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Vikings Missing 4 of 5 Leading Tacklers vs. Cardinals Top-Scoring Offense

The Vikings (8-4) visit the Cardinals (10-2) at 7:25 p.m. (CT) today in Arizona for a marquee matchup that is certain to affect position in the NFC Playoffs for these teams and others. Here's 10 numbers of note about the game:

3 — positive margin in turnover ratio for Minnesota and Arizona so far this season; the Vikings have 15 takeaways (eight interceptions; seven fumble recoveries) and 12 giveaways (eight interceptions, four fumbles lost); the Cardinals have 2NFL2 takeaways (16 interceptions and six fumble recoveries), compared to 19 giveaways (nine interceptions and 10 fumbles lost)

4 — defensive starters the Vikings have ruled out, including defensive tackle Linval Joseph, linebacker Anthony Barr and safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo (click here to read more about roster moves the Vikings made this week to counteract the shortages at safety); the players are four of the team's top five leading tacklers

5 — number of games in which Adrian Peterson has rushed for three touchdowns in his career; the most recent was Oct. 9, 2011 in a 34-10 Vikings home win; Peterson has eight TDs this season and leads the NFL with 1,182 rushing yards

7.5 — sacks this season for Everson Griffen, an Arizona native who leads the Vikings and has recorded 1.0 sacks in each of the past three games; the Vikings have 27 sacks on the season and have taken 35; the Cardinals have recorded 21 sacks, led by 3.0 from Dwight Freeney, and have taken three

31.1 — average on kickoff returns this season by Cordarrelle Patterson, who had a 101-yard return touchdown against Seattle, to go along with a 93-yard score at Oakland earlier this season; Patterson set the franchise high mark for return average in 2013 when he averaged 32.4 per return; the Vikings lead the NFL with an average drive start of the 25.3 yard line after opponent kickoffs

47.1 — percentage of touchdowns allowed by the Vikings when a team reaches the Minnesota 20-yard line (16 TDs out of 34 trips), which is fifth-stingiest in the NFL; Arizona's offense has scored TDs 60.8 percent of the time it reaches the red zone (31 TDs on 51 trips)

121.8 — Carson Palmer's passer rating on third downs, which ranks second in the NFL; Palmer has completed 71 of 109 passes for 1,032 yards with 11 touchdowns against two interceptions; the 12-year pro's performance on the NFL's most critical down is a significant reason he's being mentioned in talks for MVP; Teddy Bridgewater ranks 16th in the NFL with a rating of 86.4 on third downs this season

232 — points allowed by the Vikings and Cardinals this season, which is tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL; Minnesota has scored 238, and Arizona has put up an NFL-best 382

419.5 — yards netted per game average for the Cardinals, which leads the NFL, and is nearly 65 more than the league average; the Vikings are averaging 315.8; Arizona has allowed 316.8 per game, and Minnesota has allowed 342.3 per outing

1974 — the last time the Vikings won five consecutive road games in a single season; it's also the last time the Cardinals (then in St. Louis) won seven games in a row; the franchises met in the preseason, regular season and playoffs that year, with the Vikings claiming all three matchups

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