By the Numbers

Some news, tidbits, nuggets and things to look for as the Vikings meet the Broncos in the regular-season finale.

A look at today's Vikings-Broncos game, by the numbers:


  • The Vikings are 8-1 when scoring 20 points or more and 0-6 when they fail to score 20 points. The lone loss when scoring 20-plus came last week in a 32-21 loss to the Redskins.

  • The Vikings have scored 29 or more points five times this year and are 5-0 in those games. They've allowed 29 or more three times and went 1-2.

  • Because the Vikings were forced to pass for much of the second half for the first time since Week 2, the Vikings have more first downs passing (129) than rushing (125).

  • The biggest problem of the Vikings' offense this year has been on third down. Of 186 third-down chances on offense, the Vikings have converted just 62 – one out of every three. Only the 49ers have been worse at converting third downs.

  • Unless the Vikings hold the ball for 38 minutes or more of today's game, they will finish the season with less time of possession than their opponents despite rushing more than 100 times more often this season. The situation is even worse for the Broncos, who would have to hold the ball for more than 48 minutes to get the season-long time of possession in their favor.

  • Through 15 games, the Vikings defense has allowed one more yard (5,048) than the Vikings offense has generated (5,047) – a difference of a little more than two inches a game.

  • The Vikings are only nine yards away from allowing 4,000 passing yards this season.

  • The Vikings and their opponents have each punted 77 times.

  • The Vikings offense has scored 32 touchdowns – 22 rushing and 10 passing. The defense has allowed 27 TDs – 20 passing and seven rushing.

  • The Vikings have outscored their opponents in every quarter this year – 82-63 in the first, 104-96 in the second, 66-57 in the third and 94-73 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

  • Chester Taylor has one more rushing touchdown this year (7) than he did last year when he set a franchise record for carries in a season. Despite that, he's six behind Adrian Peterson's 13 TDs.

  • The last Viking to have 13 touchdowns in a season was Randy Moss the year before he was traded. In the two years that followed, the Vikings TD leaders were Koren Robinson with five in 2005 and Taylor with six last year.

  • Despite being out for three weeks, nobody has passed Ray Edwards for the lead in sacks with five. Kenechi Udeze is tied with him at five and Brian Robison remains stuck at 4.5. Linebacker Ben Leber is now one sack from tying for the team lead.

  • Peterson and Taylor are both still averaging well over five yards a carry and will finish the season both above five yards a carry. The Vikings have never had two running backs average more than five yards a carry in a season.

  • Peterson is likely to break the franchise record for average yards per rushing attempt in a season held by Robert Smith (5.5 in 1997). Taylor has a chance to bump out Smith's second-best total of 5.2 yards in 2000 – potentially sending him from first and second in the team record books to second and fourth in the same day.

  • The Vikings are averaging 31 rushes a game, as opposed to 23 by Vikings opponents. On the flip side, Vikings opponents are averaging 41 passes a game, as opposed to 27 by the Vikings.

  • Bobby Wade needs one catch to hit 50 for the season. He already is having a career year for receptions and yards. His previous highs were 42 catches and 481 yards in 2004 with the Bears.

  • Wade has 150 career receptions, but just three touchdowns.

  • If Sidney Rice doesn't play much Sunday, the battle for second on the team in receptions could be pretty tight. Rice has 31 catches, but both Robert Ferguson and Visanthe Shiancoe have 27, and Taylor has 26.

  • In three seasons as a Viking, Troy Williamson has 80 receptions for 1,067 yards and three touchdowns.

  • The Vikings have returned six interceptions for touchdowns and, of the seven players with picks, only Leber and Charles Gordon haven't scored a TD.

  • Don't hold your breath on a game-changing punt return. Vikings punt returners have fielded 45 punts – 19 of them having a fair catch called. Their opponents have fielded 47 punts and called six fair catches. Denver has returned just 21 punts while calling 17 fair catches.

  • It might not be a good idea to try a field goal of 50-plus yards unless absolutely necessary. Ryan Longwell is 1 of 4 from 50 and beyond and Vikings opponents of 1 of 3. Broncos opponents are 2 of 6 kicking field goals of 50+.

  • The Broncos have to be feeling a little travel-weary. They've had played at home just once in the last five weeks – dating back to before Thanksgiving.

  • Denver has been outrushed by almost 200 yards this season by their opponents.
    Aside from the first quarter, the Broncos have been outscored in the remaining three, giving up 100 points in the second, 114 in the third and 108 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

  • Brandon Marshall needs eight catches to reach 100 for the season.

  • The Vikings are tied for No. 13 on offense (1st rushing, 28th passing) and 19th on defense (1st rushing, 32nd passing). The Broncos are 9th on offense (9th rushing, 13th passing) and 18th on defense (30th rushing, 7th passing).

  • The Vikings are third in the league with 16 defensive fumble recoveries – behind only the Buccaneers (18) and the Lions (17).

  • After having the running game stymied the last couple of weeks, the Vikings finally have more yards passing (2,585) than rushing (2,462).

  • The Vikings and Texans are tied with 5,047 total yards of offense.

  • The defenses have been nearly identical in yards allowed. Denver has allowed 5,044 yards on defense, while the Vikings have allowed 5,048.

  • Only two teams – the 49ers and Bills – have made fewer trips into the red zone than the Vikings, but 12 teams have scored fewer touchdowns.

  • The Vikings are fourth in the league in TD percentage when the team reaches the red zone, scoring on 62.5 percent of their opportunities. The Broncos are 22nd in that category, scoring TDs on 47.9 percent of their red zone chances.

  • The Vikings have scored just seven field goals from the red zone – the lowest total in the league.

  • Only two teams – the Dolphins and Lions – have allowed more red zone TDs than Denver.

  • The Vikings have more rushing first downs (125) than any team in the league, but are 31st in first downs gained passing (129) – ahead of only the Raiders.

  • The Vikings have allowed the least number of first downs on defense via the run (61), but are ranked 31st in both first downs allowed via the pass and third-down attempts through the air (222).

  • The Broncos are 29th in the league in first downs picked up by rushing (113).

  • The Broncos are 31st in the league for average starting position of drives, ahead of only the Chiefs.

  • The Vikings still don't have a 300-yard passing game, while Jay Cutler has two to his credit. Defensively, the Vikings have allowed five 300-yard passers, while Denver has allowed just two.

  • The Vikings haven't had a 100-yard receiver, while Denver has done it six times. Both teams have allowed four opposing players to top 100 yards receiving.
    * The Vikings have had eight 100-yard rushers (A.P. six times and Taylor twice), while the Broncos have had four. The Vikings have allowed just one opponent to rush for 100 yards, while the Broncos have allowed six rushers to top the century mark.

  • Tarvaris Jackson hasn't exactly lit the league on fire. He is 26th in attempts, 28th in completions, 25th in completion percentage, 27th in passing yards, 22nd in average gain, 29th in TD passes, 28th in TD percentage, 29th in interception percentage and 30th in passer rating.

  • Cutler has been brutal in the fourth quarter, rated No. 33 with a passer rating of just 67.1 – more than six rating points behind T-Jack.

  • Peterson needs just 12 yards rushing to pass Willie Parker for second place in the league, but leads Brian Westbrook by just 14 yards for the NFC lead. A.P. is 113 yards behind LaDainian Tomlinson for the league rushing title.

  • Taylor has more yards (761) than anyone on the Broncos and leading rusher Travis Henry is ranked 26th in the league with 691 yards.

  • Wade is tied for 56th in the league for receptions with 49, while Marshall is tied for fifth with 92 catches.

  • Peterson's 13 touchdowns put him sixth in the league and third among running backs behind only L.T. and Joseph Addai.

  • Ryan Longwell needs just four points to hit 100 for the season.

  • Peterson is third in the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,573 – 313 yards behind Tomlinson for second and 428 behind league leader Brian Westbrook. He is only 53 yards ahead of Clinton Portis to hold on to third place.

  • Peterson and Portis are tied for fourth in first downs picked up with 74.

  • With 20 kick returns, Aundrae Allison is now officially in the books for return numbers and leads the NFC and is second in the NFL with a 28.7-yard average.

  • With one game to play, Chad Greenway is tied for the NFL lead with four defensive fumble recoveries.


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