A breakdown of the where the Vikings and Jaguars stand in numerous statistical categories before a game that can be considered "must-win" for both teams.
The Vikings have had their share of struggles this season, riding a roller coaster to a 5-5 start. A win at Jacksonville may be necessary if the Vikings want to win the NFC North, which appears to be the only way a division team will make the postseason.
Following this week's game, the Vikings will host Chicago on Sunday night, which has all the makings of a must-win game since the Vikings have already lost to the Bears this season. Following the Vikings game, Chicago will play its next three games at home, where they have clearly been a much better team.
If the Vikings are going to win the NFC North, beating Jacksonville today is almost required. A loss would drop the Vikings to 5-6 and make the Bears game a potential season-ender if they lose.
Much has been made this week about the Jaguars being a desperate team in need of a win, but the same can be said about the Vikings. A loss today could be crippling to their chances of winning the division title.
VIKINGS-JAGUARS BY THE NUMBERS
The Vikings have the league's 15th-rated offense (fourth rushing, 23rd passing) and the 10th-ranked defense (second rushing, 21st passing). Jacksonville has the 23rd-ranked offense (11th rushing, 21st passing) and the 18th-ranked defense (20th rushing, 18th passing).
The Vikings are fifth in the league, averaging 4.5 yards per rushing attempt. The Jaguars are 16th at 4.1 yards per carry.
The Jaguars do a good job of protecting the ball offensively. David Garrard is sixth in the league in interception percentage, while the Vikings' quarterbacks are 28th.
Both QBs are susceptible to sacks – the Jags are 21st in sacks per pass play offensively, while the Vikings are 25th.
Neither team is especially good on third-down conversions – Minnesota ranks 22nd and Jacksonville is 17th.
The Vikings are 31st in the league in kickoff return average, ahead of only Kansas City.
The Vikings are still the league's worst in next punt average on offense and defense. Offensively, the Vikings are sixth in gross punt average, but 30th in net punt average. Defensively, the Vikings are ninth in gross punt average, but 30th in net punt average.
On the subject of punt returns, the Vikings are 31st in punt return average at 5.3 yards and last in punt coverage, allowing 18.1 yards per return.
The Vikings are fifth defensively in third-down efficiency, while Jacksonville is 19th.
Jacksonville is tied for 10th in giveaway/takeaway ratio at plus-3, while the Vikings are 26th at minus-6.
The Jaguars have just 10 giveaways in 10 games. Only two teams – Miami (8) and Washington (9) – have turned the ball over fewer times.
The Jaguars are eighth in the league in offensive red zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on 17 of 29 red zone opportunities. The Vikings are 29th with just 10 TDs in 25 red zone chances. Only St. Louis (5) and Oakland (6) have fewer red zone TDs than Minnesota.
The Vikings are 14th in red zone defense, allowing 15 touchdowns on 30 opposing red zone chances. Jacksonville is 31st, allowing teams to score on 21 of 31 red zone opportunities.
No team in the NFL has attempted more fourth-down conversions than Jacksonville, which leads the league in attempts (15) and conversions (10).
Through 10 weeks, the NFL average gain on first down is 5.26 yards. Offensively, both teams are better than average, with Jacksonville at No. 13 with 5.40 yards and the Vikings at 16th at 5.27 yards. Defensively, both teams are worse, with the Vikings at 23rd allowing 5.52 yards and Jacksonville at 27th allowing 5.71 yards.
Kick coverage has been a strength of the Jaguars, who lead the league in average opponent starting field position – the 23.4-yard line. The Vikings are 27th in that category, allowing opponents an average start position after kickoffs of the 28.4-yard line.
Neither Minnesota nor Jacksonville has a 300-yard passing game this season and both have allowed two 300-yard passing games. In the 42 games as Vikings head coach, a Brad Childress-coached offense has never had a 300-yard passer.
The Vikings have three 100-yard receiving games – all from Bernard Berrians – and the Jaguars have two – one from Matt Jones and one from Mike Walker. The Vikings have allowed three 100-yard receivers, while Jacksonville has allowed two.
The Vikings have six 100-yard rushing games from Adrian Peterson, while the Jags have three – two from Maurice Jones-Drew and one from Fred Taylor.
The Vikings have yet to allow a 100-yard runner.
Garrard is eighth in the league in interception percentage per pass and 39th in touchdown percentage. Gus Frerotte is on the opposite of both categories – 10th in TD percentage and 31st in interception percentage.
In the fourth quarter, Frerotte has a passer rating of 87.2 – 14th best in the league. Garrard has a passer rating 70.7 – 28th in the league.
On third down, Frerotte has the 13th-best passer rating at 83.7, while Garrard is 22nd at 71.1.
Adrian Peterson leads the NFL with 1,100 rushing yards. Jones-Drew is 24th with 499 yards and Fred Taylor is 32nd with 416 yards.
Jones is tied for 16th in the league with 50 receptions. The Vikings leader is Bobby Wade, who is tied for 44th with 38 receptions.
Berrian is 16th in the league with 667 receiving yards. Jones is 26th with 586 yards.
Chester Taylor is tied for sixth in the league with 17 receptions on third downs – the most for any running back in the NFL.
Jones-Drew is tied for the league lead in touchdowns with 11.
Peterson is second in the league with 1,195 total yards from scrimmage.
Jared Allen is tied for eighth in the league with eight sacks. Nobody for the Jaguars has three sacks.
Ben Leber leads the NFL with four fumble recoveries. Antoine Winfield is tied for fifth with two defensive recoveries.
The Vikings have been part of five blocked field goals this year – Minnesota blocking three and two of their own blocked.
In their six interceptions, the Vikings have just six return yards. Opponents have picked off 12 passes and have 226 return yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Vikings opponents are completing 63.4 percent of their passes.
Jacksonville is 4-1 in games in which they score 21 or more points and 0-5 if they don't.
The Jaguars have been outscored 58-27 in the first quarter.
Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee has made all four of field goal attempts from 50 yards and beyond, hitting from 50, 51, 52 and 53 yards.
The Jaguars haven't had a pass reception longer than 35 yards all year.