Vikings-Colts game scout

Get the game essentials, series history, keys to the game and numerous notes as the Vikings and Colts get set to square off.

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Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 9/14/08
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf)

22nd meeting. Colts lead series, 13-7-1. The Colts also won the only postseason meeting between the two franchises, taking a 24-14 decision in the NFL Western Conference championship game on Dec. 22, 1968. Indianapolis has won the last two meetings, 31-28 on Nov. 8, 2004 as former Colts PK Mike Vanderjagt booted a 35-yard field goal with 0:02 remaining in the game; and 31-10 on Dec. 24, 2000.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Manning admitted to some rust last Sunday after missing the entire preseason. His timing should be improved this week, but he also needs more help from the running game - which isn't an easy proposition against the Vikings. The Vikings suffered some assignment breakdowns that led to big plays by Green Bay on Monday, and look for Manning to target CB Charles Gordon and rookie SS Tyrell Johnson downfield. ... The Colts know they're going to have to tighten their run defense after getting plowed over for 183 yards by a Bears ground game led by rookie Matt Forte', but the interior of the line is thin with DT Ed Johnson out after an arrest Wednesday. With QB Tarvaris Jackson continuing to be inconsistent, the Vikings will give the ball to RBs Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor until Indianapolis proves it can stop the run. When Jackson does drop back, watch LT Artis Hicks (or backup Marcus Johnson) working against Colts DE Dwight Freeney.

FAST FACTS: Colts WR Marvin Harrison has passed James Lofton for fourth in NFL history with 14,096 career receiving yards.

  • Peterson has averaged 144.7 rushing yards in three career games against AFC teams.

  • The Colts won the only postseason meeting between the two teams, 24-14, in the 1968 Western Conference Championship.

  • Colts coach Tony Dungy has close ties to Minnesota. He was the Vikings defensive coordinator from 1992-95 and played quarterback for the University of Minnesota from 1973-76 and later served as an assistant coach with the Gophers.

  • Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield set a career-high with 16 tackles against the Colts in 2004. Three of Winfield's 20 career interceptions — including his first career INT as a rookie with the Buffalo Bills — have come against Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Winfield's only career sack during the regular season also came against Manning.

  • The Vikings have a combined regular-season record of 70-69-1 against AFC teams and are 17-18-1 against the AFC South.

  • The home team has won the last seven meetings.

  • Wide receiver Bernard Berrian, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, caught four passes for 38 yards as a member of the Chicago Bears against the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

  • Vikings 37-year-old backup quarterback Gus Frerotte made his first career start against the Colts in 1994 and earned NFC offensive player of the week honors after leading the Washington Redskins to a 41-27 victory.

  • Indianapolis' long-time offensive line coach, Howard Mudd, has undergone knee surgery to correct what was described as "an ongoing and worsening condition."

    Mudd had an eight-year NFL playing career as an offensive guard with the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears (1964-71). He was a three-time selection to the Pro Bowl and was named to the league's All-Decade team for the 1960s.

    "He's fine. Came through (the operation). He'll be off the field for a couple of weeks. He's in contact and helping to conduct the (offensive line) meetings by teleconference and working on (video) tape and game plans, etc," team president Bill Polian said.

    "His presence will be missed for the next two weeks or so. But everything's fine, both with the surgery and we were prepared to work the difficulties of not having him in the building."

    Offensive quality control coach/assistant offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars will take over Mudd's on-field coaching duties during his absence. Metzelaars was a three-time Pro Bowl alternate as a starting tight end for the Buffalo Bills.

  • Dating back to Sept. 26, 2004, the Colts have won four of their past five meetings against the NFC North.

  • Indianapolis' 24-10 record in September is the best in the NFL since 1998.

  • The Colts have win 12 of their past 13 games in September, the only loss coming last week to the Chicago Bears (29-13) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

  • Indianapolis has won 21 of its last 22 games in September and October, dating back to the 2004 season.

  • QB Peyton Manning has a 2-0 record against the Vikings and has completed 48 of 65 passes for 551 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Manning has completed 73.8 percent of his passes, career-wise, and has a quarterback efficiency rating of 132.1 against Minnesota.

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