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Winners of the last 4 straight and off to just the fifth 10-1 start in team history, the Minnesota Vikings (10-1) will head back of the road to face the Arizona Cardinals (7-4) this Sunday, December 6. Kickoff for the NBC Sunday Night Football game at University of Phoenix Stadium is set for 7:20 p.m. (CT).

This will be the 22nd game between the 2 teams, with the Vikings holding a 12-9-0 lead in the overall series. The Vikings have won the last 2 meetings since Brad Childress took the reins in 2006.

Next week the Vikings return home to take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Key Links

Vikings at Cardinals Press Release (PDF)

Latest Vikings Depth Chart

Broadcast Info

TV: KARE Channel 11 in the Twin Cities
Play-By-Play: Al Michaels   Analysts: Cris Collinsworth
Sideline Reporters: 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: 5:15 p.m. CT
KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 74-station, 6-state Minnesota Vikings Radio Network.  Click here to view all stations on the Vikings Radio Network.

What To Watch For

- The Vikings have won 7 of their last 8 road games, dating back to 2008.

- QB Brett Favre will play in his 283rd consecutive game, moving him into sole possession for the most consecutive games played in NFL history by a position player.

- With a 100+ passer rating, Favre can move into sole possession of the Vikings record for the most 100+ games in a single season. Favre currently has 8 games in 2009 with a 100+ rating, which is tied with Daunte Culpepper (2004 and 2000) and Randall Cunningham (1998) for the most in a single season.

- With a 100+ passer rating, Favre will have his 5th consecutive game with a 100+ rating, which would break the team record (Culpepper-9/26/04-10/24/04 and Favre (11/1/09-11/29/09).

- If the Vikings win, it will be the team’s 20th win in the last 24 regular season games and it will mark the team’s first 11-1 start since 1998. The Vikings 20-7 record since the beginning of the 2008 season is the 2nd-best in the NFL behind Indianapolis (23-4).

Stats of the Week

- The Vikings have outscored opponents 98-29 over the last 3 games. The team has scored 30+ points 7 times through the fi rst 11 games, the 2nd-most in team history for a single season (11 times in 1998). In the last 4 games, Minnesota has outscored opponents 62-3 in the 2nd qtr.

- The Vikings 10-1 start is only the 5th in team history and the first since 1998.

- RB Adrian Peterson has gone over 1,000 yards for the 3rd straight season (1,084), becoming only the 3rd Viking to have 3 straight 1,000-yard seasons (Robert Smith and Chuck Foreman).

- The Vikings 537 yards vs. Chicago is the most in the Childress era and the 9th-most for a single game in team history. The Vikings currently rank 5th in the NFL with an average of 390.5 yards per game.

- Since the bye week, Vikings opponents have averaged 22:10 in time of possession, 9.67 points per game and 226 yards of total offense. During those 3 games, the Vikings offense is averaging 27:50 in time of possession, 32.67 points per game and 487 yards of total offense.

Vikings Big Days vs. Cardinals

- DE Jared Allen recorded 2.0 sacks and 5 solo tackles against Arizona when the two teams met last on 12/14/08.

- WR Bernard Berrian caught a 41-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 82 yards for a score when the teams played on 23/24/08.

- FB Jeff Dugan caught his first career touchdown pass from 3 yards out against the Cardinals on 11/26/06.

- DE Ray Edwards recorded a half sack on Arizona’s Matt Leinart and recorded a then career-high four hurries on 11/26/06.

- QB Brett Favre set a career-high with 6 TDs passes as a member of the Jets when the teams met last September. Favre went 24-of-34 passing for 289 yards and a stellar passer rating of 123.7. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after the game.

- LB Chad Greenway notched 8 tackles, 1.0 sack, and 5 passes defensed against the Cardinals on 12/14/08.

- QB Tarvaris Jackson threw for a career-high 4 touchdown passes with a passer rating of 135.5 on his way to his first-career NFC Offensive Player of The Week honors on 12/14/08.

- LB Ben Leber forced a career-high 2 fumbles in a 31-26 win on 11/26/06.

- K Ryan Longwell has had some of the best games in his career against the Cardinals, all as a member of the Green Bay Packers. He scored a career-high 17 points and made a career-high 5 FGs against Arizona on 9/24/00 and attempted and connected on a career-high 7 PATs on 1/2/00.

- RB Adrian Peterson racked up 165 yards on 28 carries, for a 5.9 yard average In his fi rst-career action at Arizona on 12/14/08.

- RB Chester Taylor churned out 136 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and had 3 receptions for 35 yards against the Cardinals on 11/26/06.

- DT Kevin Williams posted a career-high 10 tackles, 3.0 sacks, intercepted the first pass of his career and forced a fumble in the final game of his rookie season against the Cardinals on 12/28/03. Williams earned NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for December in large part because of his effort against the Cardinals.

- S Madieu Williams sacked Arizona QB Kurt Warner as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals on 11/18/07.

- CB Antoine Winfield registered 10 tackles, 9 solo and had 2 pass breakups against Arizona on 11/26/06.

Vikings vs. Cardinals Series Notes

- This is the 2nd consecutive year the 2 teams will meet at the University of Phoenix stadium with the Vikings taking a 35-14 victory home in week 15 last season.

- The Vikings lead the all-time series with the Cardinals 12-9, including postseason action and are 6-5 against Arizona on the road.

- The Vikings knocked the Cardinals out in the Divisional Playoffs round following their 15-1 season in 1998 with a dominating 41-21 performance.

- The Cardinals knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs in 2003 when they defeated Minnesota in the final game of the season on a last 2nd TD pass.

- Two Arizona head coaches had been Vikings assistants under legendary coach Bud Grant - Bob Hollway and Buddy Ryan. Former Vikings head coach Dennis Green filled the same role for the Cardinals after leaving Minnesota.

- The Vikings have won 7 of the last 8 games and 9 of the 11 matchups between the two teams since Arizona relocated from St. Louis.

- Head Coach Brad Childress is 2-0 against the Cardinals.

A Win Would...

- Give the Vikings a 5-1 away record in 2009 and give the team 8 wins in the last 9 road trips, dating back to 2008.

- Give the Vikings a 9-0 record against the NFC this season.

- Give the Vikings their 20th victory in the last 24 regular season games, dating back to 2008. The Vikings are 19-4 in the last 23 games.

- Give the Vikings their first 11-1 start since 1998.

- Improve the Vikings all-time record against the Cardinals to 13-9-0 and 7-5 on the road.

- Give the Vikings a 2-0 record at University of Phoenix Stadium.

- Improve Head Coach Brad Childress’ all-time record against the Cardinals to 3-0.

Keep An Eye On...

- With 2.0 sacks, DE Jared Allen can tie his total from last season (14.5), the 7th-best single season sack total in Vikings history.

- With 2.5 sacks, Allen can climb into the Vikings top 5 for most sacks in a single season. Allen has 12.5 on the year and Carl Eller’s 15.0 in 1969 and 1976 rank 5th).

- QB Brett Favre will play in his 283rd consecutive game, moving into sole possession of the most consecutive games played by a position player in NFL history. Favre is currently tied with Jim Marshall at 282.

- With 126 passing yards, Favre will reach 3,000 yards passing for the 18th time in his career and the 18th consecutive season, both NFL records.

- With a 100+ passer rating, Favre would move into sole possession of fi rst place for the most games with a 100+ passer rating in a single season in Vikings history. Favre shares the record with Daunte Culpepper (2004 and 2000) and Randall Cunningham (1998), with 8 games thus far in 2009.

- With a 100+ passer rating against Arizona, Favre would notch his 5th consecutive game with that feat and move into sole possession for the longest streak of consecutive games with a 100+ passer rating in Vikings history. Favre has fi nished his last 4 games with a 100+ rating, tying the team record.

- If he doesn’t throw an INT, Favre will move into a fi rst place tie with Fran Tarkenton in Vikings history for the most consecutive games without an INT. Currently Favre has gone 4 straight games without an INT, and Tarkenton’s record is 5.

- If he doesn’t throw an INT, Favre will move into sole possession of the team record for the most games in a single season without an INT. Currently Favre has 8 games without a pick, which is tied with Daunte Culpepper (2004) and Warren Moon (1995) for the most.

- With a passing TD, Favre will move into a 6th place tie for the most passing TDs in a single season in Vikings history. Favre is tied for 9th with 24 on the year, and Fran Tarkenton (1975, 1978) and Daunte Culpepper (2003) rank 6th with 25.

- With 2 passing TDs, Favre will move into a 5th place tie for the most passing TDs in a single season in Vikings history. Currently Tommy Kramer’s 26 in 1981) ranks 5th.

- With 1 TD, WR Percy Harvin can move into sole possession of 4th place in team history for the most combined TDs by a rookie. Harvin has 7 on the season.

- With 1 receiving TD, Harvin can move into sole possession of 3rd place in Vikings history for the most receiving TDs by a rookie. Harvin has 5 on the season thus far.

- Harvin needs 395 combined yards to surpass RB Adrian Peterson’s record-setting 2,021 combined yards in 2007. Harvin is currently in 2nd place in Vikings history for combined yards (rushing, receiving, kick returns, punt returns) as a rookie with 1,617.

- With the start, T Phil Loadholt will move into a 4th-place tie for the most starts by a rookie tackle in Vikings history. Loadholt’s 10 starts on the season are 5th behind Frank Myers’ (1978) 11.

- With 7 points, K Ryan Longwell can move into 16th place all-time for most points scored. Longwell’s 1,464 points currently ranks 17th, and Pat Leahy’s 1,470 ranks 16th.

- T Bryant McKinnie will play his 112th career game, moving him into sole possession of 5th place for most Vikings games played by a tackle (currently tied with Todd Steussie for 5th).

- With a rushing TD, RB Adrian Peterson can set a career high and tie the team record for the most rushing TDs in a single season (13-has happened 3 times). Peterson currently ranks 4th in Vikings history with 12 rushing TDs on the year.

- With a rushing TD, Peterson can move into a tie for 7th place among all players for most rushing TDs in the fi rst 3 NFL seasons. Peterson’s 34 career rushing TDs ranks 8th and Terrell Davis’ 35 (1995-97) ranks 7th.

- With 2 rushing TDs, Peterson can break the team record for the most rushing TDs in a single season, which is currently 13 (3 times).

- With 100+ rushing yards, Peterson can pick up his 20th career game of 100 or more yards. That would tie Terrell Davis (1995-97) for the 5th-most 100-yard games in the fi rst 3 NFL seasons.

- With 29 rushing yards, Peterson can move into 9th place in the NFL for the most rushing yards through 3 seasons. Peterson currently ranks 10th with 4,185, and Emmitt Smith’s 4,213 yards in his fi rst 3 years ranks 9th.

- With 138 rushing yards, Peterson can move into 8th place (Barry Sanders-4,322) for most rushing yards in fi rst 3 NFL seasons.

- With 36 receiving yards, Rice can reach 1,000 yards for the fi rst time in his career.

- With a receiving TD, TE Visanthe Shiancoe can move into sole possession of 1st place for the most receiving TDs by a tight end in a single season. Shiancoe currently has 8 on the year, which is tied with Joe Sensor (‘81) for 1st place.

- With a TD, Shiancoe will surpass 100 career points as a Viking. He currently has 96.

- With 8 receptions, Shiancoe will reach 150 for his career.

- With 16 receiving yards, RB Chester Taylor will reach 2,000 for his career.