Vikings-Ravens game scout

Get the weekend schedule, series history, keys to the game, fast facts and numerous notes on the Vikings and Ravens.

Chicago Bears (3-1) at Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
Buffalo Bills (1-4) at New York Jets (3-2)
Cleveland Browns (1-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Arizona Cardinals (2-2) at Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
Kansas City Chiefs (0-5) at Washington Redskins (2-3)
Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) at Oakland Raiders (1-4)
New York Giants (5-0) at New Orleans Saints (4-0)
Detroit Lions (1-4) at Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Carolina Panthers (1-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5)
St. Louis Rams (0-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at Minnesota Vikings (5-0)
Houston Texans (2-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)
Tennessee Titans (0-5) at New England Patriots (3-2)
Denver Broncos (5-0) at San Diego Chargers (2-2)

Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at Minnesota Vikings (5-0)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf)


4th regular-season meeting. Ravens lead series, 2-1. The teams have not played a regular-season game since Brad Childress became the Vikings coach in 2006. This will mark the Ravens' first regular-season game at the Metrodome. The only team the Vikings have played fewer games against than the Ravens is the Houston Texans (two).


The Ravens have gotten away from their run-first philosophy to the point that QB Joe Flacco has thrown 78 passes the past two games. Flacco has developed into a quality all-around quarterback, but look for Baltimore to see if it can dent the Vikings' stout ground game indoors on the road before opening up the passing attack.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been held under 100 rushing yards for four consecutive games. However, the heavy defensive focus on Peterson has left a lot of single coverage for QB Brett Favre to exploit and Baltimore has given up the second-most completions of 20-plus yards in the league (19).


  • Ravens S Ed Reed leads the NFL with 44 interceptions since 2002

  • Favre is 5-0 for the first time in his career.


  • This game will mark Matt Birk's return to the Metrodome. Birk, a native of St. Paul, Minn., spent his first 11 seasons with the Vikings before signing with Baltimore as a free agent last March. He went to six Pro Bowls during his time in Minnesota.

  • This also will be the first time that running back Vikings running back Chester Taylor has faced the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2002 out of Toledo. Taylor served as a backup to Jamal Lewis with the Ravens before signing as a free agent with the Vikings in 2006. Taylor rushed for a career-high 1,216 yards in his first season with the Vikings but the franchise selected Adrian Peterson in 2007. Taylor remains extremely valuable, having turned into an exceptional pass catcher and third-down back for the Vikings.

  • The Vikings' 5-0 start is the first for 19-year-veteran Brett Favre. He opened 4-0 with Green Bay in 1998 and 2007.

  • Brett Favre completed 27 of 34 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns and had passer rating of 137.4 as a member of the Packers when they faced the Ravens on Oct. 14, 2001. Favre was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for that performance.

  • The Vikings are looking to earn their seventh consecutive regular-season victory dating to their win over the New York Giants on Dec. 28, 2008. The last time the Vikings won seven consecutive games was when they opened the 2000 season 7-0.

  • This will mark the second consecutive game that Brad Childress has coached against someone who he once worked alongside in Philadelphia. Last Sunday, Childress faced St. Louis' Steve Spagnuolo and this week Childress will match wits with John Harbaugh. All spent time working as assistants for Andy Reid.

  • The Vikings have outscored opponents 45-3 in the third quarter this season. Minnesota's 45 points in that quarter are the most of any team.

  • The Vikings became the 15th franchise in NFL history to win 400 games when they beat St. Louis last Sunday.

  • These teams last met on Christmas night 2005, when the Ravens defeated the Vikings 30-23 on ESPN's "Sunday Night Football." There are 11 players remaining on the Vikings roster from that game. The list includes offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, guard Anthony Herrera, tight end Jim Kleinsasser, defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams, linebackers Heath Farwell and E.J. Henderson, cornerback Antoine Winfield, punter Chris Kluwe, long snapper Cullen Loeffler and tight end Jeff Dugan.


  • The only current NFL city that the Ravens have yet to play a regular-season game in is Minneapolis. But that will change Sunday. Even though the Ravens have never played a game that matters in the Metrodome, they realize that it will be loud.

    "We feel like we need to attack crowd noise," coach John Harbaugh said. "That's part of the game plan. Cam (Cameron, offensive coordinator) does a great job of emphasizing that and our guys do a great job of handling it. Not to say it won't affect us negatively at some point because it will, and we'll have to overcome it."

  • Using a different tone than the one on Sunday, Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason said he is now the one to blame for having no catches against the Cincinnati Bengals. This was just the second time in Mason's five years with the Ravens that he was held without a catch. The only previous time Mason was shut out as a Raven came Oct. 15 against Carolina. On Sunday, Mason had only one pass thrown in his direction.

    "I got to run better routes," Mason said Wednesday. "I got to get open. I put that on me. That will never happen again."

  • There is no update regarding the status of cornerback Samari Rolle, who is close to coming off the physically-unable-to-perform list after undergoing surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck in the offseason.

    "I saw him in the building today, and that will be a report from the doctors that we will look forward to get," Harbaugh said. "So we'll see how he's doing."

  • After Sunday's loss, running back Willis McGahee expressed surprise at his one-carry, one-catch outing against the Bengals. On Monday, Harbaugh assured McGahee, fullback Le'Ron McClain and anyone else listening that the pair and Ray Rice are still valued members of the offense.

    "They were supportive of Ray, but those guys want to play, too," Harbaugh said. "We've got three guys. It's hard to get them all in there at the same time. We could run the wishbone, I guess, but they're going to be in there, and we're going to use all those guys."

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