The Minnesota Vikings (3-0) will stay at home for a 2nd consecutive week, this time taking on the NFC North rival Green Bay Packers (2-1) on Monday, October 5. Kickoff for the Monday Night Football matchup is set for 7:30 from the Metrodome. This will be the Vikings 50th MNF game.
Monday’s game will be the 7th time the Vikings and Packers have met on MNF, with each team winning 3 of the previous 6 games. The 2 teams have faced off 96 total times in the series, one the Packers lead 49-46-1. The last time the Vikings welcomed the Packers to the Metrodome for a MNF matchup was on December 20, 1999.
TV: KSTP Channel 5 in the Twin Cities / Nationally on ESPN
Play-By-Play: Mike Tirico Analysts: Row Jaworski and Jon Gruden
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Pre-Game Show: 5 p.m. CT
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What To Watch For
- QB Brett Favre has defeated 31 different NFL teams during his career and can become the first player in league history to beat all 32. The only team in his way is the Green Bay Packers.
- If the Vikings don’t allow a Packers running back to reach 100 rushing yards, it will be the 27th consecutive game the Vikings haven’t given up 100 yards rushing to an individual. That is the 2nd-longest current streak behind the Baltimore Ravens 37. The last player to rush for 100 yards against the Vikings was Packers RB Ryan Grant on 11/11/07 (102 yards).
- The Vikings will sellout the 119th consecutive game at the Metrodome, dating back to the preseason opener of 1998. Of the regular season and postseason games (94) during that stretch, the Vikings are 65-29-0 (69.1%) in the friendly confines of the Metrodome.
- If a Vikings RB reaches 100 yards rushing, it will mark the 50th career game TE Jim Kleinsasser has blocked for a 100-yard rusher.
Stats of the Week
- QB Brett Favre’s 301 passing yards against San Francisco (9/27) marked the quarterback’s 56th 300+ yard passing performance in regular season games and was the 1st 300-yard passing game by a Viking since Daunte Culpepper threw for 300 yards against New Orleans on 9/25/05.
- The Vikings defense opened the game last week with 4 consecutive 3-and-outs, limiting the 49ers to 16 total yards on 12 plays. The 49ers first 1st down came with 11:44 remaining in the 2nd quarter, when the Vikings were flagged for defensive delay of game.
- Combining receptions, rushing attempts and kick returns, WR Percy Harvin has 27 touches for 514 yards and 3 scores, which averages out to 19.0 yards per touch.
- The Vikings did not allow the 49ers to convert one 3rd down in last week’s game, forcing the team to go 0-11. According to Stats, Inc., the last time the Vikings accomplished such a feat was on 12/6/98 against Chicago. That year the Vikings also did it on 11/8 vs. New Orleans.\
Vikings Big Days vs. Packers
- DE Jared Allen recorded a sack of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the end zone for a safety when the teams last met on 11/9/08.
- WR Bernard Berrian caught a 49-yard TD pass against Green Bay in the 2006 season opener and caught 3 passes for 93 yards on Christmas Day 2005 against the Packers when he was a member of the Chicago Bears.
- DE Ray Edwards blocked a field goal at Green Bay on 12/21/06.
- LB Chad Greenway posted a game-high 12 tackles and 1.0 sack when the teams last met on 11/9/08.
- Greenway also forced 2 fumbles and recovered one vs. Green Bay (9/30/07).
- CB Cedric Griffi n recovered a fumble against the Packers (9/30/07).
- LB E.J. Henderson forced a fumble in the 2008 season opener at Green Bay (9/8/08).
- LB Ben Leber sacked QB Brett Favre at Green Bay (12/21/06).
- RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries (6.4) vs. Green Bay (11/9/08). Peterson has gained 452 yards and 2 TD on 72 carries (6.3 avg.) in 4 career games against the Packers.
- WR Sidney Rice caught his first career TD pass and finished with 6 receptions for 75 yards at Green Bay (9/30/07). Rice also caught a 23- yard TD pass at Green Bay in the 2008 season opener (9/8/08) and a 3-yard touchdown vs. Green Bay the last time the two teams met on 11/9/2008. He has scored a TD in all 3 of his games vs. the Packers.
- CB Antoine Winfi eld 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.
- DT Pat Williams tied his career high with 12 tackles vs. Green Bay (11/12/06) and recorded 4 tackles for a loss.
- DT Kevin Williams brought down QB Brett Favre vs. Green Bay (11/2/03) during Williams’ rookie season.Vikings vs. Packers on Monday Night Football
This week’s game will be the 7th meeting between the Vikings and the Packers on Monday night, with the teams splitting the previous 6 games 3-3. The last Vikings-Packers game on Monday Night at the Metrodome was on 12/20/99, a 24-40 Vikings win. The Vikings are 25- 24-0 all-time on Monday Night Football.
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 49-46-1.
- This will be the 97th matchup between the teams, tied for the most the Vikings have played against any opponent in the league.
- Last November’s 28-27 victory on SNF at the Metrodome was the first over the Packers in the Brad Childress era and the first since 2005.
- This is the 2nd straight season the Vikings will face Green Bay on MNF. The Vikings are 3-3 vs. Green Bay on MNF overall.
- Vikings QB Brett Favre will play his first game against the team he called home for 16 years.
- The Vikings have a 24-23 record against the Packers at home.
- Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has 304 yards and 1 TD in 2 career games vs. Green Bay at the Metrodome.
- The Vikings-Packers previous 23 games (1998-2008), which include the fi rst playoff matchup between the 2 squads in 2004, have been remarkably even with a combined score of 541-538 in favor of GB. The average scores in those games have been 23.4 and 23.2 respectively.
- The 2 teams have gone to overtime 5 times throughout the series, and the only tie came in a 10-10 deadlock on 11/26/78 at Lambeau Field. The 5 overtime games are the most by the Vikings against any single opponent.
A Win Would...
- Give the Vikings their first 4-0 start since 2003, when they started 6-0.
- Give the Vikings their 5th consecutive win against NFC North opponents.
- Give the Vikings their 13th win in the last 16 regular season games, dating back to 11/2/08. The Vikings are 12-3 in the last 15 games.
- Give the Vikings their 2nd consecutive win against the Packers.
- Improve the Vikings all-time record against the Packers to 47-49-1.
- Give the Vikings a home record of 25-23-0 against the Packers.
- Move the Vikings to within 1 victory of 400 regular-season wins as an organization. The Vikings current all-time record is 398-322-9.
- Give the Vikings an all-time record of 326-251-9 (.563) against the NFC and 162-122-5 against NFC North opponents.
Last Time vs. Green Bay
The Vikings and Packers last met on Sunday Night Football at the Metrodome on 11/9/08, a game the Vikings came back to defeat their rivals 28-27 and snap a 5-game losing streak to Green Bay.
The Vikings owned the advantage in all major statistical categories on the day, outgaining the Packers 361 yards to 184 and chewing up 36:05 of clock compared to Green Bay’s 23:55. However, 3 turnovers and a punt returned for a TD kept the Vikings from a comfortable victory.
The Vikings offense was once again led by their All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson, who ran the ball 30 times for a total of 192 yards (6.4 yard average), including a 29-yard romp into the end zone late in the 4th quarter that would end up being the winning score. Leading the way for the Vikings passing game was Peterson’s counterpart in the backfi eld, RB Chester Taylor. Taylor caught a team-high 4 passes for 84 yards, most of which came when he took a short pass from QB Gus Frerotte and scampered 47 yards for a touchdown. It was the second of 2 TDs on the day for Frerotte. Frerotte had previously found WR Sidney Rice in the end zone for a quick first quarter score. Frerotte finished with 151 yards and 2 scores but threw 3 interceptions.
The Vikings defense limited the Packers offense to only 184 yards on the afternoon – 74 on the ground and 110 through the air. Vikings defenders also put 4 points on the board, forcing Packers QB Aaron Rodgers into 2 safeties. Rodgers was sacked 4 times and hurried on another 18 of his drop-backs. LB Chad Greenway combined for 12 tackles on the day and also recorded 1 sack. The other sacks went to DEs Jared Allen and Brian Robison and LB Napoleon Harris. Allen, playing with a partially separated shoulder, also notched one of the Vikings safeties with his sack of Rodgers in the end zone. In the defensive backfield the Vikings limited the league’s second leading receiver, Greg Jennings to only 37 yards on 3 catches.
K Ryan Longwell hit a 54-yard field goal before missing a 47-yard attempt, while P Chris Kluwe pinned the Packers inside their own 20 yard line 4 times on the day.