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Early Look: Vikings at Jaguars

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings dropped to 6-6 on the season with a Thursday night loss to the Cowboys.

Minnesota lost 17-15 as its 2-point conversion try with 25 seconds left was unsuccessful.

The Vikings will now travel to the Sunshine State for a Sunday tilt with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jacksonville is 2-10 following a 20-10 loss to Denver on Sunday.

Here's an early look at the matchup:

Passing

Vikings quarterback Kyle Rudolph completed 32 of 45 attempts (71.1 percent) for 247 yards and a touchdown against Dallas. Bradford, who was not intercepted, compiled a passer rating of 91.6.

Shaun Hill played two snaps for Minnesota, completing his only pass attempt for six yards while also getting sacked. Running back Jerick McKinnon also had a pass attempt that was incomplete.

Bradford has completed 280 of 393 passes for a career-high 71.2 completion percentage this season. He has thrown for 2,662 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles completed 19 of 42 passes for 181 yards with no touchdowns and two picks Sunday against the Broncos. His passer rating was 37.9.

Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has completed 282 of 483 passes (58.4 percent) for 2,930 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions this season.

Rushing

Minnesota gained 87 yards on the ground on 19 carries Thursday, averaging 4.6 yards per attempt. McKinnon had nine rushes for 41 yards, and Nick Easton had six carries for 30 yards. 

Bradford had a 10-yard run, and Cordarrelle Patterson had two attempts for six yards.

McKinnon leads the Vikings with 115 carries for 357 yards and also has a touchdown. Asiata has 96 attempts for 317 yards and five scores.

T.J. Yeldon had 14 carries for 55 yards against Denver, and Denard Robinson added 17 attempts for 53 yards. Bortles rushed for 29 yards and had a 22–yard touchdown run.

Yeldon has 103 carries for 373 yards with a touchdown. Fellow running back Chris Ivory has 93 attempts for 350 yards and two scores. Ivory missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. Bortles has 323 yards rushing on 47 attempts.

Receiving

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs had eight catches for 59 yards, and Adam Thielen had seven grabs for 89 yards Thursday. Tight end Kyle Rudolph had six catches for 45 yards, and Charles Johnson had three receptions for 36 yards.

McKinnon had five grabs for 14 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown catch.

Diggs leads Minnesota in catches (75) and yards (807) and has two touchdowns. Thielen has set career highs with 52 catches for 657 yards and three scores.

Rudolph leads Minnesota with five touchdown catches and has career highs with 54 catches for 513 yards. Patterson has 41 catches for 334 yards and two scores.

Neal Sterling led Jacksonville with five grabs for 43 yards Sunday. Marquise Lee (34 yards), Allen Robinson (31 yards) and Bryan Walters (31 yards) each had three receptions.

Robinson has 56 catches for 622 yards and six touchdowns. Lee has 49 receptions for 615 yards and two scores. Allen Hurns, who didn't play Sunday, has 35 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns.

Defense

Minnesota's defense gave up 17 or fewer points for the seventh time this season on Thursday night. The Vikings surrendered just 264 yards and allowed the Cowboys to complete just one of nine attempts on third down.

Danielle Hunter had 2.0 sacks. Brian Robison had a sack and also forced a fumble. Everson Griffen had a forced fumble and fumble recovery, and linebacker Eric Kendricks also had a fumble recovery.

The Vikings rank third in yards allowed per game (303.4) and are fourth in points allowed per game (17.4). Minnesota is second in the NFL with a plus-12 turnover ratio.

Hunter leads Minnesota with 9.5 sacks. Griffen and Robison each have 6.0. Robison leads the Vikings with three forced fumbles. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has four interceptions.

Jacksonville limited Denver to just 206 yards Sunday as the Broncos converted just one of 13 tries on third down. Denver had just 10 first downs. Telvin Smith and Sen'Derrick Marks each had sacks for the Jaguars.

Jacksonville ranks fourth in yards allowed per game (311.3) but is 25th in points allowed per game (26.1). The Jaguars are last in the NFL with a minus-18 turnover ratio.

Special teams

The Vikings had an up and down game on special teams against the Cowboys. Kai Forbath hit three field goals and is a perfect 6-for-6 this season.

But Thielen fumbled a punt return in the fourth quarter, and Vikings punter Kevin McDermott struggled by averaging just 32.0 yards per punt.

Jacksonville's Jason Meyers kicked a 47-yard field goal against Denver.Jaguars punter Brad Nortman averaged 46.1 yards per punt on eight kicks. 

The Jaguars have not returned a punt or kick for a touchdown this season. The Vikings have a kickoff return for a score (Patterson). Marcus Sherels, who has missed the past two games, has two punt returns for touchdowns.

Over the Years 

Minnesota leads 4-1 in the overall series against the Jaguars, who became an expansion franchise in 1995.

The Vikings won 50-10 in the first matchup in 1998 before the Jaguars evened the series in 2001. Minnesota has won three straight, however, outscoring Jacksonville by the combined score of 83-51 during that span.

Sunday's matchup will be the second played in Jacksonville. This will be Mike Zimmer's first game as a head coach against the Jaguars.

Last Meeting: Vikings 26, Jaguars 23, Sept. 9, 2012, in Minneapolis

The Vikings won a chaotic 2012 season opener at the Metrodome by beating Jacksonville with 38-yard field goal in overtime.

Minnesota trailed 9-7 at the half, with its lone score coming on a 3-yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson. 

Peterson ran for a 2-yard score in the third quarter, and the Vikings led 14-12 before a wild fourth quarter ensued.

Blair Walsh kicked a pair of field goals for Minnesota before Jacksonville took a 23-20 lead with 20 seconds left on a 39-yard touchdown pass and 2-point conversion.

Quarterback Christian Ponder moved the Vikings 32 yards in two plays to set up Walsh's 55-yard field goal, which sent the game to overtime.

Walsh, a rookie making his NFL debut, nailed his 38-yard try in overtime before Minnesota's defense turned Jacksonville over on downs to secure the win.

Ponder completed 20 of 27 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Peterson ran for 84 yards and a pair of scores.

E.J. Henderson and Chris Cook had sacks for the Vikings, who used the win to get off to a 4-1 start. Minnesota eventually found themselves at 6-6 before winning the final four games to make the playoffs.

Minnesota trailed 9-7 at the half, with its lone score coming on a 3-yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson.

Peterson ran for a 2-yard score in the third quarter as the Vikings led 14-12 before a wild fourth quarter ensued.

Blair Walsh kicked a pair of field goals for Minnesota before Jacksonville took a 23-20 lead with 20 seconds left on a 39-yard touchdown pass and 2-point conversion.

Quarterback Christian Ponder moved the Vikings 32 yards in two plays to set up Walsh's 55-yard field goal, which sent the game to overtime.

Walsh, a rookie making NFL debut, nailed his 38-yard try in overtime before Minnesota's defense turned Jacksonville over on downs to secure the win.

Ponder completed 20 of 27 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions while Peterson ran for 84 yards and a pair of scores.

E.J. Henderson and Chris Cook had sacks for the Vikings, who used the win to get off to a 4-1 start. Minnesota eventually found themselves at 6-6 before winning the final four games to make the playoffs.

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