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Vikings Vs. Patriots: NFL Week 8 Capsules

When the NFL released the 2010 schedule this past offseason, it's safe to assume that most people thought the Week 8 matchup between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings would pit two teams at the top of their division. The Patriots have held up their end of the bargain. The Vikings, not so much. Minnesota enters Week 8 desperate for a win at 2-4. Given the state of affairs in the NFC, the Vikings are hardly down for the count, so expect them to give the Pats their best shot this coming Sunday, regardless of who's under center. Here are a few notes and figures about the teams' series history, as well as up-to-date season stats for both clubs.

SERIES

VIKINGS

PATRIOTS

SERIES LEADER

 

6-4

STREAKS

 

4 of past 6

COACHES VS. OPP.

Childress: 0-1

Belichick: 2-3

LAST WEEK

L 28-24 at Packers

W 23-20 at Chargers

LAST GAME

10/30/06: Patriots 31 at Vikings 7. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 372 yards & throws TD pass to 4 different teammates as Pats win on Monday Night to improve to 6-1.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/24/02: Patriots 24, Vikings 17. Brady throws for 239 yards & 3 TDs, including 2 scores to TE Christian Fauria (9, 1). Pats' defense registers 4 sacks & recovers 3 fumbles.

BROADCAST

FOX (4:15 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 121 (Min.), 123 (NE). XM: 105 (NE).

 

STATS

PASSING

Favre: 104-179-1,191-7-10-68.0

Brady: 131-198-1,362-11 (T3C)-4-96.0

RUSHING

Peterson: 140-684 (2L)-4.9-5 (T1C)

Green-Ellis: 68-259-3.8-4

RECEIVING

Harvin: 25-289-11.6-3

Welker: 37-295-8.0-3

OFFENSE

318.5

325.0

TAKE/GIVE

-6

+6 (3C)

DEFENSE

308.3

379.7

SACKS

Edwards: 1.5

Wright: 3

INTs

E. J. Henderson: 2

Chung, Ninkovich: 2

PUNTING

Kluwe: 43.7

Mesko (R): 43.0

KICKING

Longwell: 27 (12/13 PAT; 5/5 FG)

Gostkowski: 51 (21/21 PAT; 10/13 FG)