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10 Vikings-Jets Numbers of Note

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Jets.

4 — team-leading number of interceptions on the season for Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who is tied for third in the NFL and is the only player in the league with four interceptions and 2.0 sacks in 2014 (click here to vote for Smith in the 2015 Pro Bowl); it's also the team total of interceptions by Jets defenders (Jaiquawn Jarrett has two, Darrin Walls and Phillip Adams have one each); the Vikings have 11 interceptions on the season, including three by Josh Robinson, two by Captain Munnerlyn and one each by Robert Blanton and Xavier Rhodes; the Jets offense ranks last in the league with an interception rate of 3.4 percent

5 — number of teams in NFL history to return two blocked punts for touchdowns in a game; Minnesota did so against Carolina with a block and franchise-record 30-yard return by Adam Thielen and a block by Jasper Brinkley that was returned a record-trumping 43 yards by Everson Griffen; the scores were the seventh and eighth touchdowns on special teams by the Vikings since 2011 when Mike Priefer was named special teams coordinator (four kickoff returns, two punt returns, two blocked punt returns)

7 (and 10) — rankings for the Jets and Vikings, respectively in total yards allowed this season; the Jets have allowed 3,864 yards (1,022 rushing, 2,842 passing), and the Vikings have allowed 4,115 yards (1,486 rushing, 2,629 passing); New York ranks third in rushing yards allowed and 13th in passing yards allowed, and Minnesota ranks 24th in rushing yards allowed and sixth in passing yards allowed

9 — previous meetings between the Vikings and Jets, who have won the past seven meetings in the series; the number of matchups is the second fewest for the Vikings with any team behind five meetings with the Ravens

11 — career-high and team-leading sacks on the season recorded by Griffen in his first year as a starter; he ranks second in the NFC and seventh in the NFL; the Jets have allowed 38 sacks on the season

14 — number of passes defensed by Rhodes this season, which is tied for third in the NFL on the year; he had three passes defensed Sunday and was instrumental in limiting Carolina to 194 receiving yards and Cam Newton to 18-of-35 passing for a rating of 65.7

15 — times the Jets have forced opponents to start inside their own 20-yard line on kickoffs this season (tied for most in the NFL); the Vikings have started just eight possessions inside their 20 after kickoffs and have taken 18 touchbacks, which is tied for fewest in the league

17 (and 19) — numbers of rushing attempts and receptions for Percy Harvin since joining the Jets on Oct. 17 via a trade with Seattle; the former Viking has 96 rushing yards (5.6 per attempt) and 182 receiving yards in five games with New York

20 — giveaways by the Jets (13 interceptions and seven fumbles lost), compared to eight takeaways for a turnover differential of (minus-12) on the season, which ranks next to last in the NFL; the Vikings have 15 takeaways (11 interceptions, four fumble recoveries) and 14 giveaways (13 interceptions and one fumble lost)

120.7 — career high passer rating for rookie Teddy Bridgewater in Sunday's win against the Panthers; the rookie completed 15 of 21 passes for 138 yards with two touchdown tosses and no turnovers in recording his fourth win as a starter and first that didn't involve a fourth-quarter comeback; Bridgewater has a fourth-quarter passer rating of 87.9, third-down rating of 87.3 and a total rating of 79.0 on the season; click here to vote for Bridgewater in the Pepsi Rookie of the Week competition

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