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Early Look: Colts at Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive with a 25-16 road win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Minnesota is now 7-6 and remained in second place in the NFC North behind Detroit (9-4). The Vikings return to U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday for a noon (CT) matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts lost 22-17 to Houston on Sunday, dropping Indianapolis to 6-7 and in third place in the AFC South behind the Texans and Titans.

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

Passing: Vikings quarterback Kyle Rudolph completed 24 of 34 passes for 292 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Bradford compiled a passer rating of 106.5 and completed 70.6 percent of his passes.

Bradford has now completed 304 of 427 passes for a career-high completion percentage of 71.2. The former No. 1 overall pick has thrown for 2,954 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has a career-best quarterback rating of 98.2.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck completed 24 of 45 passes for 276 yards with touchdowns and two interceptions on Sunday. Luck, also a former No. 1 overall pick, had a quarterback rating of 68.4.

Luck has completed 282 of 448 attempts (62.9 percent) this season, passing for 3,381 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His quarterback rating is 95.3.

Rushing: The Vikings churned out 85 yards on 29 attempts on Sunday for an average of 2.9 yards per carry. They also found the end zone on the ground.

Nick Easton had a team-high 37 yards and a score on 11 carries.  Jerick McKinnon had 14 carries for 31 yards. Bradford added four attempts for 17 yards with a long of 15 yards.

McKinnon leads Minnesota with 129 carries for 388 yards, and also has a touchdown. Asiata has 107 carries for 354 yards and a team-high six scores on the ground.

Colts veteran running back Frank Gore had 10 carries for 41 yards against the Texans. Luck added two carries for 32 yards, and running back Robert Turbin had three attempts for 10 yards.

Gore leads Indianapolis with 208 carries for 790 yards and four touchdowns. Luck is the Colts second-leading rusher with 56 carries for 304 yards and a score.

Receiving: Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen posted his second 100-yard game of the season Sunday when he had four catches for 101 yards. Tight end Kyle Rudolph had four catches for 60 yards, and wide receiver Stefon Diggs had three receptions for 55 yards.

McKinnon had a team-high six grabs for 38 yards, and Cordarrelle Patterson had three catches for 18 yards.

Diggs leads Minnesota in catches (78) and yards (861) and has two touchdowns. Rudolph has a team-high six touchdowns in 58 grabs for 573 yards, and Thielen has set career highs in catches (56), yards (758) and touchdowns (three). Patterson has 44 catches for 352 yards and two scores.

T.Y. Hilton had nine receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown against Houston, and tight end Jack Doyle added five catches for 55 yards. Turbin had four grabs for 33 yards, and Gore had two catches for 333 yards and a touchdown.

Hilton has 78 grabs for 1,203 yards and is tied for the team lead with six touchdowns. Donte Moncrief also has six scores on 28 grabs for 277 yards.

Doyle has 48 receptions for 496 yards and four scores, while Phillip Dorset has 414 receiving yards, and tight end Dwayne Allen has five touchdowns.

Defense: Minnesota didn't force a turnover Sunday against Jacksonville, but the Vikings did sack Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles four times.

Everson Griffen had 2.0 sacks. Brian Robison and Danielle Hunter had one apiece. The Vikings allowed 315 total yards against the Jaguars, despite Jacksonville converting seven of 16 (44 percent) third downs.

The Vikings are third in the NFL in points allowed per game (17.31) and are third in yards allowed per game (304.3). Baltimore and New England, who play on Monday night, have allowed 17.25 points per game.

Hunter leads Minnesota with 10.5 sacks. Griffen has 8.0, and Robison has 7.0. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes leads the Vikings with a career-high four interceptions.

Indianapolis recorded two sacks and an interception against Houston as the Texans put up 316 total yards of offense.

Colts cornerback Darius Butler has a team-high three interceptions.  Linebacker Erik Walden leads Indianapolis with 8.0 sacks.

Special Teams: Vikings kicker Kai Forbath made all four of his field goal tries against the Jaguars and is now 10-for-10 on the season.

Patterson helped spark the Vikings with a 53-yard kickoff return, and punter Kevin McDermott averaged 42.0 yards (with a net average of 38.0 yards) on his only punt of the day.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri made one of his two field goal tries Sunday, and is 23-of-26 on the season. Punter Pat McAfee averages 49.3 yards per punt and has a long of 74 yards.

Jordan Todman has a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown this season for Indianapolis.

Over The Years

The Vikings are 7-16-1 all-time against the Colts, with one of those matchups coming in the postseason.

Minnesota lost its first playoff game in franchise history to the then Baltimore Colts in 1968 by the score of 24-14. 

The series between the teams has been defined by streaks. Minnesota started off by going 2-12-1 against the Colts up until 1968. The Vikings then won five consecutive games against the Colts but have since lost four straight contests.

Last meeting: Colts 23, Vikings 20, Sept. 16, 2012, In Indianapolis

The teams met in the second game of the 2012 season, which was the second start of Luck's career.

A late fourth-quarter rally wasn't enough.  Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal from 53 yards out with just eight seconds remaining.

The Vikings trailed 20-6 headed to the fourth quarter before Stephen Burton caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Ponder with just over five minutes remaining to cut the deficit to a touchdown.

Rudolph then hauled in a 6-yard touchdown from Ponder with 31 seconds left to even the game at 20.

But Luck completed a trio of passes to get the Colts in field goal range for Vinatieri's heroics.

Ponder completed 27 of 35 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Adrian Peterson had 16 attempts for 60 yards.

Percy Harvin had 12 catches for 104 yards for the Vikings. Everson Griffen and E.J. Henderson each had a sack for Minnesota.

The Vikings started 4-1 that season before falling to 6-6, but won their final four games to make the postseason at 10-6.

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