Vikings-Broncos Snapshot

The Vikings need a win and a Washington loss to make the playoffs, and they need Tarvaris Jackson to step up his game to control their part of the equation.

New England Patriots (16-0) at New York Giants (10-5)
Buffalo Bills (7-8) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-8)
Carolina Panthers (6-9) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6)
Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Miami Dolphins (1-14)
Detroit Lions (7-8) at Green Bay Packers (12-3)
Jacksonville Jaguars (11-4) at Houston Texans (7-8)
New Orleans Saints (7-8) at Chicago Bears (6-9)
Seattle Seahawks (10-5) at Atlanta Falcons (3-12)
San Francisco 49ers (5-10) at Cleveland Browns (9-6)
Dallas Cowboys (13-2) at Washington Redskins (8-7)
Kansas City Chiefs (4-11) at New York Jets (3-12)
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-11)
San Diego Chargers (10-5) at Oakland Raiders (4-11)
St. Louis Rams (3-12) at Arizona Cardinals (7-8)
Tennessee Titans (9-6) at Indianapolis Colts (13-2)

Minnesota Vikings (8-7) at Denver Broncos (6-9)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 12/30/07


12th meeting. Vikings lead series, 7-4, although seven of the 11 games have been decided by five points or less. Minnesota has a 3-2 record in Denver.


The Vikings need to win and have Washington lose to reach the playoffs. Just as important, they need QB Tarvaris Jackson to start hurting opponents for loading up with eight- and nine-man fronts against Peterson and Chester Taylor. That won't be an easy task against arguably the league's best tandem in Broncos CBs Champ Bailey and Dre' Bly.

The Broncos' offensive line has not played well down the stretch, and Denver could struggle to move the ball on the ground against the league's top run defense. QB Jay Cutler has taken a lot of shots, but he is playing as well as anyone on the offense and should be able to do some damage against the Vikings' secondary.


Vikings: CB Antoine Winfield (pectoral strain) and WR Sidney Rice (ankle sprain) are uncertain.

Broncos: Cutler (knee) has been limited in practice, but should play; WR Brandon Stokley (knee) and TE Daniel Graham (ankle) won't play unless they're close to full strength; LB Ian Gold (knee) is likely to miss his second straight game.


Peterson (1,305 rushing yards) seeks to become the first rookie to lead the NFC since Detroit's Barry Sanders in 1989.

Broncos rookie RB Selvin Young needs 83 yards to reach 1,000 combined.

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