2006) for the team record for most in a single season.
Peterson has the NFL record for highest percentage of 100-yard games, (100-yard games/games played), breaking the barrier on 53.6 percent of his games. Barry Sanders had the record, doing that in 49.7 percent of his 153 games played.
Peterson's 165 yards rushing give him a career total of 2,921, which moves him into ninth place in team history, surpassing Terry Allen's career total of 2,795.
Bernard Berrian's 82-yard punt return for a touchdown is the third longest in team history. Charlie West hold the team mark with a 98-yarder against Washington in 1968 and Nate Burleson is second with a 91-yarder at Indianapolis in 2004.
Berrian becomes the first Viking to have three plays of at least 80 yards in one season. This year, he has a touchdown receptions of 86 and 99 yards and now an 82-yard punt return. Koren Robinson (an 80-yard TD reception and 86-yard kickoff return in 2005) and Darren Sharper (interception returns of 88 and 92 yards in 2005 are now tied for second.
Tarvaris Jackson had a career-high four touchdown passes in a game, his previous high was two. The last time a Vikings quarterback threw four touchdowns on Nov. 14, 2004, when Daunte Culpepper did it against the Green Bay Packers.
The 21 points scored in the first quarter was the most for the Vikings since 1999, and only the fifth time the team has scored 21 or more points in the first quarter. The record for the opening period is 28 points against Green Bay in 1986.
Jared Allen's two quarterback sacks move him into the Vikings' top 10 for a single season and ties him with Chris Doleman (1992) for seventh place. Doleman also holds the team record with 21 sacks in 1989. Allen's career high is 15.5 with Kansas City last year; he has currently has 14.5 this year.
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