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Major Milestones in Reach in Week 17

The Vikings close the 2018 regular season by hosting the Bears at 3:25 p.m. (CT) Sunday.

Minnesota (8-6-1) can secure its third playoff berth in four seasons with a victory over Chicago (11-4).

It's been a winding path for the Vikings, who entered this year after a magical run to the NFC Championship Game in January.

While everyone's top goal is to help the team make it back to the playoffs, several players can reach elite statistical milestones. Here's a look at what else can happen on Sunday:

Kirk Cousins

Cousins already has set the new team record for completions in a season. He enters Sunday's game against Chicago with 405.

Passing yards


37 yards, Cousins will pass Hall of Famer Brett Favre (4,202 in 2009) for fourth-most by a Viking in a season

63 yards, Cousins will pass Hall of Famer Warren Moon (4,228 in 1995) for third-most by a Viking in a season

99 yards, Cousins will pass Moon (4,264 in 1994) for the second-most by a Viking in a season

Note: Daunte Culpepper's record of 4,717 in 2004 should be safe.

Passing attempts


21 attempts, Cousins will pass Tommy Kramer (593 in 1981) for the third-most by a Viking in a season

29 attempts, Cousins will pass Moon (601 in 1994) for the second-most by a Viking in a season

34 attempts, Cousins will pass Moon (606 in 1995) for the most by a Viking in a season

Passing touchdowns


1 touchdown pass, Cousins would join Moon (1995), Culpepper (2004) and Favre (2009) as the only players in team history to throw for 4,000 yards and at least 30 touchdowns in a season.

Adam Thielen

Receiving yards:

Thielen already is the first receiver to have more than 1,200 receiving yards in consecutive seasons since Hall of Famer Randy Moss did so from 2001-03.


37 yards, Thielen will pass Hall of Famer Cris Carter (1,371 in 1995) for the fourth-most yards by a Viking in a season

79 yards, Thielen will pass Moss (1,413 in 1999) for the third-most yards by a Viking in a season

103, Thielen will pass Moss (1,437 in 2000) for the second-most yards by a Viking in a season

Note: Moss set the franchise best of 1,632 yards in 2003, so Thielen would need 298 to break that record.



2 receptions, Thielen will pass Moss (111 in 2003) for the third-most receptions in a season.

Note: Hall of Famer Cris Carter has the Vikings record with 122 in 1994 and the same number in 1995, so Thielen would need 13 for a new team mark.

Stefon Diggs


Diggs needs six receptions for his first season with 100 catches. He is 26 yards shy of totaling 1,000 receiving yards in a season for the first time.

Diggs and Thielen are the first pair of Vikings receivers to each record at least 90 catches in a season.

If Diggs reaches 100 receptions, he and Thielen would become the seventh teammates in NFL history to hit the century mark in the same season.

The others are Herman Moore and Brett Perriman (1995 Lions), Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith (2000 Broncos), Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin (2005 Cardinals), Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark (2009 Colts), Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders (2014 Broncos), and JuJu Smith-Shuster and Antonio Brown (2018 Steelers).

Kyle Rudolph


Rudolph needs 12 receptions to move into seventh place in Vikings history. Rudolph has 382 receptions and trails Sammy White (393). He is fifth all-time with 41 touchdown receptions.

Danielle Hunter


Danielle Hunter needs 1.5 sacks to pass Hall of Famer John Randle for the fifth-most by a Vikings player in one season. Hunter enters Sunday's game with 40 career sacks, which broke Hall of Famer Alan Page's team record for a player in his first four pro seasons.

Hunter needs 1.0 sack to tie Lance Johnstone for 14th in team history and 1.5 to tie Mark Mullaney for 13th. Keith Millard is 12th in Vikings history with 53.

Dan Bailey


Bailey needs 11 points to record 100 points for the seventh time in his eight-season career.

The Vikings Defense


Minnesota needs two sacks to record the second-most in team history. The 1992 Vikings recorded 51, which is currently second only to the 1989 Vikings that totaled a whopping 71, which ranks second in NFL history to the 72 recorded by the 1984 Bears.