Vikings-Jets Snapshot

In a game of seemingly evenly matched teams, it could be a contest of ball control or turnovers when the New York Jets travel to the Minnesota Vikings. We break down the series history, rankings, keys to the game and fast facts.

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Houston Texans (4-9) at New England Patriots (9-4)
Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5) at Tennessee Titans (6-7)
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New York Jets (7-6) at Minnesota Vikings (6-7)

Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 12/17/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf


8th meeting. The Jets lead the all-time series 6-1, winning the most recent meeting 20-7 on Oct. 20, 2002 at Giants Stadium. The Vikings have never won a game against the Jets either in Shea Stadium or Giants Stadium and are 1-2 vs. the Jets at home.


offense 25th (17th rush, 22nd pass); defense 27th (26th rush, 16th pass).

Vikings: offense 14th (11th rush, 16th pass); defense 4th (1st rush, 27th pass)


Ideally, the Jets like to show some form of a ground attack to set up play-action for QB Chad Pennington. But that might not be possible with a weak ground game working against the Vikings' top-rated run defense. Like many of Minnesota's recent opponents, the Jets are likely to spread the field and attempt to move the chains with the short and intermediate passing games.

Vikings RB Chester Taylor expects to play after missing a game with bruised ribs, and along with backup Artose Pinner will pound away at the Jets' 3-4 run defense that still struggles against the run at times. But if New York can contain the run and pressure QB Brad Johnson, the Jets might be able to produce the turnovers they need in order to provide shorter fields for their offense.


Jets: Pennington needs 502 passing yards to establish a new single-season career high (3,120, 2002). ... DE Bryan Thomas has at least one sack in five of the past six games.

Vikings: Defense is allowing 54.1 rushing yards per game. The single-season record is 47.2, set by the 1942 Chicago Bears. ... Have produced 11 turnovers the past two games.

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