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How many believe the Vikes can produce 6,400 total yards or more on offense with 3,200 yrds on the ground and the same or more in the air?
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NOOOOO
90%
 90%  [ 10 ]
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ArcticNorseman


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:38 pm    Post subject: 50/50 for 6,400? Reply with quote

This is a totally useless, but interesting tidbit. Wink The NFL single season team rushing record is 3,165 yards by the 1978 New England Patriots. 2nd place is 3,088 yards by the 1973 Buffalo Bills (I believe that was the 14-game season in which O.J. went over 2,000 yrds . . . maybe not?).

With Adrian's lofty goal of 2,500 yards, let's say he eclipses 2,000 yards. This would require 1,200 rushing yards to be produced by other players. If averages are:

- Ponder, 3 carries for 6 yards per carry per game = 18 yards per game.
- Gerhart, 4 carries for 3.5 yards per carry /game = 14 yards per game
- Asiata, 1 carry per game for 5 yards = 5 yards per game
- all others, 2 carries for 8 yards per carry = 16 yards per game.

This would be 53 yards per game rushing by team members other than Adrian . . . the team would fall a little shy of 3,200 yards for the season.

Are there enough scraps AD could pick up to help set a new single season team rushing record?

By the way, this would be balanced-out by Ponder throwing for 3,200+ yards (with hopefully a TD to INT ratio of something like 22:14 or better).
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SteelKing728


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe if we had a better backup RB, it would be possible, but no, I don't see it.

Overall, I'd expect a little over 2200 yards rushing for this team.
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Purplexing


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ponder will throw for 4000 yds, AP will run for 2000 and Gerhart, Asiata, and Ponder will rush for 399 combined. Wink

What is the infatuation with a specific number of offensive yards?

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disaacs


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only 3 teams surpassed that 6400 yds total last year. They were New England, New Orleans, and Detroit, all primarily pass-heavy teams (as they all had 4600+ yds passing).

In fact,the only team that even got over 6000 yds total with less than 4000 yds passing were the Redskins (in fact, they were even the only ones under 4500 yds passing), so it would take a significantly better effort from Ponder for this team to get over 6000 yds, let alone 6400. If he can pass for 3500, they'd have a shot for 6000, but they don't need to get that to win games.
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ArcticNorseman


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No real infatuation with a specific number of yards . . . however, 6,400 divided by 16 is 400 yards per game. I don't see that happening, truthfully.

The interesting number is the team season rushing record of 3,165 yards. No team has come close to 200 yds per game average in a long time. Atlanta was at 183 yds per game several years ago.

I'd be stoked if the Vikes produced 6,000 yards of offense this season . . . 6,400 would be like some running back coming off ACL surgery to rush for 2,000 yards . . . that ain't never gonna happen Wink
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