The Minnesota Vikings are simply playing out the string late in a difficult season at this point, but they will hit the road to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in Week 14 on a high note after an overtime victory over the Chicago Bears last Sunday. The Ravens are 6-6 after a 22-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night, and they need to continue winning to keep themselves in the AFC playoff picture.
Here are some notable numbers for both teams ahead of Sunday’s game.
287- The Vikings are 30th in the league against the pass (287 yards per game).
100.7- Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson is averaging a league-best 100.7 rushing yards per game this season, though last week’s 211-yard performance skews that a bit.
100.1- Baltimore has the NFL’s sixth-best run defense (100.1 yards per game), and they’re also among the best in the league in yards per carry allowed (3.7).
67- Peterson has 67 carries over the last two games, and he has averaged 5.3 yards per carry in that span.
63.6- Vikings’ quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel have both completed 63.6 percent of their passes this season. Talk about statistical flukes.
43.8- Ravens’ running back Ray Rice is averaging 43.8 rushing yards per game this season, and he has topped 50 yards on the ground just twice all season (one 100-yard game).
26- Minnesota has allowed a league-high 26 passing touchdowns this season.
15- Wide receiver Greg Jennings has 15 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns with Cassel under center for the Vikings this season, in essentially 2.5 games. By comparison, he has 28 catches for 315 yards and zero touchdowns the rest of the time with Ponder (nine starts) and Josh Freeman (one start) at the helm. Ponder suffered a concussion against the Bears and has not yet been cleared to practice, so barring something unforeseen Cassel will make his third start of the season on Sunday.
3- The Vikings have forced just three turnovers in their last eight games.
2- The Ravens have allowed a league-low two rushing touchdowns this season.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.