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Second in Points Allowed, Vikings Aim to Defend the North

The Vikings (7-2) have an opportunity to defend first place in the NFC North when they host the Packers (6-3) at 3:25 p.m. (CT) on Sunday in the 110th Border Battle.

Here are 10 numbers of note about the matchup...

1 — the Vikings have vaulted to the league lead in rushing yards a game (147.2) after a 263-yard outburst in Oakland led by 203 yards from Adrian Peterson in his NFL record-tying sixth career game with 200 or more rushing yards; the Packers defense ranks 24th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (116.2)

2 — ranking for Minnesota's defense in points allowed per game (17.1); Minnesota is the only team in the league to hold all opponents to 23 points or less this season; the Packers are scoring (24.3) points per game, which is 11th in the league, and are 5-1 when they've scored 24 or more

3 — the Vikings defense is the third-best in the league and getting off the field on third downs; Minnesota is limiting opponents to a conversion rate of 32.2 (37 out of 115); the Packers offense has converted 40 out of 110 third downs (36.4 percent)

10 — special teams touchdowns by the Vikings since 2011 when Mike Priefer became Special Teams Coordinator; it's the most in the NFL in that span, and includes a 65-yard punt return TD by Marcus Sherels at Chicago and a 93-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson last week at Oakland; the Packers rank fifth in punt return average allowed (5.4 yards) and 22nd in kickoff return average allowed (25.5)

18 — touchdown runs of 40 or more yards by Adrian Peterson in regular season games, which is tied with Barry Sanders for the most in NFL history; Peterson broke open the game last week with an 80-yard TD (the fourth of his career to at least that yardage); he also has TD runs of 43 and 48 yards

39 — career interceptions by Terence Newman, which is the third-highest tally among active players and includes a pair last week against the Raiders; Newman also has two interceptions in his career against the Packers (one each on Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers) and a 58-yard fumble return for a touchdown to his credit against Green Bay

43 — tackles this season by Linval Joseph, according to press box statistics, which is the most credited to any defensive lineman in the NFL

50 — number of games this will be for Harrison Smith, who needs five tackles to become only the second player in the NFL to have 300 or more tackles, 5.0 or more sacks and 10 or more interceptions since he entered the league

133 — career tackles by Chad Greenway against the Packers in 16 games (includes postseason); he also has 2.0 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a pass defended against the longtime rivals

174 — number of first downs gained by Minnesota and Green Bay this season; although the totals are identical, the methods are quite different: the Vikings have been fairly balanced with 71 via runs, 84 on passes and 19 thanks to penalties; the Packers have 52 via runs, 100 on passes and 22 attributed to penalties

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