A new decade is upon us, as the Vikings have their sights set on 2020 and beyond. But before we fully turn to what's next, Vikings fans looked back at some of their favorite players from the previous decade.
Minnesota went 81-77-2in the seasons between 2010 and 2019, winning a pair of NFC North titles and making four total playoff appearances during the decade (2-4 in postseason play).
There isn't an All-Decade Team for the Minnesota Vikings, but if there was one, who would be on it for their play with the team between 2010-19?
Vikings.com opened the topic for debate to a panel featuring "Voice of the Vikings" Paul Allen, analyst Pete Bercich, Mark Rosen and Kevin Seifert. Fans also were invited to vote online for their best players of the decade. More than 5,000 votes were cast at each position.
We'll start the recap with quarterbacks, where the Vikings have spent the better part of a quarter century finding short-term solutions, a status that has been amplified by injuries. The panel picked one QB and found a consensus with fans.
Kirk Cousins, 2018-2019
Fan Vote: 2,787 of 5,416 total votes at QB (51 percent)
Stats from the Decade: 31 games, 732-of-1,050 passing (69.7 completion percentage) for 7,901 yards (254.9 pass yards per game, 56 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a passer rating of 103.0; 75 rushes for 186 yards and two touchdowns
Thoughts from the Panel
"At the end of the equation, you get down to Kirk Cousins or Teddy Bridgewater. For me, with the 56 touchdowns, the 16 interceptions, I know it's only two years, but the fact that he won a playoff game, quite honestly, I think this is a no-brainer. I think it's Kirk." — Paul Allen
"Kirk Cousins is definitely the guy of the decade. … It's between him and Teddy Bridgewater, and you take a look at the numbers — Paul pointed out a few of them — almost 1,800 more yards, 28 more touchdowns, five less interceptions, and the highest passer rating that Teddy ever had for a season was 88.7, where Kirk just ripped off one that was over 107. From a production standpoint … if you're looking at performance by a player at a position, then Kirk Cousins is the guy of the decade." — Pete Bercich
Teddy Bridgewater, 2014-2017
Fan Vote: 1,295 of 5,416 total votes (24 percent)
Stats from the Decade: 30 games, 551-of-851 passing (64.7 completion percentage) for 6,150 yards (205.0 pass yards per game), 28 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and a passer rating of 86.3; 94 rushes for 398 yards and four touchdowns
Case Keenum, 2017
Fan Vote: 1,209 of 5,416 total votes (22 percent)
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Stats from the Decade: 15 games, 325-of-481 passing (67.6 completion percentage) for 3,547 yards (236.5 pass yards per game), 22 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 98.3; 40 rushes for 160 yards and one touchdown
Thought from the Panel
"My thinking of this, there isn't a lot of sustained success at quarterback for anybody, so you almost get to single seasons, and I don't think anybody had a better single season than Case Keenum did in 2017. He was the second-best quarterback in the league by QBR that year. Kirk Cousins had a really good season, probably a top 10 this past year, but … I think Case's was the best." — Kevin Seifert
"I'm going to back off the 'no-brainer' comment that I made about Kirk, because now that I think about Case more in 2017, he saved the season. He wasn't the starting quarterback, and I'll never forget Week 2 at Heinz Field when they tried to get [Sam] Bradford up and running. Keenum had basically done nothing during the week. They lose and didn't get off to a great start, but what he did to save that season. His mobility, I stick with Kirk, but I agree with Kevin, it's not a 'no-brainer.' " — Allen
Also received votes…
Sam Bradford, 2016-17
Stats from the Decade: 17 games, 427-of-595 passing (71.8 completion percentage) for 4,259 yards (250.5 pass yards per game), 23 touchdowns, five interceptions and a passer rating of 101.1; 22 rushes for 50 yards
Christian Ponder, 2011-14
Stats from the Decade: 38 games, 632-of-1,057 passing (59.8 completion percentage) for 6,658 yards (175.2 pass yards per game), 38 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a passer rating of 75.9; 126 rushes for 639 yards and seven touchdowns