Vikings-Rams Capsule

 

The Associated Press

MINNESOTA (5-10-1) at ST. LOUIS (7-9)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE — Rams by 5½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Vikings 8-8, Rams 7-9

SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 24-16-2.

LAST MEETING — Vikings beat Rams 36-22, Dec. 16, 2012

AP PRO32 RANKING — Vikings No. 28, Rams tied No. 20

VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (8), PASS (23).

VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (16), PASS (31).

RAMS OFFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (19) PASS (27).

RAMS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (9), PASS (19).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Vikings were 4-0 in preseason, Rams were 1-3. ... Mike Zimmer makes head coaching debut for Minnesota. Rams' Jeff Fisher third on active list with 156 wins. ... Vikings have won three of past four in series. ... Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reached 10,000 yards in 101st game last season, third-fewest games in NFL history. Peterson rushed for 212 yards in previous game in St. Louis in 2012, including 82-yard score. ... QB Matt Cassel has won both career starts vs. Rams. ... Pro Bowl WR-KR Cordarrelle Patterson had four TDs receiving, three TDs rushing and two TDs on kickoff returns last year, only player in NFL history to accomplish feat. ... Rams held out all starters in preseason finale after five injuries in Week 3 including season-ending torn left ACL to QB Sam Bradford. CB Trumaine Johnson (knee) likely out for first month. ... DE Robert Quinn led NFC with franchise-record 19 sacks and led NFL with 29 tackles for loss. ... QB Shaun Hill makes first start since 2010 with Detroit. ... Fisher 1-5 vs. Vikings. ... LB Alec Ogletree led Rams with 119 tackles as rookie, ending run of four straight seasons by middle linebacker James Laurinaitis.

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

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