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10 Numbers of Note: Sherels is Vikings All-Time Punt Return Leader

Posted Sep 19, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings welcome on old but familiar foe on Sunday for a Week 3 matchup.

Minnesota and Tampa Bay, formerly division rivals, will square off at noon (CT) at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

The Vikings are 1-1 are splitting their first two games of the 2017 season. The Buccaneers are 1-0 after beating Chicago in Week 2. Tampa Bay’s Week 1 game was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.

Here’s a look at 10 numbers of note headed into the matchup:

191 — Number of rushing yards for Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook through the first two weeks of the NFL season; Cook ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards. The Buccaneers allowed just 20 rushing yards on 16 carries by the Bears.

1,822 — Number of career punt return yards for Marcus Sherels, which is the most in franchise history; Sherels moved atop the list with a 12-yard return Sunday in Pittsburgh.

7 — Number of third-down conversions allowed by the Vikings defense, in 24 attempts, through the first two games of the season; Minnesota ranks seventh in the NFL, allowing third-down conversions just 29.2 percent of the time. Tampa Bay went 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) on third downs against Chicago.

1 — Number of quarterbacks to throw for at least 4,000 yards in each of their first two seasons in the NFL; Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston accomplished the feat in 2015 and 2016.

51 — Number of career sacks by Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen in 50 career starts; Griffen had 2.0 sacks Sunday against the Steelers and has 3.0 on the season (tied for third in the NFL).

11 — Length of the longest rush allowed by the Vikings defense through two weeks; Tampa Bay’s longest rush allowed in its opener was nine yards to Chicago, and its longest gain on the ground was for 14 yards.

5 — Number of 20-plus yard receptions for Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen in 2017; Thielen ranks first in the NFL in that stat and is second overall with 201 receiving yards. 

 27 — Length of return of a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr in Minnesota’s 19-13 win over the Buccaneers in 2014; Barr stripped the ball and raced the other way on the first play of overtime for the game-winning score.

25 — Number of seasons the Vikings and Buccaneers were division rivals in the former NFC Central; Minnesota went 31-17 against Tampa Bay during that span.

44.0 — Net punting average for Ryan Quigley and the Vikings coverage team, which ranks fifth in the NFL; Tampa Bay’s net punting average (45.3) ranks third.