Vikings' Patterson broke 4 team records; Rookie of the Year next?


How good is Cordarrelle Patterson?

Time will only tell, but he broke four Minnesota Vikings team records in Sunday's 14-13 win over the Detroit Lions.

According to, Patterson broke team records for kickoff return yards in a season (1,393 yards), kickoff return average (32.4 yards per return), most rushing touchdowns by a wide receiver (three) and longest rushing touchdown by a wide receiver (50 yards).

The 50-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter was his first offensive touch of the game. His second touch on offensive came in the fourth quarter – an eight-yard touchdown reception to give the Vikings the lead for good.

KFAN-FM 100.3's Paul Allen on Monday asked Patterson if he feels he should be named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

"You know what... I feel like that and all the Vikings fans feel like that, but we can't put matters in my hands," Patterson answered. "We gotta leave it up to those guys (nationwide panel of 50 members of Associated Press)."

Patterson finished the season with nine touchdowns – three rushing, four receiving and two kick returns.

Patterson's toughest competition in the Rookie of the Year race seem to be San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen and Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy.

Allen finished the regular season with 71 receptions for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. Lacy piled up 1,178 rushing yards and scored 11 touchdowns.

While Patterson finished with more total yards than any rookie in the league, his offensive numbers don't stack up. Because he was rarely used on offense during the first half of the season, he finished with 45 catches for 469 yards.

Perhaps Patterson's strong finish to the season – five straight games with at least one touchdown – will help get him some votes.

Next Up

coronavirus, covid-19

Mayo Clinic study provides 'best guess' about pandemic's future in MN

Minnesota could be seeing decreasing numbers into the summer if the study is correct.

daunte wright funeral - siblings

Mourners remember Daunte Wright, plead for justice

Wright was killed by a now-former Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11.


HealthPartners: COVID hospitalizations driven by unvaccinated, middle aged adults

The health provider says the average age of its hospitalized patients is trending downwards.

Andrew Thomas booking photo

Man suspected of shooting at National Guard in Minneapolis faces more charges

He has now been charged in Hennepin County District Court with more serious crimes.


Investigation finds EPA mishandled oversight for PolyMet mine permits

A new report found the EPA didn't follow its own procedures when it submitted comments on the proposed project.


MDH's new COVID guidance urges weekly testing for those involved in sports

Those not involved in school sports are still advised to get tested every two weeks.

Trey Lance

With loaded QB draft class, now is the time for Vikings to act

With a strong class, this year might be the time to select Kirk Cousins' successor.

Kellen Mond

Coller: Is a 'developmental' quarterback worth it?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

highland bridge

St. Paul announces names of parks at Highland Bridge development

Construction on the parks will begin later this year.