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MINNESOTA (3 - 8 - 1) at BALTIMORE (6 - 6)
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Week 14 Sunday, 12/8/2013 1:00 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-8-6.76-69-324.113.0343.3(5.6)2.030.515.5407.6(6)1.2
Road Games1-5-3.74-35-223.414.0350.7(5.6)2.429.913.4391.1(5.7)1.4
Last 3 Games1-102-12-123.011.0426.3(5.8)
Turf Games0-3-31-21-216.710.0311.7(4.7)3.030.313.3310.0(5.2)0.7
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.912.220.130:5227-115(4.3)22-3561.9%237(6.8)62-352(5.7)(14.7)
Offense Road Games23.414.019.029:3028-134(4.7)19-3456.3%217(6.4)62-351(5.6)(15)
Defense (All Games)30.515.523.533:4528-121(4.3)26-4065.2%286(7.2)68-408(6)(13.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.41220.731:4826-113(4.3)22-3662.0%253(7)63-365(5.8)(15)
Defense Road Games29.913.423.432:3926-102(3.9)27-4264.3%289(6.8)69-391(5.7)(13.1)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.6213-538.1%1-153.3%3-60(23.7)18-2(10)6-51
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-644.2%1-175.0%3-71(25.9)2-20(8.8)6-63
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 13-539.1%1-051.9%3-57(22.3)21-2(10.4)6-54
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-639.0%0-066.7%3-86(27.4)2-14(5.9)6-62

BALTIMORE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-6-0.56-54-820.79.7309.0(4.8)1.619.69.0329.0(5.3)1.3
Home Games5-1+44-11-520.38.8284.0(4.7)
Last 3 Games2-1+12-12-120.312.0313.3(4.9)
Turf Games5-2+2.44-21-620.38.6292.7(4.8)1.613.96.3317.7(4.9)1.7
BALTIMORE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)20.79.718.230:5828-81(2.9)22-3759.7%228(6.2)64-309(4.8)(14.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.412.519.531:3428-112(4)21-3659.3%228(6.4)64-341(5.4)(14)
Offense Home Games20.38.816.530:4229-74(2.6)20-3163.0%209(6.7)61-284(4.7)(14)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.911.619.930:1526-105(4)23-3860.9%251(6.6)64-356(5.6)(15.6)
Defense Home Games12.34.016.830:5325-99(4)21-3756.5%213(5.7)62-312(5)(25.3)
BALTIMORE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-532.8%1-153.8%2-48(22.2)3-28(9.5)8-74
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.71.8 14-537.2%1-047.1%3-60(23.3)22-2(9.8)6-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-429.5%2-140.0%3-62(23.2)3-32(9.6)8-74
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 21.2,  BALTIMORE 18.8
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/21/2013@ NY GIANTS7-23L4L47.5U14-3020-53-176332-6423-39-1931
10/27/2013GREEN BAY31-44L7L47.5O19-11114-21-132042-18224-29-2820
11/3/2013@ DALLAS23-27L8W50.5U29-16925-37-22429-3634-51-3141
11/17/2013@ SEATTLE20-41L13.5L45O33-13218-35-204428-9314-21-2300
11/24/2013@ GREEN BAY26-26T6W44.5O43-23221-30-215134-19628-53-2980
12/8/2013@ BALTIMORE            
12/22/2013@ CINCINNATI            

BALTIMORE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/13/2013GREEN BAY17-19L2T48U22-4720-34-313130-14017-32-2982
10/20/2013@ PITTSBURGH16-19L2.5L40.5U26-8224-34-205029-14117-23-1451
11/3/2013@ CLEVELAND18-24L-1L42.5U21-5524-41-223228-7324-37-2421
11/17/2013@ CHICAGO20-23L3.5W41O41-17417-31-143226-10419-31-2150
11/24/2013NY JETS19-3W-3.5W38U31-6717-27-245128-10210-24-1183
12/16/2013@ DETROIT            
12/22/2013NEW ENGLAND            
12/29/2013@ CINCINNATI            
MINNESOTA: The Vikings have adopted more of a versatile running scheme, mixing in a lot of man blocking with their usual zone stuff. Obviously, Adrian Peterson is the centerpiece of this offense, and after bringing him along somewhat slowly early last season, he'll be all-systems-go as a three-down workhorse this year. Toby Gerhart will occasionally spell him and would take a full workload if Peterson were to get hurt again. This is a West Coast passing game that has Christian Ponder moving around a lot. In the past, their favorite play had been to roll Ponder out with Percy Harvin for some long hand-offs. They'd like rookie Cordarrelle Patterson to take that role of the departed Harvin. TE Kyle Rudolph will also inherit those looks, and they'll involve Peterson in the screen game frequently. Greg Jennings will move around a lot and should be their leading receiver. Jerome Simpson is a pure deep threat, while third receiver Jarius Wright will line up inside and out, but is better working downfield. Not surprisingly, the Vikings continued to ride Peterson in the red zone (59 carries inside 20-yd line last season), and they'll do the same this year. When they throw, it's usually off play-action with Rudolph. The strength of this defense comes up front with 4-time All-Pro DE Jared Allen (117 career sacks) and 5-time All-Pro DT Kevin Williams (56.5 career sacks), plus first-round pick DT Sharrif Floyd and new DE Lawrence Jackson. The Vikings still have star SLB Chad Greenway (148 tackles, T-2nd in NFL) all over the field, but despite the defense's utter lack of playmakers, it added no significant free agents in the back seven. The subpar pass defense (244 YPG, 24th in NFL) got even weaker when it allowed top CB Antoine Winfield to sign elsewhere. CB Chris Cook and rookie CB Xavier Rhodes are a shaky starting duo.
BALTIMORE: The champs have steadily moved away from the running game as they've gone more no-huddle the past two seasons, but they're still middle-of-the-pack when it comes to run/pass ratio. They utilize a lot of zone-blocking plays, using some more stretch looks when Ray Rice is in the game and some inside zone plays for back-up Bernard Pierce, who should eat into Rice's workload a little more this season. Rice has typically taken 75 percent of the reps in past years, but that should be closer to 65 percent as Pierce has earned the coaching staff's trust. The Ravens finally handed the keys of the offense over to Joe Flacco last year, and despite some bumps in the road, it worked out. Expect a system heavy on no-huddle again this year. This is an Air Coryell offense that attacks downfield, and has the weapons to do it in Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. Veteran Anquan Boldin is gone, with his production underneath likely going to tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, and No. 3 receiver Tandon Doss. Ray Rice continues to be frequently used as a security blanket and screen option to create mismatches. The Ravens still skew run-heavy near the goal line, where Rice takes a big workload. LBs Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe, and DBs Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard and Cary Williams are all gone from the 17th-ranked defense (351 YPG allowed), but DT Haloti Ngata, LB Terrell Suggs and a healthy CB Lardarius Webb are still Pro Bowl defenders. Replacing Lewis and Ellerbe will be rookie ILB Arthur Brown and ILB Jameel McClain who is coming back from a spine injury. Newcomers DE/LB Elvis Dumervil, DL Chris Canty and DB Michael Huff will all help the Ravens combat the AFC's toughest schedule.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(UPDATES with Cassel starting)

*Vikings-Ravens Preview* ========================


In control of their playoff fate, the Baltimore Ravens are confident heading into a challenging final quarter of the season.

Looking for a season-high third straight victory, the Ravens hope to continue their home success Sunday while trying to keep the Minnesota Vikings winless on the road.

Sitting two games under .500 and mired in a three-game slide after losing to Cleveland on Nov. 3, Baltimore (6-6) has responded by winning three of four to take ownership of the AFC's final wild-card spot. The Ravens are tied with Miami, but own the tiebreaker based on a 26-23 road win over the Dolphins on Oct. 6.

"We are position to control our own destiny," coach John Harbaugh said. "That is what you try to accomplish going into December. Now it's up to us to make the most of it.

"We just have to win. If we win games, things are going to work out for us."

However, the final stretch likely won't be easy for the Ravens.

After facing the NFL's only team without a road win in Minnesota (3-8-1), Baltimore's final three games are against division leaders Detroit, New England and Cincinnati. It faces the Lions and Bengals on the road.

Harbaugh hopes living through such forgettable moments like the season-opening 49-27 loss at Denver, a last-second 19-16 defeat at Pittsburgh and its first loss in 12 games against the Browns has prepared his team for the stretch run.

"You definitely are a product of your experiences, and adversity is definitely a strength builder, a character builder," he said. "What we've been through has made us what we are right now. I'd like to think it's made us strong emotionally, mentally. And I think our hard work has made us strong physically.

"The idea is to be at your best when it means the most. That's what we try to do. ... We'll find out whether that is the case for this football team."

Baltimore's immediate focus is on trying to win a fourth straight game at home, where it's 5-1 and has allowed 74 points. The Ravens led 13-0 in the third quarter there Thanksgiving night against the Steelers, but needed to stop Pittsburgh's 2-point conversion attempt with 1:03 left to secure a 22-20 victory.

They were grateful the outcome wasn't affected by Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin inadvertently interfering with Jacoby Jones during his 73-yard kickoff return in third quarter. Tomlin was fined $100,000 for the incident.

Baltimore also was fortunate a running game that averages a league-low 2.9 yards per carry didn't prove costly last week. With 74 yards on the ground against the Steelers, the Ravens have rushed for 141 on 56 carries in two games following their season-high 174-yard performance in a 23-20 overtime loss at Chicago on Nov. 17.

Ray Rice has gained 62 yards on 28 carries in the last two after rushing for a season-high 131 and a touchdown on 25 attempts against the Bears.

The Ravens' offense could get a boost if tight end Dennis Pitta is ready to make his season debut Sunday after suffering a hip injury during training camp. Pitta set career highs with 61 receptions, 669 yards and seven TDs last season.

Baltimore has benefited from the accuracy of Justin Tucker, who has made nine field goals and been responsible for 29 of his team's 41 points over the last two games. He's 27 of 27, including 4 for 4 from at least 50 yards, since missing his only two field-goal chances during a 14-6 win over Cleveland in Week 2.

Minnesota's Blair Walsh made a 30-yard field goal to force overtime last Sunday, then missed a 57-yarder in the extra session before he connected from 34 to give the Vikings a 23-20 win over Chicago.

Minnesota, which overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, is 2-1-1 since losing seven of eight.

"You have got to believe, you can't tuck your tail and run, you can't give up no matter how it looks you have to continue to fight," said Vikings star Adrian Peterson, who set season highs with 211 yards on 35 carries.

"That's one thing that we have done all year; I haven't seen guys quit. When I look in their eyes there is fight there."

The Vikings hope to further display that fight and turn things around the road, where they are 0-5-1. Minnesota last went without a road victory during its 5-11 2001 season.

Peterson has endured a trying season both on and off the field, but leads the NFL with 1,208 rushing yards and has 357 in the last two games.

Matt Cassel will get his first start since Oct. 13 after rallying the Vikings against Chicago. Christian Ponder left after taking a hit to the head in the second quarter, and Cassel went 20 of 33 for 243 yards with a TD and an INT in relief.

Coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that Ponder had yet to pass all of his post-concussion tests.

In Minnesota's three victories, Cassel has started one and finished the other two.

Peterson rushed for 143 yards and Rice totaled 194 and had two touchdowns during Minnesota's 33-31 home victory over the Ravens in 2009.

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Last Updated: 6/24/2018 7:27:14 PM EST

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