December 08, 2016

MINNESOTA (6-6) at JACKSONVILLE (2-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Vikings by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 7-5, Jacksonville 4-7-1

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 4-1

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Jaguars 26-23, Sept. 9, 2012

LAST WEEK - Vikings lost to Cowboys 17-15; Jaguars lost to Broncos 20-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 16, Jaguars No. 30

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (25)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (17), PASS (4)

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (17), PASS (31)

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (24), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Minnesota has won three straight in series. ... Vikings have dropped six of seven since starting season 5-0. Last four losses have been by six points or less. ... Latest setback to a team ravaged by injuries, FS Harrison Smith unlikely to play because of sprained left ankle. Second-year pro Anthony Harris or rookie Jayron Kearse expected to start in his place. ... Despite scoring 16 or fewer points in five of last seven games, Vikings have third-best interception percentage in league. They have three in 428 pass attempts, ranking behind only New England and Dallas. ... Vikings have just three rushes of 15 or more yards this year, only two by a running back with Adrian Peterson missing much of season. ... PR Marcus Sherels expected to return from rib injury. He has missed four of last six games. He's one of two NFL players with two punt returns for TDs this season. In last week's loss, Adam Thielen lost fumble at Vikings 8-yard line that set up touchdown. Cordarrelle Patterson also fumbled and recovered another punt. ... QB Sam Bradford is 1-0 against Jacksonville. Starting for St. Louis, he completed 19 of 34 passes for 222 yards and three TDs in 34-20 victory in 2013. ... Jaguars have lost seven straight overall and are winless in five games at EverBank Field. Last victory on home turf: Dec. 13, 2015 vs. Indianapolis. ... DE Yannick Ngakoue needs one sack to tie Tony Brackens' franchise record (7) for rookies set in 1996. ... Fantasy Tip: Beg or barter for Minnesota's defense. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has league-high 19 turnovers this season. He's had three interceptions returned for touchdowns in last four games, giving him more Pick-6s (11) in his NFL career than wins (10).

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