Harvin feeling better, will start

Percy Harvin, who missed practice Thursday and was limited Friday, is expected to start and be ready to go today for the critical Vikings-Packers game. Plus, get the rankings for both teams in several categories.

Percy Harvin was sidelined the last two practice sessions with what has been described as another bout with migraine headaches, but he is expected to be good to go today, according to NFL.com.

Harvin has again been bothered with migraines during the week, as well as trying to heal an ailing shoulder, but reports this morning say he will be active and in the lineup.

In another injury related note, Packers left tackle Chad Clifton may be active for the game, but look for fourth-round rookie T.J. Lang to get the start, which is good news for Jared Allen and bad news for Aaron Rodgers.


  • The Vikings have the 12th-rated offense (12th rushing, 13th passing) and the 17th-rated defense (10th rushing, 20th passing). Green Bay has the 8th-ranked offense (13th rushing, 10th passing) and the 3rd-ranked defense (12th rushing, 4th passing).

  • Both quarterbacks have been very good in not giving up interceptions. The Packers are second in interception percentage and the Vikings are third.

  • Both teams have also been extremely effective on third down. The Vikings offense is ranked third in third-down conversions at 47.1 percent (48 of 102), while the Packers are ninth at 43.1 percent (31 of 72). The league average is 37.7 percent conversions on third down.

  • The Packers lead the NFL in interception percentage with 11 picks on 180 opponent passes.

  • Both defenses are in the top quarter of the NFL in stopping third downs. The Vikings are seventh at 33.7 percent (29 of 86) and Green Bay is eighth at 34.2 percent (27 of 79).

  • The Packers are second in the league in giveaway-takeaway ratio at plus-10 (15 takeaways, 5 giveaways). The Vikings are tied for fifth at plus-7 (13 takeaways, 6 giveaways).

  • The Packers' five giveaways are tied for the least in the NFL.

  • The Packers offense is averaging 376.3 yards a game – 118 yards rushing and 258.3 yards passing. The Vikings are averaging 353.6 yards a game – 119.9 yards rushing and 233.7 yards passing.

  • Defensively, the Packers are allowing 271.5 yards a game – 97.5 yards rushing and 174 yards passing. The Vikings are averaging 330 yards a game – 95.3 yards rushing and 234.7 yards passing.

  • The Vikings are tied for 13th in red zone offense – scoring 16 touchdowns on 28 red zone possessions. The Packers are rated 23rd with just nine TDs in 20 red zone possessions.

  • Defensively, the Vikings are the best in the league in red zone defense – allowing just five touchdowns on 18 opponent red zone possessions. The Packers are tied for 25th, having allowed nine touchdowns on 15 red zone possessions.

  • The Vikings are first in the league in average starting position following kickoffs, starting drives on average at the 32.6-yard line. The Packers are 12th, with an average starting position of the 26.3-yard line. The league average is the 26-yard line.

  • Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre have both had two 300-yard passing games. The Vikings have allowed two 300-yard passers this year, while the Packers haven't allowed any.

  • The Vikings have two 100-yard receiving games – both from Sidney Rice. The Packers have four – two from Greg Jennings and one each from Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley. The Vikings have allowed two 100-yard receivers, while the Packers haven't allowed any.

  • Adrian Peterson has two 100-yard rushing games this year, while Ryan Grant has one. The Vikings haven't allowed a 100-yard rushing game against them, while Green Bay has allowed two.

  • Favre has the sixth-highest passer rating in the league at 102.2 and is fifth in both attempts (228) and completions (157) and third in completion percentage (68.9). His 1,681 passing yards rank eighth.

  • Rodgers is sixth in the league in passing yards (1,698), first in average gain per pass play (9.25 yards) and second in passer rating at 110.8.

  • Rodgers is third in the league in fourth-quarter passer rating at 118.4. Favre is 10th with a passer rating of 101.9.

  • Rodgers leads the league is third-down passing, with a rating of 142.6. Favre is fifth with a rating of 97.5.

  • Adrian Peterson is second in the league in rushing with 687 yards, trailing Cincinnati's Cedric Benson by 33 yards. Grant is sixth with 495 yards rushing.

  • Rice is tied for 13th in the league in receptions with 33. Driver leads the Packers with 27 receptions, good for 33rd place.

  • Rice is seventh in the NFL with 545 receiving yards. Driver leads the Packers with 479 yards, good for 14th place.

  • The Vikings have two players atop the leader board for third-down receptions. Percy Harvin is tied for second with 13 receptions and Chester Taylor is tied for fourth with 12 receptions. Driver leads the Packers with nine third-down receptions.

  • Adrian Peterson is tied for first place in scoring among non-kickers with 48 points. Visanthe Shiancoe is tied for ninth with 30 points. No Packer has more than 18 points.

  • Ryan Longwell is tied for second in scoring among kickers with 60 points. Mason Crosby is tied for sixth with 51 points.

  • Peterson leads the NFL with 832 total yards (687 rushing, 145 receiving). Grant is fourth with 598 yards (495 rushing, 103 receiving). Rice is seventh with 545 yards – all receiving.

  • Peterson leads the NFL in first downs with 43 (36 rushing, seven receiving). Grant is fourth with 31 (26 rushing, five receiving).

  • Harvin leads the NFL in kick return yardage, averaging 29.8 yards per return.

  • Charles Woodson is tied for third in the league with four interceptions.

  • Jared Allen is fourth in the league with 7.5 sacks.

  • Allen and Chad Greenway are tied for second in the league with two defensive fumble recoveries.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

  • Viking Update Top Stories