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10 Numbers of Note: Vikings Offense Leads NFL in 3rd-Down Success

Posted Sep 13, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —A pair of 1-0 teams will square off this Sunday as the Vikings travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers at noon (CT).

Minnesota earned a 29-19 win over New Orleans in its season opener, and Pittsburgh won 21-18 in Cleveland.

The teams last met in London during the 2013 season in a 34-27 win for the Vikings that was considered a “home” game for Minnesota.

Here’s a look at 10 numbers of note headed into the matchup:

9 — Number of successful third-down conversions for the Vikings in Week 1; Minnesota converted nine of 14 tries and leads the NFL with a third-down rate of 64.3 percent. Pittsburgh went 5-for-13 on third downs in Cleveland and limited the Browns to a 3-for-12 clip.

127 — Number of rushing yards for Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook in his NFL debut; The total set a Vikings record for the most yards by a rookie in his first game. The Steelers netted 35 yards on 17 carries against the Browns and were led by Le’Veon Bell (10 for 32). 

84.4 — Completion percentage for Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford in Week 1, the highest in a season opener in Vikings history. Bradford completed 27 of 32 attempts. Ben Roethlisberger completed 66.7 passes (24 of 36) last week. 

303 — Number of career touchdown passes for Roethlisberger, which ranks ninth all-time; Roethlisberger is also ninth in NFL history with 47,077 passing yards. Bradford’s three touchdown passes give him 101 for his career.

1 — Number of red zone touchdowns allowed by the Vikings defense in five possessions Monday (20 percent). Minnesota tied for 15th in the NFL in 2016 with a red zone touchdown rate of 54.6 percent.

4 — Number of receptions of at least 20 yards for Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, the most in NFL in week 1. Thielen ranks second in the league in with 157 receiving yards, only behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (182 yards)

13 — Number of games in Vikings history with a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver; Bradford, Cook and Thielen accomplished the feat Monday. The Vikings are 9-4 in such games in team history.

 2 — Number of touchdown catches for Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs in Week 1; Diggs became the first player to open a season with a pair of receiving scores since Randy Moss in 2004.

108 — NFL-leading kickoff return yardage for Jerick McKinnon after one week of games; McKinnon returned four kickoffs and averaged 27 yards against the Saints. The Steelers faced just one kickoff return from the Browns and limited it to 14 yards.

18 — Number of consecutive field goals made by kicker Kai Forbath after joining the Vikings in November; Forbath made all 15 of his kicks in 2016 and started off the 2017 season by hitting all three of his field goal attempts.