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Game Preview: Vikings vs. Rams

The Minnesota Vikings (5-2) return home after 2 consecutive road division wins to take on the St. Louis Rams (4-3). The Vikings, who have won 6 straight home games, are scheduled to kick off at noon CT at TCF Bank Stadium against the Rams.

The Vikings are coming off their 1st road win at Chicago since 2007 after Blair Walsh completed a 4th-quarter comeback making a game-winning 36-yard FG as time expired giving the Vikings a 23-20 win. The Rams defeated the San Francsico 49ers, 27-6, at home in Week 8.

RB Adrian Peterson, who recorded his 45th career 100 yard game in Week 8, is 3rd in the NFL with 633 rushing yards and has added 3 TDs on the ground. As a team, the Vikings rank 5th in rushing yards per game with 131.0 per game. Since making his NFL debut in Week 4, WR Stefon Diggs is 5th in the NFL in receiving yards with 419 on 25 catches in 4 games. Diggs hauled in his 2nd career TD in Week 8, a 40-yard, game-tying score with 1:49 left in the game. The Vikings are the only team in the NFL to hold their opponents to 23 or fewer points in every game this season and have allowed the 2nd-fewest points per game (17.4) in the NFL. Vikings S Harrison Smith leads the Vikings with 57 tackles in 2015 and is the only player in the NFL to have at least 10 INTs and 5.0 sacks since entering the league in 2012. LB Eric Kendricks, who has started the last 4 games, is tied for 1st among all rookies with 4.0 sacks.

NATIONAL TELEVISION: FOX (Ch. 9 in the Twin Cities)

Play-by-Play: Thom Brennaman Analyst: Charles Davis

Sideline: Tony Siragusa

NATIONAL RADIO: ESPN RADIO

Play-by-Play: Marc Kestecher Analyst: TBD

Sideline Reporter: Holly Rowe

LOCAL RADIO: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTLK-AM 1130

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman

Pre-Game Show: Mike Mussman – 10:00 a.m. CT

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.

NORSEMAN NOTABLES

• With 3 runs of 40 yards, RB Adrian Peterson (43t, 48t, 75) trails only Rams RB Todd Gurley (52, 55, 48, 71t) for the most 40 yard runs in the NFL. Gurley (115.0) and Peterson (90.4) rank 1st and 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards per game.

• WR Stefon Diggs has 10 catches for 20 yards since Week 4, the most in the NFL in that span. Diggs, despite only being active for 4 games, has the 2nd-most receiving yards among all rookies with 419 yards, trailing only WR Amari Cooper who has 565 playing in 7 games.

• S Harrison Smith leads the Vikings with 57 tackles and has 1 INT, 1.0 sack, 1 TFL and 1 FF in 2015.

• With a .727 win percentage (8-3), the Vikings have the highest home win percentage all-time among teams playing in a temporary stadium.

• The Vikings have the fewest penalties in the NFL, only being flagged 39 times. The Vikings offense is the least penalized offensive unit in the league with only 12 penalties. The Vikings special teams also has the fewest in the NFL with 3 penalties.

• QB Teddy Bridgewater set new career marks for road contests with 316 passing yards and 118.3 passer rating at Detroit (10/25). Bridgewater has totaled 772 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT and a 95.3 passer rating in his last 3 road games.

• The Vikings are the only team in the NFL with 2 rookies with at least 1.5 sacks - LB Eric Kendricks has 4.0 sacks while DE Danielle Hunter has corralled 1.5 sacks.

• PR Marcus Sherels returned his 3rd career punt for a TD setting a new mark for the most PR TDs in Vikings history. Sherels also holds the team record for career PR average with 10.6.

• The Vikings are tied for 1st in the NFL allowing only 4.0 yards per punt return and have allowed 40 total punt return yards on 10 returns in 2015.

• K Blair Walsh has made 13 consecutive FGs and is 17-of-19 on the season. Walsh connected on his 4th career game-winning FG, nailing a 36-yarder at Chicago (11/1) as time expired.

VIKINGS-RAMS CONNECTIONS

• Vikings COO Kevin Warren worked for the St. Louis Rams from 1997-2001and was with the organization when they won Super Bowl XXXIV. During his tenure in St. Louis, Warren served as Vice President of Player Programs & Football Legal Counsel from 1997-2000.

• Vikings DBs Coach Jerry Gray was a 1st round pick (21st overall) of the LA Rams in 1985. Gray was a 4-time Pro Bowler and twice earned 2nd-Team All-Pro honors from the AP as a Ram.

• Vikings QB Shaun Hill played for St. Louis in 2014 starting 8 games and playing in 9, including against the Vikings in the 2014 Week 1 matchup.

• St. Louis Rams Defensive Quality Control Jeff Imamura spent 8 seasons with the Vikings, where he held various roles on the defensive staff.

• Rams WRs Coach Ray Sherman served as the Vikings QB coach from 1995-97, then Vikings Offensive Coordinator in 1999.

• Rams Physical Therapist/Assistant Athletic Trainer Byron Cunningham served as a seasonal assistant athletic trainer at Minnesota in 2009.

• Vikings Asst. OL Coach Hank Fraley played for the Rams in 2010, his last of 11 seasons playing in the NFL.

• Vikings Asst. DBs Coach Jonathan Gannon was a scout for the Rams from 2009-11.

• Vikings College/Area Scout Kevin McCabe worked as an area scout for St. Louis from 1995-2001.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

• Rams Senior Assistant of Football Operations Tony Pastoors was born and raised in Minneapolis.

• St. Louis LB James Laurinaitis is from Plymouth, Minnesota. He was named Minnesota's "Defensive Mr. Football" as a senior at Wayzata High School.

• Vikings College/Regional Scout Mike Sholiton was a four-year letter winner as a receiver and punt returner at Washington University in St. Louis. Sholiton interned

with the scouting, video and community relations departments with the Rams from 1997-2000.

• Vikings rookie MyCole Pruitt is from St. Louis, Missouri. He played DE and TE at

Kirkwood High School in St. Louis.

• Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer served as an assistant coach at Missouri from

1979-1980.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS

• Rams S Mark Barron and Vikings OL Austin Shepherd played at Alabama together in 2011.

• Rams DB Lamarcus Joyner played at Florida State with Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes from from 2010-12.

• Vikings DT Shariff Floyd and Rams CB Marcus Roberson were teammates at Florida.

• Vikings DE Justin Trattou and Rams CB Janoris Jenkins were also teammates at Florida both serving as key members of the 2008 BCS National Championship team.

• Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and Rams G Jamon Brown played together at Louisville.

• Rams P Johnny Hekker and QB Sean Mannion were teammates with Vikings DE

Scott Crichton at Oregon State in 2011.

• Vikings T T.J. Clemmings and Rams DT Aaron Donald played for Pittsburgh together from 2010-13. Clemmings and Donald were defensive linemates before Clemmings made the transition to offensive line in 2013.

• Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn and Rams TE Jared Cook played at South Carolina together from 2006-08.

• There are 6 players on the Vikings and Rams rosters from UCLA: Rams LB Akeem

Ayers (2008-10), Rams TE Cory Harkey (2008-11), Vikings P Jeff Locke (2008-12),

Vikings LS Kevin McDermott (2008-12),

VIKINGS-RAMS SERIES NOTES

• The Vikings and Rams have played 43 times overall with Minnesota holding a 25-16-2 series record.

• The Vikings and LA Rams faced each other in the 1976, '77 and '78 playoffs.

• The Vikings and Rams have played 3 OT games in series history, with the teams splitting 1-1-1 in those contests.

• The Vikings are currently 14-3-2 when hosting the Rams. The Rams won the last contest in Minnesota 41-21 in 2006 season.

• In their 2012 meeting, RB Adrian Peterson posted his third-best rushing performances of his career, finishing the game with 212 yards on way to the second-best single-season rushing effort in NFL history, finishing the season with 2,097 yards.

A WIN WOULD

• Give the Vikings their 7th consecutive win at home, the 3rd-longest streak in the NFL.

• Improve Minnesota's record to 6-2 and be the 1st time since 2012 the Vikings were 4 games above .500.

• Give the Vikings their 1st home win against St. Louis since 2005.

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