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10 Vikings Offensive Numbers of Note: 10 Different Players Scored TDs in 2017

Posted Jan 3, 2018

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings saw contributions throughout their lineup this season as an improved offense helped Minnesota to a 13-3 season.

Whether it was an efficient passing game or revamped running game, the Vikings took a step forward on that side of the ball.

Minnesota finished 10th overall with 23.9 points per game, an improvement from 2016 when the Vikings averaged 20.4 points per game, which was 23rd in the NFL.

Here’s a look at 10 more numbers of note from the Vikings offense:

13 — Minnesota eclipsed 100-plus rushing yards in a game 13 different times this season, tied for the most in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings, who hit that feat just twice in 2016, finished the 2017 season ranked seventh with 122.3 yards per game. 

91 — Adam Thielen recorded a career-high 91 catches this season, the seventh-most in a Vikings season. He also set a career best with 1,276 yards, a total that ranks as the ninth-best for a single season.

7 — Minnesota used seven different starting combinations on the offensive line this season, as no position featured the same starter in all 16 games. Riley Reiff and Rashod Hill started at left tackle. Nick Easton, Jeremiah Sirles and Danny Isidora all started at least one game at left guard. Pat Elflein, Easton and Berger all snapped at center. Berger started 15 games, and Mike Remmers started last week at right guard. Remmers and Hill each made multiple starts at right tackle.

98.3 — Vikings quarterback Case Keenum posted a quarterback rating of 98.3, which was the seventh-best in the NFL. He had eight games in which he had a rating of 100 or better.

11 — Minnesota finished the season ranked 11th overall with 5,710 total yards of offense (356.9 yards per game). The Vikings were 28th overall in 2016 with 5,041 total yards (315.1 yards per game).

10 — The Vikings had 10 different players score a touchdown on offense.

Latavius Murray had eight rushing touchdowns, and Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph each caught eight touchdown passes. Jerick McKinnon rushed for three scores and caught two touchdowns. Keenum, fullback C.J. Ham and Dalvin Cook all ran for at least one score. Thielen, Jarius Wright and tight end David Morgan all found the end zone through the air.

3 — The Vikings ranked No. 3 on third downs, converting 43.5 percent of the time. Minnesota had five games where it converted half or more of its third-down tries.

9 — The Vikings ranked ninth in the NFL with a red-zone scoring percentage of 57.5. Minnesota scored touchdowns 33 of its 57 trips inside the 20-yard line.

2 — Minnesota finished the 2017 regular season as the second-best offense in terms of time of possession at 32 minutes and 26 seconds per game. Philadelphia was No. 1 at 32:41.

1.52 — The Vikings interception rate was 1.52 percent, which ranked fifth in the NFL. Minnesota’s trio of quarterbacks who played — Keenum (seven), Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater (one) — combined for eight interceptions in 527 attempts.