The Minnesota Vikings (2-3) will play their second divisional game of the 2010 season this week as they face the Green Bay Packers (3-3) on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff for the nationally-televised matchup is set for 7:20 p.m. at Lambeau Field.
This will be the 99th game between the Vikings and the Packers, the most of against any Vikings opponent. Green Bay currently holds a one game advantage in the overall series - a 49-48-1 record. The last 25 games have been remarkably close in terms of scoring, with Minnesota putting up 606 points compared to Green Bay’s 590. Minnesota has won the last three games between the two teams. If the Vikings win, it will be the first time since 1992-93 the team has won four consecutive games against the Packers.
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Game Press Release
TV: NBC Nationally / KARE-11 Locally
Play-By-Play: Al Michaels Analysst: Cris Collinsworth
Sideline Reporter: Andrea Kramer
RADIO: KFAN-AM 1130/KTLK 100.3-FM
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman
Pre-Game Show: 5:20 p.m. CST
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What To Watch For
* If the Vikings win, it will be the team’s 25th regular season win since 2008.
* If the Vikings win, it will be Head Coach Brad Childress’ 40th team victory (including playoff s).
* The Vikings have now scored 20+ points in each of the last three games after scoring just 19 combined points over the first two contests.
* The Vikings defense has given up just eight offensive touchdowns through the first five games. Opponents have scored just 74 offensive points, the 2nd-fewest in the NFL.
* The Vikings average starting position after kickoff s is just over the 32-yard line (32.2), the fourth best in the league through the first six weeks.
* In his last six quarters, QB Brett Favre has thrown for 351 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception, and a passer rating of 99.09.
Stats of the Week
* The Vikings have allowed just 83 first downs on the year, the lowest in the NFL.
* WR/KR Percy Harvin’s 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Dallas was the 6th-longest in Vikings history. It was Harvin’s third career return for a TD; he is the only Viking in team history to return more than one kickoff return for a TD and he now has TD returns of 101, 95 and 88 yards.
* Harvin and Josh Cribbs are the only players in the past two years to have three KO return TDs.
* With his two picks against Dallas, LB E.J. Henderson became only the 10th linebacker in team history to intercept two passes in a game.
* K Ryan Longwell became only the fourth kicker in team history to make 100 fi eld goals as a Viking (100). Longwell’s field goal percentage of 87.0 ranks as the highest of the four.
* WR Randy Moss had five receptions against the Cowboys, moving him into 9th place in NFL history for the most career receptions. Moss now has 944 career catches.
* With his 73 rushing yards against the Cowboys, RB Adrian Peterson became only the 4th Vikings player to reach 5,000 rushing yards (5,037). Peterson accomplished the feat in a team-record 51 career games, which is tied for 5th in NFL history for the fewest games needed to reach 5,000 yards.
Vikings Big Days vs. Green Bay Packers
* DE Jared Allen recorded 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to go with his eight tackles against the Packers on 10/5/09.
* Just a few weeks later, Allen notched 3.0 sacks against the Packers on 11/1/09. He finished the 2009 season with 7.5 sacks against Green Bay and now has 9.0 sacks against the Packers for his career.
* Allen notched a sack of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the end zone for a safety when the teams met on 11/9/08. Allen has two safeties against GB.
* WR Bernard Berrian caught six passes for 75 yards, including a 31-yard TD when the teams met earlier this season on 10/5/09.
* Berrian also caught a 49-yard TD pass against Green Bay in the 2006 season opener and caught three passes for 93 yards on Christmas Day 2005 against the Packers when he was a member of the Chicago Bears.
* QB Brett Favre became the first QB to defeat all 32 teams when he threw for 271 yards and three TDs on 24-of-31 passing (77.4%) and defeated the Packers on 10/5/09. Favre finished with a 135.3 passer rating and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
* In his second career game against the Packers, Favre completed 17-of-28 passes for 244 yards and four TDs on 11/1/09. He finished the game with a 128.6 passer rating and ended the 2009 season with 515 passing yards and seven TDs against his former team.
* LB Chad Greenway posted a game-high 12 tackles and 1.0 sack when the teams met on 11/9/08.
* WR Percy Harvin caught five passes for 84 yards and a TD (51 yards) at Green Bay on 11/1/09.
* WR Randy Moss has the three highest receiving yardage totals against the Packers in Vikings history. Moss finished with 190 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions in his first career game against GB (10/5/98). He followed that performance up later that season (11/22/98) with 153 yards and a TD on eight catches. Moss finished with 150 yards and a TD on nine receptions at Green Bay on 9/7/03.
* RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries (6.4) vs. Green Bay (11/9/08).
* Peterson rushed for 97 yards and a TD on 25 carries the last time the two teams met at Green Bay on 11/1/09.
* DE Brian Robison was the last Viking to sack QB Brett Favre when he played for Green Bay on 9/30/07.
* DT Kevin Williams brought down QB Brett Favre vs. Green Bay (11/2/03) during Williams’ rookie season.
* DT Pat Williams tied his career high with 12 tackles vs. Green Bay (11/12/06) and recorded four tackles for a loss.
* CB Antoine Winfield was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Week for the Wild Card game at Green Bay (1/9/05) when he picked off Brett Favre and posted 13 tackles.
Vikings vs. Packers Series Notes
* The Vikings and Packers have one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL, with Green Bay holding the all-time series lead 49-48-1.
* This will be the 99th matchup between the teams, tied for the most the Vikings have played against any opponent in the league.
* The Vikings-Packers previous 25 games (1998-2009), which includes the first playoff matchup between the two squads in 2004, have been remarkably even with a combined score of 606-590 in favor of Minnesota. The average scores in those games have been 24.2 and 23.6, respectively.
* Head Coach Brad Childress has won his last three games against GB.
* Vikings QB Brett Favre will make his second appearance on the opposing team sideline at Lambeau Field after spending 16 seasons with Green Bay. Favre became the first player to defeat all 32 teams when he beat the Packers last season.
* The Vikings have a 25-23 record against the Packers at home and are 23- 26-1 on the road.
* The two teams have gone to overtime five times throughout the series with the only tie coming in a 10-10 deadlock on 11/26/78. The five overtime games are the most by the Vikings against any single opponent.
VIKINGS – PACKERS CONNECTIONS
- Vikings QB Brett Favre played 16 years (1992-2007) of his career with the Green Bay Packers. He led the Packers to the playoff s in 11 of those seasons including who appearances in the Super Bowl and one Super Bowl victory. He has a 9-time Pro Bowler and three-time league MVP with the Packers.
- Vikings K Ryan Longwell played for Green Bay for 9 seasons (1997-2005) before coming to Minnesota and is the Packers’ career scoring leader with 1,054 points.
- Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell got his first coaching job with Green Bay and was on the Packers’ staff for 6 seasons (2000-05).
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress coached at the University of Wisconsin as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, and running backs coach from 1991-98. During his tenure the Badgers played in five bowl games, highlighted by Rose Bowl wins over UCLA in 1994 and 1998.
- Vikings asst. offensive line coach Jim Hueber and special teams coordinator Brian Murphy coached on the staff at the University of Wisconsin.
- Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell played QB at the University of Wisconsin, where he helped guide the team to a Rose Bowl victory over UCLA in 1994.
- Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe (2005-06) played for the New York Giants with Packers RB Ryan Grant and Packers WR coach Jimmy Robinson was the Giants WR coach in Shiancoe’s rookie season with the team in 2003.
- Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Chiefs when Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was on Kansas City’s staff .
- Vikings TEs coach Jimmie Johnson played in Philadelphia while Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac held the same position for the Eagles.
- Trgovac also coached at the U.S. Naval Academy with Vikings QB coach Kevin Rogers in 1989.
- Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac coached in Oakland when Packers CB Charles Woodson played for the Raiders.
- Vikings S Madieu Williams and Packers assistant OL coach Jerry Fontenot were teammates in Cincinnati in 2004, when Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was the Bengals defensive coordinator.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams played his final year in Buffalo with Packers QB coach Tom Clements serving as the team’s offensive coordinator.