There will be plenty of games with playoff implications on the NFL schedule in Week 17, but one with nothing at stake in that regard will take place when the Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1) host the Detroit Lions (7-8). Sunday’s game will be the final game played at Mall of America Field/Metrodome, as preparations will begin in earnest for the Vikings to move into a new stadium in a few years, and barring a big surprise it’s also likely to be the final game at the helm for both head coaches.
In this final edition of Vikings “By The Numbers” for the 2013 season, here are some notable numbers for both teams ahead of the regular season finale.
294.4- After allowing 366 yards to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton last week, the Vikings are now last in the league against the pass (294.4 yards per game).
251.9- Detroit is 27th in the NFL against the pass (251.9 yards per game).
126.5- Vikings’ defensive end Jared Allen has 126.5 career sacks, which is tied for 13th in league history with Derrick Thomas.
36- The Vikings have allowed a league-high 36 touchdown passes this season, which is five more than the next highest total in the league (31-Dallas Cowboys).
13.5- Allen has 13.5 career sacks against the Lions, and he is just shy of reaching double-digit sacks for the seventh straight season (9.5 so far).
1- Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford has just one touchdown pass over the last three games, with five interceptions in that span as Detroit went from the frontrunner to win the NFC North to eliminated from the playoffs.
0- Vikings’ running back Joe Banyard has zero career carries, but with Adrian Peterson (foot/groin), Toby Gerhart (hamstring) and Matt Asiata (ankle) hampered by injuries he may get his first career start and see a significant workload on Sunday.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.