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Go Figure: Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen could be record breakers in season's second half

Posted by: under Vikings, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen Updated: November 1, 2011 - 10:00 PM

As the Vikings take a week off and enjoy their bye, here’s a look at a handful of eye-opening figures and facts ...

 
1,846
Total yards from scrimmage that running back Adrian Peterson is on pace for this season. Here at the midway point of the season, Peterson is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and has 10 touchdowns. His career high for total yards from scrimmage in a season is 1,885, set in 2008. His 18 TDs in 2009 were a career-best.
 
238
Rushing yards needed by Peterson to become the Vikings all-time leading rusher, a milestone he should achieve before Thanksgiving. In just his fifth season, Peterson has 6,580 rushing yards. The team record for career rushing yards is held by Robert Smith, who had 6,818 over his eight seasons in Minnesota. Peterson’s per carry average for his career is 4.8, identical to what Smith posted with the Vikings.
 
25
Sacks that defensive end Jared Allen is on pace to total this season. Allen has a sack in every game this season and should be right at the top of the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year honors. Allen’s totals at the midway point of the season: 12.5 sacks, 34 tackles, three fumbles forced, three fumbles recovered, two pass deflections. Allen’s career-high for sacks in a season was 15.5 set in 2007 during his final year in Kansas City. The Vikings single-season record is 21 (Chris Doleman in 1989). The NFL record for sacks in a season is 22.5 set by Michael Strahan in 2001.
 
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Second-half scoring drives led by rookie quarterback Christian Ponder in his two starts. Against Green Bay, Ponder led a 52-yard field goal drive and a 93-yard touchdown march. Sunday in Charlotte, Ponder engineered a 90-yard touchdown drive and a 72-yard field goal drive. No wonder there’s so much excitement at Winter Park about the rookie’s late-game poise. Through the first six games of the season, the Vikings had only seven scoring drives after halftime – two for TDs and fove for field goals. Only four of those covered more  than 45 yards.
 
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Takeaways by the Vikings in their two wins this season. On Sunday in Carolina, they turned two fumble recoveries into two touchdowns. Against Arizona in Week 5, the Vikings had three interceptions and a fumble recovery and scored 17 points off turnovers. In their six losses this season, however, the Vikings have only five total takeaways and 14 points off turnovers.

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