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Vikings Pass D, Falcons Air Attack on Collision Course

The Vikings (7-3) visit the Falcons (6-4) at noon (CT) Sunday in a matchup that is sure to loom large in the race to the playoffs. Minnesota will look to rebound after its five-game win streak was snapped, and Atlanta will try to snap a three-game skid in the 29th meeting between the franchises that first played in the Falcons inaugural 1966 season.

Here are 10 numbers of note about this week's matchup:

4 — NFL ranking in attempts (403), completions (264) and yards (2,982) by Atlanta QB Matt Ryan, who ranks 19th in passer rating; Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has been asked to throw the ball much less (118 completions on 291 attempts for 2,106 yards) and is 21st in passer rating

5 — games with 100 or more rushing yards by Adrian Peterson this season, the most in the NFL and highlighted by 203 at Oakland two weeks ago; Peterson leads the NFL with 1,006 yards rushing on the season; Falcons RB Devonta Freeman and three other players have four games of 100-plus rushing yards this season

6 — NFL ranking in pass defense (224.8 yards allowed per game) for Minnesota, which also ranks ninth in total defense (334.9 yards allowed per game); Atlanta ranks fifth in passing offense (287.0 yards per game) and fourth in total offense (399.5 yards per game)

9 — rushing touchdowns for Freeman, the most in the NFL; he also has two TD catches and 420 yards on 48 receptions; Peterson leads the Vikings with six rushing TDs

44.4 — percentage of touchdowns allowed by Minnesota when opponents reach the red zone (12 scores on 27 possessions inside the 20-yard line), which ranks fifth; Atlanta has scored touchdowns 62.2 percent of the time it has had the ball in the red zone (23 scores on 37 trips)

51 — tackles credited to Linval Joseph, which is the most (awarded from press box totals) in the NFL by a defensive lineman; Joseph has been credited with eight tackles for loss and 26 quarterback hurries by Vikings coaches

78 — punt return yards allowed by the Vikings all season on 18 that have been returned (4.3 average); that will be challenged this week by Eric Weems, who has averaged 12.0 yards per return (third-best average in the league)

89 — receptions by Falcons receiver Julio Jones, which is the most in the NFL by 10 catches; Jones also leads the NFL with 1,189 yards; he is averaging 13.4 yards per catch; Jones had six for 82 against Minnesota last season

106 — receiving yards by Kyle Rudolph against Green Bay, which was a career high and is the sixth most by a Vikings tight end in franchise history; Rudolph's big day featured a career-long 47-yard TD

141.9 — rushing yards per game by Minnesota, which ranks third in the NFL; Atlanta has allowed 87.4 rush yards per game, which is the stingiest in the league

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