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Carolina Panthers (2-7) at Detroit Lions (6-3)
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-6)
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Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Miami Dolphins (2-7)
Oakland Raiders (5-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-7)
Seattle Seahawks (3-6) at St. Louis Rams (2-7)
Arizona Cardinals (3-6) at San Francisco 49ers (8-1)
Tennessee Titans (5-4) at Atlanta Falcons (5-4)
San Diego Chargers (4-5) at Chicago Bears (6-3)
Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) at New York Giants (6-3)
Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) at New England Patriots (6-3)
Oakland Raiders (5-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-7)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
KEYS TO THE GAME: Minus CB Antoine Winfield and ranked 30th against the pass, the Vikings would appear easy pickings for Raiders QB Carson Palmer to build on the downfield passing game he worked so productively against San Diego. But Minnesota still has an excellent pass rush that can flip games. The Raiders' run defense is spotty and that's where the Vikings must attack heavily with RB Adrian Peterson out of the gate. Stay close, own time of possession and win the turnover battle and they stand a chance.
FAST FACTS: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and Raiders coach Hue Jackson were assistants on Marvin Lewis' Bengals staff in 2004. ... The Vikings have sold out 140 consecutive games.
SERIES HISTORY: 13th regular-season meeting. Raiders lead series, 8-4. The Vikings are 3-3 at home, including 2-3 at the Metrodome. The most historic meeting between these two teams, of course, was Super Bowl XI, when the Raiders beat the Vikings 32-14.
It's been a long short week for Vikings defensive backs coach Joe Woods.
A secondary devastated by injury, legal trouble and ineffective play is testing Woods' coaching ability as the Vikings prepare to face a well-rested Raiders team at home following a Monday night debacle at Green Bay.
With his best player, cornerback Antoine Winfield, going on injured reserve because of a broken clavicle, Woods spent extra time on the field working with cornerbacks Benny Sapp and Brandon Burton after Wednesday's walk-through and full-pads practice. Sapp, a Viking in 2008 and 2009, is a 30-year-old veteran who hasn't played since the Dolphins released him the day after their season opener. Burton is a fifth-round draft pick that's spent most of the season on the inactive list.
"Benny has good retention of the defense from having been here before," defensive coordinator Fred Pagac said. ""I could see him playing some at the nickel position (on Sunday). Him and (Marcus) Sherels possibly splitting time there. We'll see how (Sapp) is moving around, what kind of shape he's in, things of that nature."
If Sapp's conditioning level is good, he'll handle the bulk of the nickel duties. More than likely, he'll split time with Sherels.
Burton isn't expected to play a significant role defensively this week. But considering the team's luck in the secondary this year, that could change quickly.
Besides Winfield's season-ending injury after playing just five games this year, Chris Cook is expected to remain in exile the remainder of the season or longer as he battles a domestic assault charge. Meanwhile, free safety Husain Abdullah is looking at the possibility of not playing this week because he suffered his second concussion in four weeks.
The Vikings are considering resting Abdullah even if he passes his league-mandated third-party medical exam. After all, the team is playing on a short week.
The Raiders, meanwhile, come in having not played in 10 days. They bring with them an offense that's second in the league in fewest sacks per pass play. And while quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (five), he's also stretching the field with a 9.83-yard average per attempt.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson admits he's a fan of Raiders RB Darren McFadden.
"He's a tremendous talent," Peterson said. "There's not too many guys that I watch or I'm excited to watch, but he's one of those guys. Ever since (he was at) Arkansas, I watched him and praised his style of play.
"He's a north-and-south player, has great speed, athletic, catches the ball well. Just like me, I'm sure there are things he'd like to improve on. He's a guy that I respect and I like the way he runs the ball. I can't say that about a lot of other backs."
"He jumps out on film," Veldheer said. "He is really tearing it up right now. He is a great all-around player, especially against the pass but against the run, too. A high-motor guy."
Depth in the secondary became an issue, and Sheppard was brought back. He started against San Diego and played well enough to earn another start.
"They were dedicated to their young personnel and the way things worked out, they were able to bring me back because of issues with depth," Sheppard said. "I knew what I brought to the table and I definitely understood them bringing me back."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Their defense doesn't play like their record. They may have the defensive MVP of the league in Jared Allen. Their linebackers run downhill and stop the run. So it's kind of deceiving." -- Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer on the Vikings, who have a 2-7 record.