As the Vikings prepare for Sunday’s Week 5 game with Arizona at Mall of America Field, here’s a look at five eye-opening numbers regarding the team.
Looking to get rich? Then perhaps it’s worth throwing $100 down on this year’s Vikings to win the Super Bowl, then hoping they suddenly get hotter than Sofia Vergara and go on an unprecedented roll that sweeps them all the way to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. This week, the Vegas odds on the Vikings winning this year’s Super Bowl have ballooned up to 200:1 according to BetVega.com. The Vikes started the year as a 60:1 longshot to capture the Lombardi Trophy. But currently, only three teams have worse odds to win the Super Bowl. The Bengals, Broncos and Seahawks are all at 250:1 right now. Joining the Vikings at 200:1 are the Jaguars, Dolphins and, yes, the Peyton Manning-less Colts. Indianapolis, for the record, was a 9:1 favorite back in late April. The current favorite to win the Super Bowl? Green Bay is currently at 9:2 and has 27:1 odds of going undefeated during the regular season.
That’s the price in dollars that some upper-deck tickets for this weekend’s Vikings-Cardinals game are going for on StubHub.com right now. Yep, that’s less than the cost of most extra value meals at McDonald’s. So if you have no plans for Sunday and don’t really feel like being outside in this seasonably warm fall weather, than break open the piggy bank, dust off your horn helmet and head down to Mall of American Field. As of right now, there’s still a very small chance that Sunday’s game will be blacked out here in the local market. So those $4 seats may be your only way to watch the game.
That’s how many rushing yards running back Chester Taylor piled up in 2006 with the Vikings, the sixth-highest single-season total in team history. Taylor is now doing his work in Arizona. But he’s been an afterthought in the Cardinals’ game plan to date, buried on the depth chart behind Beanie Wells and Alfonso Smith. Taylor has only nine carries for 20 yards so far this season. Wells, meanwhile, is emerging as a big-play back. He had 138 yards in last weekend’s loss to the Giants. Only three running backs – Oakland’s Darren McFadden, Chicago’s Matt Forte and Houston’s Arian Foster – have had higher single-game rushing outputs this season.
This is the fourth straight season that the Vikings and Cardinals will meet in the regular season. The Vikings are 2-1 in the recent series, having won 35-14 in 2008 and 27-24 in overtime last year. Arizona claimed a surprising 30-17 home win in 2009.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is has 6,158 rushing yards since entering the NFL in 2007. That total is far and away the most in the NFL over the past five seasons. Second on the list is Thomas Jones, who has totaled 4,840 rushing yards since 2007 while playing for both the Jets and the Chiefs. Peterson also boasts a career 4.8 yards per carry average, also tops in the NFL since the start of the ’07 season. Still, the Vikings haven’t been able to clear a ton of extra running room for their star back this season. The past two weeks, Peterson has rushed for 158 yards on 40 carries and that included a 43-yard run against Detroit in Week 3.