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Early Look: Vikings vs. Ravens

Posted Oct 16, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings will look for their third consecutive win on Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens at noon (CT) at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

The Vikings are 4-2 after getting a 23-10 win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 6.

The Ravens are 3-3 on the season following an overtime loss to Chicago on Sunday. Baltimore rallied to tie the game late in regulation before the Bears eventually kicked a game-winning field goal.

The Ravens started 2-0 but have lost three of their past four games.

Here’s an early look at Sunday’s game:

Passing: Vikings quarterback Case Keenum made his fourth start of the season Sunday against Green Bay. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 239 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He had a passer rating of 78.7.

Keenum leads the Vikings with 1,134 passing yards and five touchdowns with one interception.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed 24 of 41 passes for 180 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Bears. He has 1,004 passing yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Rushing: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon had 69 yards on 16 carries against the Packers, including a 3-yard touchdown run. Latavius Murray had 28 yards on 15 carries.

McKinnon has 164 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in his past two games.

Minnesota lost rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL in Week 4. McKinnon has 190 rushing yards on the season, and Murray has 97.

The Ravens ran for 125 yards on 26 carries against Chicago. Alex Collins had 74 yards on 15 carries, and Javorius Allen had 10 carries for 49 yards. 

Collins leads Baltimore with 335 rushing yards this season.

Receiving: Adam Thielen led the Vikings with nine receptions for 97 yards against Green Bay. Thielen leads the Vikings with 38 grabs, and his 489 receiving yards are tops in the NFC.

Laquon Treadwell had three catches for 51 yards, including a one-handed grab, and tight end Kyle Rudolph had five receptions for 47 yards. McKinnon had five catches for 30 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown. 

Stefon Diggs missed the game with a groin injury. He has 395 receiving yards and a team-high four scores. Rudolph has a pair of touchdown catches in 2017.

Baltimore had four players with between 24 and 44 receiving yards on Sunday. Chris Moore had three catches for 44 yards, and former Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace had three grabs for 30 yards.

Wallace leads the Ravens with 239 yards. Tight end Benjamin Watson has a team-high 24 receptions.

Defense: Minnesota’s defense allowed a season-low 10 points. Green Bay’s only two scoring drives began in Vikings territory. 

The Vikings also gave up a season-low 237 yards and limited the Packers to just four third-down conversions in 17 tries (24 percent). Minnesota leads the NFL in third-down defense. 

Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes all had interceptions for Minnesota. Smith also had 1.5 sacks. Everson Griffen and Brian Robison totaled a sack apiece. Linval Joseph tallied 0.5 sacks.

Griffen has a sack in six straight games, a career-best streak, and is fourth in the NFL with 7.0 sacks.

Minnesota ranks fifth in yards allowed per game (295.5) and points allowed (17.2).

Baltimore allowed 342 yards of offense to the Bears, including 231 yards on the ground. The Bears had 54 rushing attempts.

The Ravens tallied 4.0 sacks against Chicago. Terrell Suggs leads Baltimore with 4.5 sacks.

Baltimore ranks 16th in yards allowed per game (330.8) and is 11th in points allowed per game (20.7).

Special Teams: Vikings kicker Kai Forbath made all three of his field goal tries, with a long of 53 yards. He is 11 of 12 on field goals in 2017.

Ryan Quigley averaged 38.8 yards on four punts and landed three of them inside the 20-yard line.

Rookie Stacy Coley had his first NFL kickoff return and gained 19 yards.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made all three of his field goal attempts. He is 10 of 12 on the season. Punter Sam Koch averages 46.1 yards per punt.

Michael Campanaro had a game-tying, 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against Chicago with less than 90 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He averages 13.8 yards per punt and ranks third in the NFL.

Over The Years

The Vikings are 2-3 all-time against the Ravens. The five matchups are the second-fewest Minnesota has against a team in franchise history. The Vikings have played the Houston Texans four times.

This will only be the second meeting in Minnesota, as four of the previous five matchups took place in Baltimore.

The Vikings won the initial meeting in 1998, which was the Ravens third season in the NFL.

Last Meeting: Ravens 29, Vikings 26, Dec. 8, 2013, in Baltimore

This Week 14 meeting was a see-saw battle that featured six lead changes, all of which occurred in a wild fourth quarter.

Baltimore led 7-6 going into the final stanza before the craziness began.

The Vikings grabbed the lead on a Matt Cassel touchdown pass before Flacco threw one of his own.

Running back Toby Gerhart put Minnesota ahead again on a 41-yard score with just under 90 seconds left, but the lead was short-lived as the Ravens returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown.

Minnesota struck back as Cassel found Cordarrelle Patterson for a 79-yard touchdown pass with 45 seconds remaining, but that left too much time for the Ravens.

Flacco engineered a quick 80-yard scoring drive as he threw a 9-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds left.

Cassel threw for 265 yards and two scores. Gerhart ran for 89 yards and a score. Patterson had 141 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Flacco threw for 245 yards and three scores but was picked off three times — by Chad Greenway, Andrew Sendejo and Marcus Sherels. Robison and Jared Allen had sacks for the Vikings.

The Vikings fell to 3-9-1 on the season with the loss.