Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


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Go Figure: Blair Walsh to the Pro Bowl? Vikings to the playoffs?

Posted by: under Vikings, Bears, Lions, NFC, Packers, Vikings defense, Adrian Peterson, Chad Greenway, Percy Harvin Updated: November 13, 2012 - 8:19 AM

As the Vikings take Week 11 off for their bye, here’s a look at a handful of eye-opening figures and facts.

23

Field goals made, in 24 attempts, by Blair Walsh. The rookie kicker, who was drafted in the sixth round in April, is on pace to make 37 field goals, which would break Gary Anderson’s single-season team record of 35 set in 1998. Walsh’s 95.8 percent accuracy, if it continues, would also mark just the second time a Vikings kicker made at least 95 percent of his field goal attempts for a season. (Yes, you may recall that Anderson made all of his regular-season kicks in ’98.) Walsh has already set the team record for touchbacks in a season. He notched his 41st touchback of the year in the fourth quarter Sunday, breaking Mitch Berger’s mark of 40 set in 1998.

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6

Victories by the Vikings so far this season, the most at their bye week since a 7-1 start in 2009. The Vikings were 2-6 at the bye last season and 1-2 with an early bye in 2010. Now, they’re staying alive in the hunt for an NFC wild card.

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8

NFC teams with records at .500 or above right now. The division leaders are Atlanta (8-1), Chicago (7-2), San Francisco (6-2-1) and New York (6-4). That puts the Vikings smack dab in the middle of a wild card chase with Green Bay (6-3), Seattle (6-4) and Tampa Bay (5-4). New Orleans, Dallas and Detroit – all 4-5 – could sneak back into the picture with a well-timed hot streak.

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24-11-1

Combined record of the Vikings’ remaining four opponents. They will play the Bears (7-2) and Packers (6-3) twice each and also have road trips to play the Rams (3-5-1) and Texans (8-1).

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629

Rushing yards for running back Adrian Peterson in his past four games. So is this the hottest four-game stretch Peterson has ever had in his career? Only once before Peterson has rushed for at least 100 yards in four consecutive games (Weeks 6-10 in 2008). Peterson’s highest rushing yardage total in a four-game stretch is 653, accumulated between Oct. 14 and Nov. 4 of his rookie season in 2007. That included his NFL-record 296-yard eruption against the Chargers.

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114.2

Christian Ponder’s quarterback rating in the Vikings’ 34-24 win over Detroit. Ponder was 24-for-32 for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He has had a rating above 100 three times this season – against Jacksonville, Indianapolis and now Detroit. His rating has dropped below 75 four times – at Detroit and also versus Arizona, Tampa Bay and Seattle.

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2,027

Passing yards for Ponder in his 10 starts this season. He has a completion percentage of 65.2 and has thrown 12 touchdown passes compared with eight interceptions while taking 24 sacks. Last season? In 10 starts as a rookie, Ponder threw for 1,754 yards with a .544 completion percentage, 13 TDs, 13 picks and 30 sacks.

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5

Interceptions by the Vikings defense this season after Chad Greenway picked off a Matthew Stafford pass in the first quarter Sunday. The Vikings settled for a field goal after Greenway’s interception gave them possession at the Lions 25. For the season, they have turned those five picks into only 16 points. Only the Cowboys’ and Colts’ defenses have fewer interceptions this season, each with four. Four other teams have five picks. Last season, the Vikings posted just eight interceptions all year.

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16

Games missed by Vikings starters this season. Receiver Percy Harvin missed his first game since 2010 on Sunday with a sprained left ankle. Nose tackle Letroy Guion was also sidelined against Detroit with a turf toe problem. But the Vikings have remained relatively healthy all season. Here’s the full docket of missed time by starters: safety Mistral Raymond (six games); receiver Jerome Simpson (four), cornerback Chris Cook (two but now on injured reserve); linebacker Erin Henderson (two), Harvin (one), Guion (one).

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Chicago Cubs 3
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Toronto - M. Stroman 3:05 PM
NY Yankees - C. Capuano
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Iowa 24 FINAL
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Syracuse 20
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Duke 47
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Akron 3
Hawaii 9 3rd Qtr 11:30
Colorado 21
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FIU 0
North Carolina 10 1st Qtr 7:26
East Carolina 7
Army 0 1st Qtr 5:03
Wake Forest 7
Virginia 7 1st Qtr 4:44
(21) BYU 3
(6) Texas A&M 3 1st Qtr 6:41
SMU 0
Rutgers 0 1st Qtr 7:28
Navy 7
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Kansas 7
Utah 0 1st Qtr 3:59
Michigan 3
Florida 7 1st Qtr 11:18
(3) Alabama 7
Fla Atlantic 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Texas State 3:00 PM
Illinois
Indiana 0 1st Qtr 14:40
(18) Missouri 0
San Jose St 0 1st Qtr 14:35
Minnesota 0
Massachusetts 0 1st Qtr 15:00
Penn State 0
Georgia State 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(20) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(23) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
(18) Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(14) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(8) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(9) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(17) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
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Houston 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
New England 6:30 PM
Columbus
San Jose 6:30 PM
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Seattle 6:30 PM
Red Bull New York
D.C. 7:30 PM
Chicago
FC Dallas 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 6:00 PM
Hamilton
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Saskatchewan
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