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Go Figure: Percy Harvin racking up big yardage by going short

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Vikings, Bears, Lions, Packers, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin Updated: December 6, 2011 - 9:55 AM

As the Vikings prepare for Sunday’s Week 14 game with Detroit at Ford Field, here’s a look at a handful of eye-opening figures and facts.

165
Yardage accumulated by Percy Harvin on his four touchdown catches the past three weeks. One-hundred-twenty-two of those yards came after the catch. Harvin’s 26-yard TD against Oakland in Week 11 came on a screen pass six yards behind the line of scrimmage. He caught his first touchdown against Denver at the 44 and raced untouched to the end zone. His second score against the Broncos included 46 yards after the catch, another short pattern turned into a huge gain.
 
68.2
Completion percentage by opposing quarterbacks against the Vikings this season. Only the Colts have been worse, allowing opponents to complete 71.7 percent of their passes. The Vikings have also allowed opposing quarterbacks to post a cumulative 106.5 rating through 12 games. The last quarterback the Vikings held below 100 on the rating scale was Arizona’s Kevin Kolb (46.9 in Week 5).
 
6
Opposing receivers who have gone over 100 yards against the Vikings this season. Denver’s Demaryius Thomas was the latest to do so, catching four balls for 144 yards with two touchdowns in the Broncos’ 35-32 win Sunday. Other receivers with at least 100 yards against the Vikings this season: Atlanta’s Roddy White (10 catches, 120 yards, one TD); Carolina’s Steve Smith (seven catches, 100 yards, one TD); Green Bay’s Greg Jennings (seven catches, 147 yards, one TD); Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe (five catches, 100 yards, one TD); and Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (seven catches, 108 yards, one TD). Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew also went over 100 yards with 11 catches for 112 yards in Week 3.
 
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Detroit’s record since Oct. 16. After starting the season 5-0, the Lions have run headfirst into a challenging schedule wall. Four of their five losses have come to teams (the 49ers, Bears, Packers and Saints) who would all be in the playoffs if the regular season ended today.
 
128
Rushing yards needed by Adrian Peterson to surpass 1,000 for the season. Peterson has had at least 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first four seasons. After missing the past two games with a high ankle sprain, Peterson could return to action Sunday in Detroit. It’s also worth noting that he is 164 yards shy of setting a new Vikings record for career rushing yardage. Robert Smith currently holds that mark with 6,818 yards. In nine career games against the Lions Peterson has averaged 19 carries for 99 yards with nine touchdowns.
 

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Cleveland 53 3rd Qtr 7:00
Indiana 57
Washington 53 3rd Qtr 8:05
Philadelphia 47
Golden State 49 2nd Qtr 2:57
Toronto 26
New York 41 2nd Qtr 0:01
Detroit 53
Orlando 40 2nd Qtr 1:22
Atlanta 40
Charlotte 49 3rd Qtr
Boston 45
LA Clippers 17 1st Qtr 0:49
Memphis 13
Brooklyn 36 1st Qtr 0:56
Houston 25
Miami 25 2nd Qtr
New Orleans 24
Minnesota 21 1st Qtr 0:39
Chicago 25
Utah 8:00 PM
Denver
San Antonio 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Milwaukee 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
Portland
Boston 1 3rd Prd
New Jersey 0
Calgary 0 3rd Prd
NY Islanders 1
Washington 0 2nd Prd 4:45
Carolina 2
Chicago 0 2nd Prd 19:45
Tampa Bay 0
Colorado 7:30 PM
Dallas
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Siena 63 FINAL
Quinnipiac 73
Harvard 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
Penn 47 2nd Half 10:03
Brown 55
Fairfield 51 2nd Half 9:47
Canisius 48
Manhattan 46 2nd Half 9:58
Iona 58
Saint Peters 45 2nd Half 11:15
Marist 55
Princeton 53 2nd Half 7:49
Yale 60
Ohio 21 1st Half 4:16
Akron 20
Dartmouth 20 1st Half 8:05
Columbia 20
Valparaiso 9:00 PM
Cleveland State
Louisiana Tech 75 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 88
Seton Hall 68 2nd Half 8:03
Xavier 41
Cornell 27 2nd Half 20:00
Harvard 23
Yale 39 2nd Half 3:57
(14) Princeton 61
Elon 40 2nd Half 6:11
Drexel 45
Northeastern 30 2nd Half 15:52
James Madison 43
St Johns 53 2nd Half 6:24
Butler 39
Creighton 59 2nd Half 7:17
Georgetown 52
Brown 42 2nd Half 7:44
Penn 63
Columbia 29 2nd Half 13:30
Dartmouth 39
Canisius 44 2nd Half 4:43
Siena 46
St Josephs Brooklyn 25 2nd Half 12:14
NJIT 49
Western Carolina 58 2nd Half 11:22
UNC Greensboro 46
Colorado 24 1st Half 3:52
Arizona 21
Southern Ill 20 1st Half 9:38
Bradley 21
Drake 19 1st Half 7:30
Wichita State 20
Indiana State 32 1st Half 2:54
Evansville 21
Illinois State 20 1st Half 7:31
Loyola-Chicago 23
Northern Iowa 19 1st Half 7:39
Missouri State 21
Utah 7:30 PM
(10) Arizona State
Providence 0 1st Half 20:00
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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