Must-win matchup loaded with challenges

Laura gives us a look at the numbers behind tonight's Vikings - Packers battle...

Does a defense ranked near the bottom of the league stand a chance against Randy Moss and the Minnesota Vikings' high-powered offense? The numbers paint a dreary picture for the Pack (3-4) as they face the Vikings (6-1) in a Sunday night ESPN matchup at 7:30 p.m. But don't count the Packers out.  Green Bay brings its own formidable offense, along with an intangible edge – a team with its back against the wall often proves to be a very dangerous opponent.

Here's a look inside the numbers for tonight's North Division showdown.

All-time series: The Packers could tie up their franchise record vs. the Vikes with a win tonight. Minnesota leads the all-time series 42-41-1.

Road record: Since the Vikings moved into the H.H.H. Metrodome, the Packers are a dismal 8-13 vs. the Vikes on the road. Green Bay's last victory there was a 33-28 nail-biter on Dec. 17, 2000.

Last time: The Vikings beat the Packers 30-25 on Sept. 7, ruining the Packers' 2003 opener in refurbished Lambeau Field.

Packers stats: Offense – 5th overall, 4th rushing, 13th passing; Defense – 30th overall, 19th vs. rush, 29th vs. pass.

Vikings stats: Offense – 2nd overall, 9th rushing, 6th passing. Defense _ 25th overall, 9th vs. rush, 28th vs. pass.

Turnover ratio: Green Bay is minus-4, Minnesota is an NFC-best plus-12.

Packers etc.: Ahman Green is likely to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark tonight, as he needs just 37 yards to become the second Packer to record four 1,000-yard seasons (Jim Taylor had five from 1960-64). Green leads the league with 58 first downs and is second among NFC rushers with 963 yards.

Vikings etc.: Moss will be looking for his 12th 100-yard receiving game vs. Green Bay … QB Daunte Culpepper is the NFL's top rated field general with a 105.7 rating.

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