Record-seekers vs. Panthers

Jared Allen (Dennis Wierzbicki/US Presswire)

The Vikings had players on offense (Ponder, Peterson and Harvin), defense (Jared Allen) and special teams (Ryan Longwell) move up in the team's record book.


  • Jared Allen tied a NFL record for most consecutive games with a sack after notching one in his 10th straight game, equaling DeMarcus Ware's 10-game streak that ended in 2008 and Simon Fletcher's streak from 1992-93.

  • Percy Harvin set a team record for most rushing attempts by a wide receiver in a season, having 19 through the first eight games of the season and already breaking his 2010 record.

  • Ryan Longwell set a team record for most career game-winning field goals with his 10th, surpassing Fred Cox's (1963-77) mark.

  • Adrian Peterson moved into 10th place in NFL history for most yards rushing in a player's first five NFL seasons. He has 6,580 yards so far. If he reaches 7,000 yards, he would move into fourth place. At 7,400 yards, he would move into second place, trailing only Eric Dickerson's 8,256 yards.

  • Peterson moved into fourth place for most rushing touchdowns in a player's first five seasons. He has 61, joining Dickerson and trailing Shaun Alexander (2000-04) by one. Emmitt Smith is in second place with 71 and LaDainian Tomlinson has the NFL record at 72 in his first five seasons.

  • Peterson's total rushing yards (798) through the first eight games of any season ranks fourth in team history. He also holds the top three spots, including the high-water mark of 1,036 yards through eight games in 2007.

  • Peterson's nine rushing touchdowns tie a team record for most rushing touchdowns through the first eight games of any season. He joined his mark from 2009, along with Bill Brown from 1968 and Chuck Foreman from 1976.

  • Peterson's rushing total of 502 yards in October is the third-most in team history and fifth highest of any month. He holds the record of 627 from November 2008.

  • Marcus Sherels' 78-yard kickoff return was his career longest and is the team's longest in the Carolina series.

  • Christian Ponder becomes only the second Vikings rookie to have a passer rating of 100 or more (minimum 20 attempts), joining Fran Tarkenton, who did it three times in 1961.

  • Ponder becomes only the fourth Vikings QB to start a game in his rookie season and win, joining Tarkenton, who did it twice, Joe Webb (2011) and Ron VanderKelen (1963).

  • Ponder's 18 completions are the fourth-most by a rookie in team history. Tarkenton holds the record with 21 against Los Angeles in 1961, Tarvaris Jackson had 20 against St. Louis in 2006 and Joe Webb had 20 against Detroit at the end of last season.

  • Ponder's 236 passing yards rank fourth in team history by a rookie. Tarkenton holds the top three marks, including the record of 277 yards.

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