StaTuesday: Vikings 5-0 for 8th time

BY foxsports • October 11, 2016

The Minnesota Vikings are the last undefeated team standing.

Head coach Mike Zimmer's squad rolled into their bye week with another win Sunday, beating the Houston Texans 31-13 thanks to one more suffocating defensive performance and moving to 5-0.

It's the eighth 5-0 start in franchise history, and their first since 2009, the year former Green Bay Packers star Brett Favre led the Vikings on an improbable run to the NFC Championship Game.

The Vikings have made it to the NFC title game three times after starting the season 5-0, and have advanced to the Super Bowl twice, both under head coach Bud Grant.

Year Record Coach Playoffs
2009 12-4 Brad Childress Lost NFC Championship Game
2003 9-7 Mike Tice N/A
2000 11-5 Denny Green Lost NFC Championship Game
1998 15-1 Denny Green Lost NFC Championship Game
1975 12-2 Bud Grant Lost in divisional round
1974 10-4 Bud Grant Lost Super Bowl
1973 12-2 Bud Grant Lost Super Bowl

Grant was the first coach to lead the Vikings to a 5-0 record, and would be followed by Denny Green, Mike Tice and Brad Childress.

Green was responsible for two more trips to the NFC title game, while Childress delivered another in 2009.

Tice's 2003 squad holds the dubious title of worst record following a prolonged undefeated start in team history, jumping out to a 6-0 record before losing seven of their last 10 games to finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs.

But while the 2016 Vikings' has plenty in common with Grant's and Childress' squads, they're doing things a little differently on the other side of the ball than those previous two teams.

Quarterback Sam Bradford has the Vikings' offense, but the running game has struggled, producing just 742 yards through five games.


Year Comp % Pass Yds Pass TD Rush Yds Rush TD
2016 67.1 1160 6 742 6
2009 69 1080 9 1063 8
2003 60.2 1153 12 1219 10
2000 64 1160 8 1255 11
1998 59.7 1319 15 1116 6
1975 60.3 937 11 1287 8
1974 63.2 1003 8 1229 11
1973 57.7 672 6 1494 3

It's the lowest five-game rushing total in franchise history during a 5-0 start, while the 2016 team's passing stats are among the best in its history at this stage.

Bradford and backup Shaun Hill (who started in Week 1) have a combined 67.1 completion percentage through five games.

They trail only Favre in that category, and have outgunned Fran Tarkenton, who quarterbacked the 1973, '74 and '75 teams.

The Vikings return to action in Week 7, and will become just the sixth 6-0 team in franchise history if they can take down rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles.

They'll have some work to do, however, if they want to top Grant's '75 squad for the franchise record start of 10-0.

If they defeat the Eagles, Zimmer's Vikings will need to beat the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals to reach 10-0, followed by another game against the Lions in Week 12.

Of that group only Washington currently has a winning record at 3-2, while the Vikings' remaining opponents through Week 12 have a combined record of just 8-12.

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