First Look at Vikings-Packers

First Look at Vikings-Packers

We have all the key numbers and some news and notes from the Vikings (6-5) and Packers (7-4) as we look ahead to Sunday's key NFC North clash.

Green Bay Packers (7-4) vs. Minnesota Vikings (6-5)

KICKOFF

noon, Sunday, at Lambeau Field.

BY THE NUMBERS

Points for: Packers 26.3 (No. 13). Vikings 22.5 (No. 15).

Points against: Packers 22.3 (No. 14). Vikings 22.6 (No. 17).

Turnover margin: Packers plus-5 (No. 10). Vikings minus-5 (No. 23).

Packers offense vs. Vikings defense: GB — Total: 342.9 (No. 18. Rushing 100.7; No. 12. Passing 242.2; No. 14.). MIN — Total: 336.6 (No. 11. Rushing 111.7; No. 15. Passing 224.9; No. 14.).

Packers defense vs. Vikings offense: GB — Total: 348.1 (No. 18. Rushing 103.8; No. 11. Passing 244.3; No. 22.). MIN — Total: 333.4 (No. 22. Rushing 147.2; No. 3. Passing 186.2; No. 30.).

BRIEF HISTORY

By winning four in a row and nine of the last 12, the Packers have taken a 53-47-1 edge. Mike McCarthy is 9-3 against the Vikings; Leslie Frazier is 0-3 against the Packers.

TEAM NOTES

PACKERS: Have won 9 division games in row…QB Aaron Rodgers aims for 5th win in row vs. Min. In 8 career starts vs. Min., has 19 TDs, 3 INTs & 116.5 rating. Packers are 25-0 when he starts & has 115+ rating. Incl. playoffs, has TD pass in 35 consecutive home games. Rodgers leads NFL with 105.6 rating…WR-PR-KR Randall Cobb has 6 rec. TDs in past 5. Has 3 TDs in past 2 at home. Is only player in NFL with 700+ KR (783), 600+ receiving (613), 200+ PR (231) & 100+ rush (127) yards. Had 80-yard PR-TD in last meeting. WR James Jones ties for NFC lead with 8 rec. TDs. WR Jordy Nelson had 61-yard TD catch last week. Had 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 7 TDs in past 6 division games. WR Greg Jennings has 7 TDs in past 5 vs. Min. & aims for 6th meeting in row with TD…Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB Tramon Williams ties for NFL lead with 15 INTs. Has INT in 2 of past 3 meetings. LB Clay Matthews has 4 sacks in past 3 meetings & aims for 4th in row vs. Min. with sack. CB Casey Hayward leads all rookies with 5 INTs. Rookie LB Dezman Moses aims for 3rd game in row with sack.

VIKINGS: QB Christian Ponder made 1st career NFL start vs. GB (10/23/11) & threw 1st 2 TD passes…RB Adrian Peterson has rushed for 737 yards (147.4 per game) & 5 TDs in past 5. Aims for 6th in row with 100+ yards. Has 11 career 150+ yard rush games, most by active player. Since 2007, leads NFL with 7,988 rush yards & 71 rush TDs. Has rush TD in 7 of past 8 vs. GB. Aims for 5th in row at Lambeau with rush TD. Has 5 career 100-yard games vs. GB…WR-KR Percy Harvin & HOFer Gale Sayers are only players in NFL history w/ 20+ scrim. TDs & 5 KR-TDs in 1st 4 seasons. Harvin, Sayers & Timmy Brown are only players in NFL history w/ rush, rec. & KR TD in 3 seasons in row. In past 3 vs. division, has 3 TDs (rec., KR, rush). TE Kyle Rudolph aims for 3rd in row with TD. WR Michael Jenkins had career-high 111 yards (3 catches, 37.0 avg.) & TD in 10/23/11 meeting…DE Jared Allen has 12.5 sacks in past 7 meetings. Has 39 sacks in past 36. Since entering NFL in 2004, Allen has NFL-best 112 sacks. CB Antoine Winfield had sack in last meeting.


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