PREVIEW: MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT ST. LOUIS RAMS
September 3, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
VIKINGS: QB MATT CASSEL has won both career starts vs. StL. Last year, had 103.3 rating in 3 wins as starter…Since entering NFL in 2007, Pro Bowl RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads NFL with 10,115 rush yards & 86 rush TDs. In last meeting, rushed for 212 yards with 82-yard TD. Has 5 career 200-yard rush games & needs 1 to tie NFL record. Has 10+ rush TDs in all 7 seasons & is 1 of 3 in NFL history to rush for 10+ TDs in 7 different seasons…Pro Bowl WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 4 rec., 3 rush & 2 KR TDs last year, only player in NFL history to accomplish feat. Had 6 TDs (3 rush, 3 rec.) in final 5 games of 2013. Aims for 6th game in row with TD. In 4 meetings, WR GREG JENNINGS has 17 catches for 356 yards (89 per game) & 2 TDs. TE KYLE RUDOLPH has 12 rec. TDs in past 2 seasons…LB CHAD GREENWAY led team with 134 tackles last year. DE BRIAN ROBISON had career-high 9 sacks last year, his 3rd consecutive season with 8+ sacks. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN leads NFL with 4 INT-TDs in past 2 seasons. Is only player in NFL with 2 INT-TDs in each of past 2 years. Last season as rookie, CB XAVIER RHODES led team with 10 PD…
RAMS: QB SHAUN HILL makes 1st start since 2010 season with Det. In his last start, Hill defeated Min. & completed 28 of 39 (71.8 pct.) for 258 yards & 1 TD. Won final 2 starts of 2010 season & had 95.7 rating…RB ZAC STACY rushed for 973 yards & 7 TDs as rookie last season. In final 9 games, rushed for 759 yards (84.3 per game) & 7 TDs…Last year, WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN became only player in NFL history with 95+ yard PR-TD, 80+ yard rec. TD & 65+ yard rush TD in season. Scored 6 TDs (4 rec., 1 rush, 1 PR) as rookie in 2013. WR KENNY BRITT needs 50 yards to reach 2,500 career rec. yards & 1 TD to reach 20 career rec. TDs…Pro Bowl DE ROBERT QUINN set franchise record with 19 sacks & ranked 2nd in NFL last year. Led NFL in 2013 with 29 TFL. Had 6 sacks in final 3 games. DE CHRIS LONG has 12.5 sacks in past 18 games. Had 8.5 sacks last year, his 4th consecutive season with 8.5+ sacks. CB JANORIS JENKINS has 4 career TDs (3 INT, 1 FR). Since entering NFL in 2009, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only player with 12+ sacks (12) & 9+ INTs (9). LB ALEC OGLETREE led team with 119 tackles as rookie in 2013.