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10 Vikings-Packers Numbers of Note: Rivals Prepare for 119th Border Battle

EAGAN, Minn. — A lot has happened since the Vikings and Packers first meeting of 2019.

Minnesota fell short in the Border Battle in Week 2 but has lost just three games since then as it prepares to host Green Bay for a Monday Night Football showdown at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings (10-4) would be in the playoffs if the season ended today and can clinch if the Rams lose Saturday at San Francisco or with a win; the Packers (11-3) already have secured a playoff berth and are the projected No. 2 seed in the NFC., while the Vikings are the projected No. 6 seed.

While the chances of coming from behind and taking the division are small, the possibility remains. If Minnesota wins its final two games against Green Bay and Chicago, respectively, and if the Packers lose to – or tie – the Lions in Week 17, the Vikings would earn the NFC North title.

Here's a look at 10 numbers of note heading into Monday's matchup:

119 – Sunday will mark the 119th overall meeting between the teams, a series that includes a split of two playoff games. Minnesota is 54-61-3 all-time against the Packers.

4 – The Vikings currently rank fourth in the NFL with 135.9 rushing yards per game. They are behind the Ravens (202.1), 49ers (147.0) and Seahawks (141.7). The Packers are averaging 106.5 yards on the ground, which ranks 17th in the league.

0.42 – Thanks to QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay tops the league with an interception rate of just 0.42 percent. Rodgers has thrown just two picks this season; his last interception was against the Lions in Week 6.

180 – Speaking of Rodgers, Monday will mark his 180th career game. Of those games, 22 have been against Minnesota. Rodgers is 12-8-1 in 21 starts in the Border Battle. He has thrown for 5,259 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions against the NFC North rival.

17.9 – Vikings WR Stefon Diggs leads Minnesota in receiving yards with 1,073, marking his second consecutive season with more than 1,000. He is averaging an impressive 17.9 yards per catch (fourth in NFL).

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Packers.

111.1 – Kirk Cousins will enter Monday's game with a passer rating of 111.1. In his second season with Minnesota, Cousins is 291-of-413 passing for 3,481 yards, with 25 touchdowns and five interceptions. Cousins' passer rating is almost 10 points higher than his best in a single season (101.6 in 2015 with Washington).

47.5 – The Vikings defense ranks fourth in the NFL in red zone percentage, having allowed teams to score on just 47.5 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line. They rank eighth in goal-to-go (63.2).

11.5 – Packers linebacker Preston Smith leads Green Bay with 11.5 sacks on the season. Just behind him is fellow linebacker Za'Darius Smith, who has 10 QB takedowns.

21 – Green Bay is 4-0 thus far in division games, having won those four games by a combined 21 points. The Packers have defeated the Bears (7), Vikings (5), Lions (1) and Bears (8), respectively and will finish out their season with games against Minnesota and Detroit.

270 – In the Vikings and Packers first meeting this season, leading rushers Dalvin Cook (Minnesota) and Aaron Jones (Green Bay) combined for 270 yards on the ground and a touchdown apiece. Cook racked up 154 yards, while Jones had 116.

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