The Minnesota Vikings fell to 3-9-1 on the season last Sunday with a loss on the road to the Baltimore Ravens, and they will welcome the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) to Mall of America Field for Week 15. The Eagles have won five games in a row to take a one-game lead in the division, while the Vikings are obviously left to play spoiler with three games left in a dismal season.
Here are some notable numbers for both teams ahead of Sunday’s game.
1,744- Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,744, including a league-best 1,305 rushing yards.
282.5- This is a weekly entry in this space, but the Vikings are 30th in the NFL against the pass (282.5 yards per game).
285.3- Philadelphia is 31st in the league against the pass (285.3 yards per game).
120.0- Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles has a league-best passer rating of 120.0 so far this season.
84.9- Vikings’ quarterback Matt Cassel has a passer rating of 84.9 this season, and he will make his second straight start on Sunday.
8- Vikings’ running back Toby Gerhart has had 15 or more carries in a game eight times in his career, including last week against Baltimore (15 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown), and he has averaged 80.4 rushing yards per game in those games.
7.9- Gerhart is averaging 7.9 yards per carry this season, and he is in line to start on Sunday with Adrian Peterson (right foot) expected to miss the game.
3- The Vikings intercepted Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco three times in Week 14, which matches the number of turnovers they forced in their previous eight games combined.
1- Foles finally threw his first interception of the season last week, though snowy conditions in Philadelphia were surely a factor.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.