Minnesota Vikings Single Season Rushing Leaders

Ranked by Rushing Average

The following are the Minnesota Vikings single season rushing leaders ranked by rushing average. Included are player stats for the Minnesota Vikings (NFL) from 1961-2020. Only stats for Regular Season Games have been included. Adrian Peterson is the Minnesota Vikings single season leader in rushing average with 6.03.

Players active with the Minnesota Vikings during the 2019 NFL season are listed in bold.

Leaders based on 100 rushing attempts

      Rushing
Player Season Team Att Yds Avg Lg TD
  A. Peterson 2012 Min 348 2,097 6.0 82t 12
  D. Culpepper 2002 Min 106 609 5.7 38 10
  A. Peterson 2007 Min 238 1,341 5.6 73t 12
  R. Smith 1997 Min 232 1,266 5.5 78t 6
  O. Smith 2003 Min 107 579 5.4 47 5
  C. Taylor 2007 Min 157 844 5.4 84t 7
  R. Smith 2000 Min 295 1,521 5.2 72t 7
  M. Bennett 2002 Min 255 1,296 5.1 85t 5
  D. Nelson 1987 Min 131 642 4.9 72 2
  T. Gerhart 2011 Min 109 531 4.9 67 1
  A. Peterson 2008 Min 363 1,760 4.8 67t 10
  R. Smith 1998 Min 249 1,187 4.8 74t 6
  J. McKinnon 2014 Min 113 538 4.8 55 0
  H. McElhenny 1961 Min 120 570 4.8 41 3
  T. Allen 1991 Min 120 563 4.7 55t 2
  A. Peterson 2011 Min 208 970 4.7 54 12
  D. Cook 2018 Min 133 615 4.6 70 2
  A. Mattison 2019 Min 100 462 4.6 35 1
  T. Mason 1963 Min 166 763 4.6 70t 7
  R. Smith 1999 Min 221 1,015 4.6 70t 2
  A. Peterson 2010 Min 283 1,298 4.6 80t 12
  R. Smith 1995 Min 139 632 4.5 58t 5
  A. Peterson 2015 Min 327 1,485 4.5 80t 11
  D. Cook 2019 Min 250 1,135 4.5 75t 13
  A. Peterson 2013 Min 279 1,266 4.5 78t 10
  D. Osborn 1967 Min 215 972 4.5 73 2
  T. Allen 1992 Min 266 1,201 4.5 51 13
  D. Nelson 1985 Min 200 893 4.5 37 5
  T. Mason 1962 Min 167 740 4.4 71 2
  A. Peterson 2009 Min 314 1,383 4.4 64t 18
  C. Foreman 1973 Min 182 801 4.4 50t 4
  O. Smith 2004 Min 124 544 4.4 38 2
  B. Brown 1965 Min 160 699 4.4 40 6
  T. Brown 1982 Min 120 515 4.3 30 1
  M. Williams 2003 Min 174 745 4.3 61 5
  R. Smith 1996 Min 162 692 4.3 57 3
  M. Moore 2005 Min 155 662 4.3 33 1
  T. Brown 1979 Min 130 551 4.2 34 1
  T. Mason 1965 Min 141 597 4.2 26 10
  O. Reed 1972 Min 151 639 4.2 43 2
  T. Galbreath 1983 Min 113 474 4.2 52t 4
  C. Jones 1968 Min 128 536 4.2 43 1
  H. Walker 1990 Min 184 770 4.2 58t 5
  D. Nelson 1983 Min 154 642 4.2 56t 1
  H. Walker 1991 Min 198 825 4.2 71t 10
  L. Hoard 1998 Min 115 479 4.2 50t 9
  T. Brown 1980 Min 219 912 4.2 55t 8
  C. Foreman 1976 Min 278 1,155 4.2 46 13
  D. Nelson 1986 Min 191 793 4.2 42 4
  S. Graham 1993 Min 118 488 4.1 31 3