At halftime of Thursday night’s game between the Vikings and Redskins, Cris Carter will be presented with his Hall of Fame ring.
Carter, who started his career with Philadelphia but was released by head coach Buddy Ryan, experienced a career rebirth in Minnesota and was the face of the franchise throughout the 1990s as one of the game’s most acrobatic, dedicated and durable receivers.
Carter will be the third member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 to receiver their Hall of Fame rings. Warren Sapp will get his ring Monday night at part of the Miami-Tampa Bay national telecast.
The ring is a thing of beauty.
Carter had to wait his turn to get into the Hall of Fame, but he was finally rewarded this year. In a pre-induction ceremony, Viking Update asked him about his relationship with the fans and Carter was effusive in praise of “his people” – the fans who had the end zone seats that Carter had the closest relationship with among the regular season ticket holders. Tonight, he gets one more chance to stand center stage at the Metrodome as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – a fitting end for a man whose NFL career was on the verge of being cut short before he came to Minnesota and became a superstar talent.
VIKINGS-REDSKINS BY THE NUMBERS
The Vikings have the 27th -ranked offense (16th rushing, 23rd passing) and the 20th-ranked defense (11th rushing, 29th passing).
Minnesota is averaging 317 yards a game (205 passing, 112 rushing) and allowing 395 yards a game (291 passing, 104 rushing).
The Redskins have the fifth-ranked offense (5th rushing, 12 passing) and the 30th-ranked defense (20th rushing, 28th passing).
Washington is averaging 408 yards a game (262 passing, 146 rushing) and allowing 399 yards a game (282 passing, 117 rushing).
The Redskins are tied for 17th in takeaway/giveaway ratio at minus-1 (15 takeaways, 16 giveaways). The Vikings are tied for 22nd at minus-3 (14 takeaways, 17 giveaways).
Washington in fourth in the league in red zone offense, scoring touchdowns on 17 of 26 possessions (65.4 percent). The Vikings are 19th at 52.2 percent (12 of 23).
The Redskins defense is tied for 26th in the red zone, allowing touchdowns on 19 of 30 opponent possessions (63.3 percent). The Vikings are 17th at 57.6 percent (19 touchdowns on 33 possessions).
The league average for third-down conversions is 38.6 percent. Washington is fifth at 44.5 percent (49 conversions on 110 opportunities). Minnesota is 15th at 38.3 percent (41 of 107).
The Redskins are eighth in red zone defense, allowing conversions on 34 of 96 opponent opportunities (35.4 percent). The Vikings are last at 49.2 percent (58 of 118).
The Vikings are fourth in rushing average per attempt (4.8 yards). The Redskins are first at 5.0 yards a carry.
The Vikings are 25th in interceptions per pass play. Washington is 27th in that category.
Of the 17 categories the NFL ranks teams for defensive stats, the Vikings are 27th or worse in nine categories. The Redskins are 27th or worse in eight categories.
The average starting position following a kickoff in the NFL is the 21.5-yard line. The Vikings are first in the league at 26.0-yard line. Washington is 26th at the 20.1-yard line.
Defensively, Washington is 29th in the league in average starting position at the 23.0-yard line. The Vikings are 31st at the 23.6-yard line.
Robert Griffin III has three 300-yard passing games. The Vikings haven’t had a 300-yard passing game since October 14, 2012 – when Ponder threw for a career high 352 yards.
Both the Vikings and Redskins have allowed four 300-yard passers this year.
Washington has had three 100-yard receivers – two from Pierre Garcon and one from Jordan Reed. The Vikings have two, both from Jerome Simpson.
The Vikings have allowed eight 100-yard receivers in eight games. The Redskins have allowed six in eight games.
There have only been 44 100-yard rushers in the NFL through nine weeks. Of those, the Vikings and Redskins have five of them – three from Adrian Peterson and two from Alfred Morris.
The Vikings haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. The Redskins have allowed two.
Griffin is 12th in pass attempts (300), 12th in completions (181), 21st in completion percentage (60.3), 11th in yards (2,169), 17th in average gain (7.22), tied for 21st in touchdowns (9), 26th in touchdown percentage (3.0), tied for 23rd in interceptions (9), 22nd in interception percentage (3.0) and 22nd in passer rating (80.0).
Ponder is 30th in pass attempts (158), 30th in completions (98), 14th in completion percentage (62.0), 31st in yards (1,072), 23rd in average gain (6.78), tied for 35th in touchdowns (3), 31st in touchdown percentage (1.9), tied for 12th in interceptions (6), 28th in interception percentage (3.8) and 28th in passer rating (72.5).
Peterson is fourth in rushing with 711 yards. Morris is fifth with 686 yards.
Garcon is fourth in the league in receptions with 54. Injured Kyle Rudolph has 30 receptions to lead the Vikings, which ties him for 61st place.
Garcon is 11th in receiving yards with 684 yards. Simpson leads the Vikings with 446 yards, good for 46th place.
Peterson is tied for fourth in scoring among non-kickers with 48 points (eight touchdowns). Morris is tied for 25th with 30 points (five touchdowns).
Blair Walsh is tied for 24th in scoring among kickers with 54 points. Kai Forbath, who missed three games due to injury, is 32nd with 31 points in five games.
Peterson in fifth in yards from scrimmage with 872 (711 rushing, 161 receiving). Morris is 19th with 708 yards (686 rushing, 22 receiving).
Jeff Locke is 15th in punting average at 45.5 yards. Sav Rocca is last with a 41.5-yard average.
Locke is 25th in net punting average at 38.9 yards. Rocca is 32nd at 34.1 yards, almost 10 yards worse than the league leader.
Marcus Sherels is third in punt return average (16.2 yards).
Cordarrelle Patterson leads the league in kickoff return average at 36.7 yards.
DeAngelo Hall is tied for ninth in interceptions with three. Three Vikings – Harrison Smith, Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson – are tied for 24th with two each.
Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan is tied for 11th in sacks with 6.5. Jared Allen is tied for 28th with 4.5 sacks.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.