S Mistral Raymond had his first career interception, and the first by a Vikings player since Week 5, when he grabbed an overthrown ball by Rex Grossman and returned it 31 yards on Saturday. The Vikings have only seven interceptions. Safety Jamarca Sanford leads the team with two.
DE Jared Allen is one game from leading the NFL in sacks for a second time. He had 15.5 in 2007, his last year with the Chiefs. Heading into Week 17, he has 18.5 and leads Philadelphia’s Jason Babin and Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware, who have 18 apiece. Allen is 2.5 sacks from the team record of 21 set by Chris Doleman in 1989.
WR Greg Camarillo most likely doesn’t have a future with the team. The Vikings will need to significantly upgrade their receiver position, and Camarillo is an older veteran slot receiver. He does, however, give the Vikings everything he’s got. He went up on Saturday and grabbed a ball before being upended and coming down hard. The catch, his only one of the game, went for 14 yards.
RB Adrian Peterson was 30 yards short of his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season when his season ended with a torn the ACL and MCL on the first play of the second half at Washington. He’s also 66 yards short of Robert Smith’s career franchise rushing record of 6,818. The Vikings are optimistic that Peterson can return in time for the start of the 2012 regular season.
RB Toby Gerhart was caught from behind, but he still registered the Vikings’ longest run from scrimmage, a 67-yarder after taking over for the injured Peterson in the third quarter on Saturday. Gerhart showed Saturday and in three starts when Peterson was out with a high ankle sprain that he can be an effective player when he gets in a rhythm. He had his first career 100-yard game when he went for 109 yards on just 11 carries at Washington.
WR Percy Harvin has a connection with backup QB Joe Webb. Against a zero blitz, Webb put a ball up for Harvin to get. The diminutive receiver was able to go out and come down with a 36-yard gain. Webb also threw a touchdown pass to Harvin, who finished with five catches for 65 yards against the Redskins.
RB Caleb King, who once was a promising prospect out of Georgia, might get a chance to carry the ball some in Sunday’s season finale. King was signed as an undrafted rookie after sitting out Georgia’s 2011 season because of academics. The 220-pound back was promoted from the practice squad when Adrian Peterson was placed on injured reserve.
QB Joe Webb took over a 10-10 game early in the third quarter at Washington on Saturday and led the Vikings to four consecutive scoring drives. That included three consecutive touchdowns, with Webb throwing for two of them and running for the other.
TE Mickey Shuler was promoted from the practice squad this week and could be given an opportunity to play in the season finale against the Bears. Shuler was the team’s seventh round draft pick in 2010. He was cut before the season, signed by the Dolphins and then rejoined the Vikings’ practice squad this season after being released by Miami. With Jim Kleinsasser retiring and Visanthe Shiancoe expected to leave via free agency, the Vikings will have opportunities open at tight end next summer.
TE Kyle Rudolph, a rookie second-round draft pick, caught his third touchdown pass of the season. He is tied for fourth on the team with 23 receptions. He has 234 yards for a 10.2-yard average. Not great numbers, but he has shown enough to prove he’s the team’s tight end of the future. He’s also, for what it’s worth, the first player with the last name “Rudolph” to score a point in NFL history.
RB Jordan Todman was signed to the Vikings’ active roster from the Chargers’ practice squad, replacing OG Steve Hutchinson (concussion), who was placed on injured reserve. Todman, who left Connecticut after his junior season and was drafted by the Chargers, was a first-team All-Big East East selection in 2010.
DE Brian Robison plays in Allen’s considerable shadow. But he’s quietly put together a good year in his first season as a starter. He hold his own against the run and also has a career-high seven sacks. He had a sack, strip and fumble recovery on one play against the Redskins. Other players in the league with seven sacks include Washington’s Brian Orakpo and the Giants’ Osi Umenyiora.
LG Steve Hutchinson, who missed Saturday’s game because of a concussion, was placed on injured reserve. He needed to pass the league-mandated concussion exam. But with only pride on the line Sunday against the Bears, Hutchinson was shut down for the year. The Vikings will go with capable backup Joe Berger at left guard this week.