When the Vikings (9-5) host the New York Giants (6-8) on Sunday Night Football, it will be the 27th all-time regular season or postseason game between the franchises. Minnesota has won 14 of the previous meetings.
Here are 10 numbers of note for this matchup:
1 — play of at least 20 yards allowed by the Vikings defense against the Bears last week; Giants QB Eli Manning has 48 passes of 20 or more yards (tied for 10th) and 13 passes of 40 or more yards this season (tied for second) but will be without suspended receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., who has been the recipient of 18 catches of 20-plus yards, including eight of 40 or more yards (tied for league lead)
2 —return touchdowns apiece for Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson (both on kickoffs) and New York's Dwayne Harris (one kickoff, one punt); Patterson is leading the NFL with 31.1 yards per kickoff return (933 on 30 returns), and Harris ranks fourth with an average of 28.7 (631 yards on 22 returns); Harris also ranks seventh in punt return average (10.3), while Vikings PR Marcus Sherels ranks ninth (9.6); the Vikings punt coverage unit is leading the NFL (5.0 yards allowed)
4 — interceptions by Terence Newman of Manning in their double digit careers; Newman leads the Vikings with three picks this season, boosting his total to 40 over the course of 13 seasons; Manning has thrown 291 touchdowns and 196 interceptions in 12 seasons; the two have played against each other 14 previous times
5.0 — sacks this season by Vikings rookie DE Danielle Hunter, which is 2.0 more than he recorded in three seasons at LSU and leading all NFL first-year players; the Vikings are the only team in the NFL with two rookies with 4.0-plus sacks (LB Eric Kendricks has 4.0); the Giants have only allowed 21 sacks this season
6 — ranking in completion percentage (66.3) for Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater this season; Bridgewater has connected on 267 of 403 attempts for 2,964 yards, including last week's dazzling performance in which he threw four touchdowns and just three incompletions; Bridgewater was 17-of-20 passing for 231 yards and became the first Vikings QB to throw four touchdowns in a game since Brett Favre (Jan. 3, 2010 against the Giants)
26 — takeaways by the Giants (14 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries) against 17 giveaways (11 interceptions, six fumbles lost) for a plus-9 turnover margin that is fourth-best in the NFL; all nine teams that are plus-7 or better are at least four games above .500; the Vikings are plus-2 thanks to 17 takeaways (nine interceptions, eight fumbles lost) against 15 giveaways (eight interceptions, seven fumbles lost)
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28 — number of passing touchdowns allowed by the Giants, accounting for 70 percent of the six-pointers they've allowed; the Vikings have allowed 21 passing touchdowns (75 percent)
44 — first downs the Giants have obtained from opponents' penalties, the most in the NFL (Arizona is second with 40); the Vikings have been awarded 27 first downs because of penalties by opponents; New York has rushed 63 times for first downs and throw 179 times to move the chains; the Vikings have been more balances, rushing 100 times for first downs and throwing 139 times for a new set of downs
308.4 — passing yards allowed per game by the Giants, which ranks last in the NFL; Big Blue also ranks last in total yardage allowed per game (423 yards); eight opposing QBs have thrown for 300 or more yards this season, including 505 by Drew Brees; the Vikings are allowing 229.5 yards through the air (seventh fewest in NFL)
1,314 — NFL-leading rushing yards for Adrian Peterson on 286 carries, which is four more yards than the New York Giants have gained on the ground as a team; the Giants have rushed 347 times for 1,310 (3.8 per attempt); the Vikings have 1,842 rushing yards (fifth-most in the NFL) on 407 attempts (4.5 per carry)