Vikings-Jets game scout

Get the keys to the game, fast facts and injury and statistical notes for the Vikings' big game Monday night against the New York Jets.


Minnesota Vikings (1-2) at New York Jets (3-1)

KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET
GAMEDATE: 10/11/10
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: ESPN, (Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden, Michele Tafoya)


KEYS TO THE GAME

With WR Randy Moss expected to play, the Vikings now have the vertical outside threat they need to allow Percy Harvin to play the slot, where his versatility is put to better use. And stretching the defense will only make RB Adrian Peterson more explosive as the Jets will have to pick their poison. Moss will likely be shadowed by CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), who returns after missing a game and last week said Moss didn't always play 100 percent during their Week 2 matchup against New England.

Jets QB Mark Sanchez has thrown eight touchdown passes over the past three games and gets WR Santonio Holmes back from suspension to add another downfield weapon. Sanchez's ability to keep moving the offense will be key as the Vikings allow just 3.6 yards per carry and back quarterbacks into consistent third-and-long situations. Minnesota's pass defense has improved with the returns of CB Cedric Griffin.

FAST FACTS

The Vikings have won a Monday night game in each of the past five seasons. ... Vikings QB Brett Favre needs one touchdown pass to become the first player with 500. ... The Jets are 4-0 all-time against Minnesota at home.

NOTES

  • CB Chris Cook will not play after having arthroscopic surgery to repair a slightly torn meniscus in his knee.

  • QB Brett Favre was limited Friday and Saturday because of inflammation in his right elbow and an ankle injury. The ankle issue comes from the offseason surgery Favre had. The elbow is a bit more of a concern because it involves his throwing arm. Favre said he is not "overly concerned" about the arm.

  • LT Bryant McKinnie continues to be listed on the injury report because of a finger injury but is not missing any practice time.

  • TE Visanthe Shiancoe was limited in practice because of an injury to his right hamstring. He is expected to play Monday night.

  • C John Sullivan was limited in practice Thursday because of an injury to his left calf. His status for Monday night's game against the Jets in New York is uncertain.

  • Jets LB Jamaal Westerman (ankle) returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis after missing the Buffalo win. It was the first time he had practiced since suffering the injury at Miami on Sept. 26, and his status for the Minnesota game still is uncertain. Westerman is a key special teams player for the Jets.

  • All other Jets on the injury report are expected to play.

  • Favre needs 74 yards passing to become the first player in NFL history to pass for 70,000 yards.

  • Favre will be facing the Jets for the first time since he played for the franchise during the 2008 season. New York got off to an 8-3 start that year but then lost four of its last five and failed to make the playoffs. Favre, who was bothered by a partially torn biceps in his throwing arm, retired in February 2009 but eventually returned to play for the Vikings.

  • The Vikings' only victory over the Jets came on Oct. 12, 1975, when they beat New York, 29-21, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn.

  • The Vikings will be happy to be playing in the New Meadowlands. They never beat the Jets in their former home, going 0-4 at the Meadowlands against them.

  • The Vikings have played the second fewest games out of any NFL team against the Jets, only having met them eight times since 1970.

  • Visanthe Shiancoe needs only six yards receiving to move into fourth place all-time among Vikings tight ends. Shiancoe's 1,654 yards trails Jermaine Wiggins.

  • LB E.J. Henderson had 10 solo tackles, three assists and recovered a fumble in the Vikings' loss to the Jets in 2006.

  • The Vikings hold a 3-8 record against the AFC East during the month of October and are 16-23 against the East all-time.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 499 — Touchdown passes by Brett Favre, putting him one away from becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for 500.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't think any of us thought that this guy was going to be available. You may lobby (but) it's like a wish list. You could probably say that about (Houston wide receiver) Andre Johnson and all the other good receivers in the league. I don't think anybody ever thought about it." — Vikings coach Brad Childress when asked if quarterback Brett Favre lobbied for the team to acquire Randy Moss.

    SERIES HISTORY: 9th regular-season meeting. Jets lead series, 7-1. York has won six in a row dating to the 1979 season. The Vikings' only win in the series was in 1975.


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