Vikings-Eagles game scout

If the Vikings are to have a chance to win at Philadelphia, Adrian Peterson is going to have be an integral part of the game plan.

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Minnesota Vikings (5-9) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-4)

KICKOFF: 8:20 ET, NBC, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Andrea Kremer
GAMEDATE: 12/26/10
SURFACE: Field Turf
TV: NBC, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Andrea Kremer

KEYS TO THE GAME Vikings RB Adrian Peterson should return from his knee and ankle issues. Rookie QB Joe Webb or newly signed Patrick Ramsey aren't equipped to keep pace with the Eagles, so Minnesota must sustain drives and grind down the clock with Brett Favre (concussion) doubtful. Eagles QB Michael Vick has six turnovers in his past five games, and big plays on defense are Minnesota's best shot of keeping the game within reach.


  • The Vikings have lost their past six games at Philadelphia, where they last won in 1985.

  • Eagles CB Dimitri Patterson was beaten for three touchdown passes last week.


  • The Vikings haven't won a road game against the Eagles since 1985 when they actually met twice in the regular season. Minnesota beat Philadelphia 28-23 on Dec. 1 that year and lost 37-35 at the Metrodome on Dec. 22.

  • Philadelphia has won five of the past six games between these teams, dating to 2002 when the Eagles started a five-game winning streak against the Vikings with a 48-17 victory.

  • The Vikings and Eagles have met twice in NFC Divisional Playoff games and once in NFC Wild Card playoffs. The last time they played in the postseason in Philadelphia was in the 2004 NFC Divisional round when the Eagles cruised to a 27-14 victory.

  • CB Antoine Winfield had 11 tackles, including nine solo, and three pass deflections in a 23-16 loss to the Eagles on Oct. 28, 2007 at the Metrodome.

  • RB Adrian Peterson, who did not play last Monday against Chicago because of a bruised knee, needs one rushing touchdown to tie the Vikings record for the most career rushing scores. Peterson has 51 in 58 games, putting him behind Chuck Foreman and Bill Brown.

  • Peterson can continue to climb higher in the top 10 in NFL history for the most rushing yards in the first four seasons. He has 5,633 rushing yards, which ranks eighth and trails Barry Sander's 5,674 for seventh, Emmitt Smith's 5,699 for sixth and Jamal Lewis' 5,763 for fifth.

  • If QB Brett Favre starts on Sunday he can break the NFL record for the most starts after turning 40 years old. Favre has started 25 games since turning 40 and is tie with Warren Moon and Vinny Testaverde.

  • P Chris Kluwe can set the team record for the most games with a 50-yard punt on Sunday. He is currently tied with Greg Coleman for the most in franchise history with 68.


  • The Eagles did an effective job of shutting down the Giants' ground game Sunday. The Giants, who had averaged 181.7 rushing yards per game the previous three games, were held to 100 yards on 31 carries. In two games against the Giants, the Eagles held them to 161 yards on 50 carries (3.2 yards per carry). The Giants had just one double-digit run, an 11-yarder by Brandon Jacobs. In the last 10 games, the Eagles have given up just 18 runs of 10 yards or more.

  • Eagles quarterback Michael Vick on Vikings QB Brett Favre: "First ballot Hall of Famer, to sum it all up. First ballot regardless of how it all ended. It's about what he's been to the game, what he's done for the game. Things he's been able to accomplish. He's a great man, person, the personality he has. He's a dynamic football player. He's paved the way for so many others. A lot of people want to be like him. They want to emulate what he's done. It's a long way to be able to play 20 years and accomplish all the things that he's accomplished — win the Super Bowl, two-time MVP. It's awesome."

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