Vikings-Jaguars game scout

Get the series history, keys to the game and fast facts as the Vikings prepare to visit Jacksonville.

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Minnesota Vikings (5-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/23/08
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX (Chris Rose, John Lynch, Krista Voda)

SERIES


4th regular-season meeting. The Vikings lead the series, 2-1, with all the games having been played at the Metrodome. The Vikings beat the Jaguars 50-10 in 1998 and 27-16 in 2004 and lost 33-3 in 2001.

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Vikings should be able to come out with their physical offensive line and set the tone against a Jaguars defense that allows 113.2 rushing yards per game. Minnesota wants to control the clock and RB Adrian Peterson will be the centerpiece after not getting a single touch in the fourth quarter last week. The key for Jacksonville's defense is to slow Peterson and then bait QB Gus Frerotte into a few turnovers.

The Jaguars have shown signs of getting their running game untracked in recent weeks, along with improved play on the interior of their line. But making significant headway against the Vikings' second-ranked run defense and DTs Kevin and Pat Williams will be difficult. Minnesota doesn't give up many big passes and averages a sack once every 12.6 pass plays, so QB David Garrard is going to have to move the offense patiently with a lot of quick passes.

FAST FACTS

  • Mike Tice, the Jaguars' assistant head coach and tight ends coach, was the Vikings head coach from the final game of the 2001 season through 2005. He was fired shortly after the Vikings beat Chicago in the 2005 regular-season finale. Tice, a tight end who played for the Vikings in 1992-93 and again in 1995, had a 33-34 overall record in his time as the Vikings coach.

  • Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio led the Vikings in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1992-94). The former linebacker played in the Pro Bowl following the 1994 season.

  • WR Troy Williamson, the seventh-overall pick in the 2005 draft by the Vikings, was dealt to Jacksonville for a sixth-round draft pick during the offseason. Williamson has great speed, but his inability to hold onto the football eventually led to the end of his tenure in Minnesota.

  • DE Jared Allen had four tackles and 11/2 sacks against Jacksonville on Oct. 7, 2007, as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Allen also had a sack on Oct. 17, 2004, against the Jaguars.

  • S Darren Sharper had six tackles and returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown against the Jaguars on Dec. 19, 2004, when he was playing for the Green Bay Packers.

  • DT Kevin Williams had a sack and scored on a 77-yard fumble return in the Vikings' 27-16 victory over the Jaguars on Nov. 28, 2004.

  • The Vikings posted an impressive 50-10 victory over the Jaguars on Dec. 20, 1998, in the first-ever meeting between these franchises. That was the Vikings' final regular-season game at home that year and improved the team to 14-1. It also marked the final time the Vikings scored 50 points in a game and one of only six games in franchise history that the team scored 50 points.

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