Keeping the positive energy going with our third installment in a series recapping the greatest moments of the Minnesota Vikings’ tumultuous 2016 season.
The Minnesota Vikings may have struggled to convert extra point attempts at a high rate and Blair Walsh certainly earned his release amid the 2016 season, but just about every other special teams group was exceptional. Walsh’ replacement Kai Forbath, however, has absolutely no clue how it feels to miss a field goal as a member of the Vikings, having converted all 15 of his attempts in Minnesota.
Cordarrelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels continued their reign as the best at their respective return positions and combine to form the most lethal return specialist combination in professional football — and no, this is not debatable because it’s as close to fact as a subjective statement can be.
Even punter Jeff Locke, who I have literally been
saying screaming should be released by the Vikings since 2014, produced both his best and most consistent season as a professional.
While there were moments the team would take a mulligan on — Adam Thielen’s fumble on a punt return against Dallas, in particular — each of the aforementioned elements plus Patterson’s flat-out dominant efforts as a gunner, Mike Priefer’s unit was about as good as it gets in the NFL.
Many teams don’t produce five highlight-reel special teams plays over the duration of an entire season, but the Vikings could put together a nice collection with just their snaps against the Arizona Cardinals. Without further ado, here are our Vikings Top-5 Special Teams Plays in 2016.
Be sure to check out our previous rankings as well, and keep an eye out for the remaining articles in our series highlighting the most thrilling Vikings moments from the 2016 season:
- 1. Vikings’ Top-5 Offensive Plays in 2016
- 2. Vikings’ Top-5 Defensive Plays in 2016
- 3. Vikings’ Top-5 Special Teams Plays in 2016
- 4. Vikings’ Top-5 Individual Performances in 2016
- 5. Vikings’ Top-5 Individual Seasons in 2016
- 6. Vikings’ Top-5 Team Performances in 2016
- 7. Vikings’ Top-5 Season-Defining Moments in 2016