One of the most disappointing parts of the Minnesota season was the run game. Not only was it bad, but it was at the bottom of the league throughout the season and teased with being one of the worst of all time.
Still there were some players who topped the team in some statistical categories, so here are the best of the Vikings rushers:
Rushing Yards – Jerick McKinnon (539)
It took McKinnon 159 carries to hit this mark, but he was still the team’s leading rusher. Sadly, that mark is 32nd in the NFL and reminds fans of just how little yardage was gained on the ground during the season.
Rushing Touchdowns – Matt Asiata (6)
There is no debating that Asiata is the king of the goal line in Minnesota. Even if he struggled to punch the ball in at times, he still found the end zone 6 times, which was tied for 19th in the NFL. The team as a whole only ran the ball in 9 times, one by tight end Rhett Ellison and the other two by McKinnon.
Yards Per Carry (min 30 attempts) – Jerick McKinnon (3.4)
McKinnon barely beat out Matt Asiata to be ranked 37th in the NFL in this category, having only a 0.1 yard advantage over bigger, more bruising back. The only other qualifying ball carrier was Adrian Peterson, who only gained 1.9 yards per carry on his 37 attempts. It there were no qualifiers for eligibility, Adam Thielen’s 2 carries for 15 yards would have been the tops (7.5 yards per attempt).