Monday, January 04, 2010

The Best Quarterback Seasons in Viking History

Brett Favre 2009
68.4%, 4,202 yards, 33 TDs, 7 INTs, 7.9 ypa, 107.2 rating, 12-4 record

Daunte Culpepper 2004
69.2%, 4,717 yards*, 39 TDs, 11 INTs, 8.6 ypa, 110.9 rating, 8-8 record

Randall Cunningham 1998

60.9%, 3,704 yards, 34 TDs, 10 INTs, 8.7 ypa, 106 rating*, 13-1 record

Fran Tarkenton 1975
64.2%*, 2,994 yards, 25 TDs*, 13 INTs, 7.0 ypa, 91.8 rating, 12-2 record

*league leader

Based on regular season alone, who is the best?


  1. Anonymous6:33 PM

    Get your roll on, Daunte.

  2. Anonymous8:30 PM

    Daunte had the best QB season, but Favre has had the best overall leadership season.

  3. How about Tarkenton?

    Pretty impressive numbers there considering he played in an era when defenders could basically tackle receivers and not get called for anything. Some of the numbers for starting quarterbacks – even on very good teams – in the late 60s and early 70s were horrendous by today's standards. Take a look at Bart Starr's and Joe Namath overall stats in that era.

  4. Anonymous10:45 PM

    Pep put up some good numbers, but only got us to 8-8. Randall gave us a nice record, but his stats are worse than Brett's.
    The 12-4 record and the 7 INTs jump out at me.
    AND... the intangibles are huge this year.
    Brett Favre.

  5. Anonymous8:39 AM

    Brad Johnson?

  6. Anonymous2:17 PM

    I won't cast a definate vote because, as a lifetime Packer fan who now cheers for the Vikings, I don't have the right to judge old timey Vikings.

    I think whenever the QB gets the MVP that year you have to consider it. I also think anytime you're talking the best season a Hall of Fame player had, that season gets a serious nudge. Tarkington's season is pretty big considering his career, his accomplishments. I also think this year is one of the tops for Favre, maybe his best, and I think he deserves the MVP, although it seems like Manning will win it. So I don't know. I really think we have to wait to see how the rest of the year shakes out.


  7. Anonymous8:52 PM

    I hope manning doesnt get MVP. he is good, no question about that but hes playing like he always does. Favre is playing better along with Rivers and Brees. I would like Favre to get it because hes 40 but idk if they will use age in decision, have they ever before? And Chris Johnson is a big candidate too, even though I still would chose AD any day over CJ. Speed isnt everything, and thats what CJ has, AD has everything else, including butterfingers.. did anyone notice him wrap two hands around the ball when he would come into heavy contact in the Giants game... I loved that and hope he continues to improve. SKOL Vikes


  8. Anonymous10:48 AM

    Culpepper. Don't forget, he also ran 88 times for 406 yards. But on pure passing, he had the most yards, the most touchdowns, and the highest completion percentage. As for record, keep in mind that the 2009 Vikings held their opponents to 10 points or less six times, while the 2004 Vikings did it once (but allowed 20+ points 12 times). It's not his fault that Kenny Mixon and Chris Clairborne weren't any good. No more than it was Bert Blyleven's fault that he didn't win 300 games.

  9. Anonymous12:13 AM

    There's no question it was Culpepper. It's very easy for people to say "it was only because of Moss," but actually it was Nate Burleson who led the team in receiving yards and Jermaine Wiggins who led the team in receptions. Moss got hurt midway through that season, and never was 100% again that year. And yet Culpepper still put together an amazing season. With that defense, the Vikings were lucky to be 8-8.

  10. Anonymous12:15 PM

    I agree it was Culpepper in 2004. I just cannot believe the yardage stat from '98