Comparing this year's Vikings to the 1998 team(WDAY Sports) - The Minnesota Vikings reeled in 12 regular season wins, the most since 1998. So just for fun, WDAY 6’s Trevor Peterson decided to find out what those teams have in common.
Say what you want about Brett Favre coming to Minnesota, but there's no question he's been the single biggest factor in the team's success. In fact, Favre's 2009 season is one of the 3 greatest by a Viking quarterback in the last 25 years, right up there with Daunte's 2004 campaign and Randall Cunningham's '98 mastery.
Favre was everything the Vikings hoped he'd be and more. In fact, in many ways, 2009 was Favre's finest regular season. Career bests in completion percentage, quarterback rating and interceptions thrown. Turnovers were everyone's biggest worry when number four came aboard the Viking ship, but 33 touchdowns to just 7 picks, the best TD to interception ratio in his 18-year career? No one could have fathomed it.
Favre led Minnesota to its best offensive season since you know when. 29 points per game, 2nd in the league is the most since 35 points a game in '98. And for all those who say, “Yeah but, Adrian Peterson suffered because of Favre” consider this: while A.P.'s yards per game and per rush were the lowest of his 3-year career, he had career-highs in touchdowns, receiving yards and receptions. And haven't folks always been saying the Vikings need to throw Peterson the ball more?
But offense wasn't the only story in 2009; defense also played a huge part. Minnesota gave up 19 and a half points a game, 10th in the league. Only once since that magical season of '98 have they allowed fewer points. That was in '07. And the Vikes led the league in sacks. The 48 sacks were the most by the purple since 1992 when they racked up 51.
With all those numbers out there, it's easy to see why the Vikings had the season they did. But if they don't make it to the Super Bowl, the reason they brought in Favre in the first place, there's only one way fans will remember 2009; as a failure. A lot of fun just like in 1998, but a failure non-the-less.
We'll be in Minneapolis Sunday as the Vikings and Cowboys fight for a spot in the NFC title game.