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Article: Minnesota Vikings' Stefon Diggs Can End the Dearth of 1,000 Yard Receivers

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#1 Tim Arcand

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 09:48 AM

It's been 2009 since the Minnesota Vikings have had a player amass more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season. The last time that happened, Brett Favre was slinging the football for the Purple. His favorite target that season was wide receiver Sidney Rice, who caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards.

If Stefon Diggs can reach that milestone, it will end six seasons of receiving futility for the Vikings—the longest stretch for the team since the NFL expanded the season to 16 games.If the Minnesota Vikings are to make the playoffs two things need to happen: One, the defense will need to regain the form they opened the season, going 5-0, and, two, the offense needs to open things up and actually score more than one touchdown per game.

Following the Jacksonville game, Diggs leads the Vikings with 861 receiving yards. He needs to average only 46.3 yards per game in the final three games to reach 1,000 for the season. When he's played this season, he's averaged just slightly more than 78 yards.

So, even if he misses one game, Diggs is primed to break the drought.

It's even possible the Vikings' offense could do something that has not occurred in 16 seasons—have two receivers break 1,000 yards in the same year. The last time that happened was 2000 when Randy Moss (1,437) and Cris Carter (1,274) accomplished the feat.

Adam Thielen, an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State-Mankato, is currently second on the team with 758 yards after getting his second 100-yard receiving game of the season against the Jaguars. It's a stretch that Thielen can reach 1,000 yards, but not insurmountable.

Thielen leads the team with a 13.5 yard per catch average—dismissing Laquon Treadwell's 15.0-yard average for one catch. If the offense is to open things up, it's not going to come by running the ball, and Thielen has consistently demonstrated that he is a clutch downfield receiver. He would need to average 80.6 yards per game in the final three games to reach 1,000 yards.

That would be a little more than 22 yards more per game than he has averaged this season (58.3 yards/game)—something certainly attainable.

If Diggs and Thielen can pull this off, it might just bode well for the Vikings to make the postseason.

Here's some history on Vikings receivers with 1,000-yard seasons:
  • There have been a total of 28 players to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the Vikings.
  • Wide receiver John Gilliam is the only player to achieve this in a 14-game season. He had 1,035 yards in 1972.
  • Tight end Joe Sensor is the only non-wide receiver to exceed 1,000 yards with 1,004 in 1981.
  • Cris Carter leads the Vikings with eight 1,000-yd seasons. Randy Moss has six, Jake Reed has four and Anthony Carter has three.
  • For seven seasons, from 1994 until 2000, Vikings had two receivers with 1,000-yard seasons—Cris Carter was a part of all them.
  • The next longest drought without a single player reaching 1,000 yards receiving since the season was extended to 16 games is five, between 1983 and 1987. This excludes the strike season of 1982.
All statistics from Pro Football Reference

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 05:58 PM

If Stefon Diggs can reach that milestone, it will end six seasons of receiving futility for the Vikings—the longest stretch for the team since the NFL expanded the season to 16 games.

 

Reign, how does this compare to other teams? :D

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:41 AM

Update... 

 

With three games to go:

 

Stefon Diggs: 78 receptions, 861 yards. (needs to average 47 yards per game)

Adam Thielen: 56 receptions, 758 yards. (needs to average 81 yards per game)

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 12:05 PM

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 04:21 PM

Surprised Anthony Carter only had three 1,000-yard seasons. What's your problem, Rich Gannon? :P

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 04:56 PM

 

 

If Stefon Diggs can reach that milestone, it will end six seasons of receiving futility for the Vikings—the longest stretch for the team since the NFL expanded the season to 16 games.

 

Reign, how does this compare to other teams? :D

 

There were 10 teams that did not have a 1,000-yd receiver in 2015: Bal, Chi, Dal, GB, MN, PHI, SD, SF, Rams, Was

 

The Rams have not had a 1,000-yd receiver since Terry Holt in 2007, the Vikings are second longest since 2009.  Kenny Britt only needs 63 yds to top 1,000 this season for LA.

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 06:44 PM

 

 

 

If Stefon Diggs can reach that milestone, it will end six seasons of receiving futility for the Vikings—the longest stretch for the team since the NFL expanded the season to 16 games.

 

Reign, how does this compare to other teams? :D

 

There were 10 teams that did not have a 1,000-yd receiver in 2015: Bal, Chi, Dal, GB, MN, PHI, SD, SF, Rams, Was

 

The Rams have not had a 1,000-yd receiver since Terry Holt in 2007, the Vikings are second longest since 2009.  Kenny Britt only needs 63 yds to top 1,000 this season for LA.

 

 

Another random stats guy! Welcome, welcome! :D 

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 09:30 AM

If Stefon Diggs can reach that milestone, it will end six seasons of receiving futility for the Vikings—the longest stretch for the team since the NFL expanded the season to 16 games.

 
Reign, how does this compare to other teams? :D

There were 10 teams that did not have a 1,000-yd receiver in 2015: Bal, Chi, Dal, GB, MN, PHI, SD, SF, Rams, Was
 
The Rams have not had a 1,000-yd receiver since Terry Holt in 2007, the Vikings are second longest since 2009.  Kenny Britt only needs 63 yds to top 1,000 this season for LA.

 
Another random stats guy! Welcome, welcome! :D

Cheating on me already I see. What was I supposed to lookup? The longest 1000 yard receiving drought for each team? I'm not sure so I'll just include all the data.

SEAS - number of seasons (doesn't include 1982 or 1987)
1000 - number of seasons with at least one 1000 yard receiver
PCT - percent of seasons with at least one 1000 yard receiver
STR - longest streak with at least one 1000 yard receiver
DRO - longest drought without a 1000 yard receiver
CUR - current streak (+ = 1000 yard receiver) (- = drought)

(none of this includes 2016)
TEAM         SEAS 1000  PCT  STR DRO CUR
Arizona        37   21  56.8   7   7   1+
Atlanta        36   21  58.3   6   7   9+
Baltimore      20   10  50.0   3   3   1-
Buffalo        36   16  44.4   3   5   1+
Carolina       21   14  66.7   6   2   2+
Chicago        35    8  22.9   3  15   1-
Cincinnat      36   23  63.9   6   4   5+
Cleveland      33    8  24.2   1   8   1+
Dallas         36   20  55.6   6   5   1-
Denver         36   24  66.7   9   4   4+
Detroit        36   17  47.2   6   5   6+
Green Bay      36   25  69.4   8   2   1-
Houston        14    9  64.3   4   2   4+
Indianapolis   36   18  50.0  12   7   4+
Jacksonville   21   10  47.6   7   9   1+
Kansas City    37   13  35.1   2   6   1+
Los Angeles    36   15  41.7   9   8   8-
Miami          36   16  44.4   4   5   1+
Minnesota      36   19  52.8  12   4   6-
N.Y. Giants    36   16  44.4   5  10   2+
N.Y. Jets      36   11  30.6   2   7   1+
New England    36   16  44.4   5   5   5+
New Orleans    36   17  47.2   5   6   1+
Oakland        36   16  44.4  10   9   1+
Philadelphia   36   15  41.7   4   6   1-
Pittsburgh     36   18  50.0   4   8   3+
San Diego      37   18  48.6   6   4   2-
San Francisco  37   21  56.8  12   8   1-
Seattle        36   20  55.6   8   7   1+
Tampa Bay      36   16  44.4   8  11   4+
Tennessee      36   14  38.9   5   9   1+
Washington     37   20  54.1   9   4   1-
*for some of these teams I did include the strike shortened seasons of 1982 and 1987, if they had a 1000 yard receiver. It only seemed fair. 1 receiver (Wes Chandler) actually reached 1000 yards in 1982 in just 9 games. Several teams pulled it off in 1987 when most players only played 12 games.

The Vikings NFL best 12 year streak (shared with Indy and San Fran).
1993 Cris Carter    1071
1994 Cris Carter    1256
1995 Cris Carter    1371
1996 Jake Reed      1320
1997 Jake Reed      1138
1998 Randy Moss     1313
1999 Randy Moss     1413
2000 Randy Moss     1437
2001 Randy Moss     1233
2002 Randy Moss     1347
2003 Randy Moss     1632
2004 Nate Burleson  1006
2005 Travis Taylor   604
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Posted 18 December 2016 - 09:33 AM

LOL poor Cleveland. They've never had back to back seasons with a 1000 yard receiver. That's so awful I might have to double check to see if I did this right.

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 09:41 AM

And just for giggles, here's the Bears leading receivers in their NFL worst 15 year drought. It's actually 17 if you include 1982 and 1987. And if you really want to get technical, the Bears went from 1971 to 1995 without a 1000 yard receiver. But I was only looking at 16 game schedules (1978-2015).
1978 James Scott       759
1979 Brian Baschnagel  452
1980 James Scott       696
1981 Ken Margerum      584
1983 Willie Gault      836
1984 Willie Gault      587
1985 Willie Gault      704
1986 Willie Gault      818
1988 Dennis McKinnon   704
1989 Ron Morris        486
1990 Wendell Davis     572
1991 Wendell Davis     945
1992 Wendell Davis     734
1993 Tom Waddle        552
1994 Jeff Graham       944
1995 Jeff Graham      1301
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Posted 26 December 2016 - 08:21 AM

One game to go:

 

Thielen - 960 yards

Diggs - 903 yards

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