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St. Louis Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings: A Brief History, Current/Historical Stats, & Week 9 Preview

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The St. Louis Rams [4-3] will head out west to take on the Minnesota Vikings [5-2] in Week 9.  Including postseason play, this game will mark the 44th time these two teams have squared off, dating back to November, 1961.  The Vikings currently hold a 25-16-2 series lead.

The Vikings have won four out of the past five against the Rams, and have taken three straight; all of which were played in St. Louis.  The Vikings scored 38, 36, and 34 points, respectively, in those games.  The Rams scored 38 combined during that span.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher holds a 1-6 all time record against the Vikings, while Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer has an undefeated 1-0 record against the Rams.

For a full list of their matchups - including six postseason games - with box scores and statistics, visit Pro Football Database.

The Last Time These Two Played [9/7/14]

The Vikings came into the Edward Jones Dome and left with a 34-6 victory.  Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns.  Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for 102 yards, one of which was a 67-yard touchdown run.

The Last Time These Two Played In Minnesota [12/31/06]

The Rams stole victory in Minnesota with a final score of 41-21.  Rams’ running back Steven Jackson rushed for 142 yards, with three touchdowns.  Cornerback Ron Bartell added a score with a 38-yard interception returned for a touchdown.

Current 2015 Stats/Leaders

Rams Notes

* In his only start against the Vikings [12/15/13 with the Eagles], Nick Foles passed for 428 yards, 3 TD’s, and finished with a 103.5 passer rating.

* Todd Gurley is the first rookie in NFL history with 4 consecutive games of 125+ rush yards. He's rushed for 566 yards [141.5 per game] in the last four, which is most in the Super Bowl era for a running back in their first four starts.  He leads the NFL with four rushes of 45+ yards, including a 71-yard TD last week. He’s scored three touchdowns in the last two games.

* Tavon Austin had a receiving touchdown of 66 yards, and a 2-yard rush touchdown last week. He has 16 career TDs [8 rec., 5 rush, 3 PR]. He’s one of only three players in NFL with a receiving,  rushing, and kick/punt return TD in 2015.

* Jared Cook had TD catch in his only career game at Minnesota  [10/7/12 with Titans]

* The Rams’ defense leads the NFC with 26 sacks, led by defensive end Robert Quinn [5] and defensive tackle Aaron Donald [4.5].  Quinn has 15.5 sacks in his past 18 games. Donald has 0.5+ sack in 10 of the last 14.

* Since 2009, James Laurinaitis is the only NFL player with 15+ sacks [16.5] and 10+ INTs [10]. He had a safety last week. He’s tallied 17 tackles and an interception in his last three meetings against Minnesota.

Vikings Notes

* Teddy Bridgewater has won six in row at home, boasting a 91.7 passer rating. He’s had a 100+ rating in three of those six games.

* Adrian Peterson has rushed for 350 yards [116.7 per game] and three touchdowns in these teams last three meetings. On 12/16/12, he rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown.  It was one of five career 200-yard games, and is tied for second most in NFL history.  In the last 14 games at home, he's rushed for 1,756 yards [125.4 per game] with 14 TDs. Since entering the NFL in 2007, he leads the league with 10,823 rushing yards and 89 rushing touchdowns.

* Rookie wide reciever Stefon Diggs had six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown [40 yards] last week. He has 419 receiving yards [104.8 per game] and two TDs in his first four career games. He has 85+ reception yards in all four. He’s aiming for his third with a 35+ yard TD.

* Mike Wallace is one of two receivers in the NFL with 6,000+ rec. yards [6,126], 45+ rec. TDs [48] & 15+ rec. avg. [15.3]

* Defensive end Everson Griffen has two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown in two meetings against the Rams. He has 14.5 sacks in his past 18 games. Safety Harrison Smith had an 81-yard INT-TD in their last meeting.

Week 9 Rams vs. Vikings Preview