Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams

The Rams host the Vikings in Week 1 to kick off the NFL season. Both teams missed the playoffs in 2013. Minnesota went 5-10-1 and finished last in the NFC North, while St. Louis went 7-9 and finished last in the NFC West.

Details for Sunday's game are below:

Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed through NFL Sunday Ticket.

TV coverage: FOX

RadioFor a list of Vikings affiliates, click here. For a list of Rams affiliates, click here

Game Facts

Vikings facts

Minnesota has made the playoffs in three of the last six seasons.

Last season was the first time the Vikings had a tie since 1978.

Defensive tackle Linval Joseph was shot as an innocent bystander in an incident in early August. He's expected to play against the Rams.

Matt Cassel was named the team's starting quarterback, beating out first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater.

Cassel started six games for the Vikings last year and played in nine, throwing for 1,807 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Minnesota and former punter Chris Kluwe reached a settlement in August in Kluwe's lawsuit against the team for allegedly releasing him because of his support for marriage equality.

Mike Zimmer enters his first season as head coach of the Vikings. He spent the previous six seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Vikings were second to last in the NFL in total defense in 2013, giving up 397.6 yards per game. The team was No. 13 in offense, averaging 344.3 yards per game.

Wide receiver Jerome Simpson was suspended three games for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy after a drunken driving incident last November.

Running back Adrian Peterson was fifth in the NFL in rushing with 1,266 yards last season despite missing two games.

Rams facts

St. Louis has missed the playoffs each of the last nine seasons.

The seven games the Rams won in both 2012 and 2013 are the most the team has won in a season since winning eight in 2006.

The Rams selected defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay prospect in NFL history, in the seventh round of this year's draft. The team released him in the final round of roster cuts last week.

St. Louis starting quarterback Sam Bradford tore his ACL in the team's third preseason game, putting him out for the 2014 season. He sustained the same injury in Week 7 in 2013.

Shaun Hill will start at quarterback in Bradford's absence. Hill has started 26 games in his career, last starting a game in 2010 for the Detroit Lions.

The Rams were 15th in the NFL in total defense in 2013, allowing 345 yards per game, and 28th in total offense, averaging 304.8 yards per game.

Defensive end Robert Quinn was second in the NFL with 19 sacks last season.

The team lost running back Isaiah Pead for the season in August with a torn ACL.

Head coach Jeff Fisher is entering his third season with the Rams. He's 14-17-1 in his first two seasons.

The Rams had two first-round picks in this year's draft. They selected Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson No. 2 and Missouri defensive tackle Aaron Donald No. 13.

Ben Estes

 

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