The Green Bay Packers are traveling to play the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football this week. This game is getting a lot of attention due to the fact that it is Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre’s first playing opportunity against the team he starred for throughout the 1990s and most of the 2000s. The game is much more than that though. It is an important game between two longtime divisional rivals. Minnesota is currently 3-0, and a Vikings win would put two full games between them and the Packers who are currently 2-1. Many Packers fans have a hard time seeing Favre in any other jersey, but in the jersey of the rival Vikings is somewhat unforgivable.
Here are some interesting facts about the matchup:
-In the 95 previous games that have pitted these two teams against each other, the Vikings have won 45 times, the Packers 49 times, and there has been one tie game.
-The most passing yards thrown for in one game against the Packers defense by a Vikings quarterback was 442 and was done by Randall Cunningham in 1998.
-The most passing yards a Packers quarterback has ever thrown for in a game against the Vikings was 383 and was done in 1983 by Lynn Dickey. The next five best passing yard totals by a Packers quarterback against Minnesota all belong to Brett Favre.
-The most touchdown passes ever thrown for in a game against the Packers by a Vikings quarterback was six and was done by Tommy Kramer in 1986. Interestingly, Kramer only put up 241 passing yards despite getting six touchdown passes.
-No Packers quarterback has thrown for more touchdowns in a game against the Vikings than Brett Favre, who in a 1997 game connected for five touchdown passes in a 38-32 win.
-The most rushing yards ever ran for in a game against the Packers by a Vikings running back was 192 and was accomplished in 2008 by Adrian Peterson.
-The record for rushing yards by a Packers running back in a game against the Vikings is 164 yards and was accomplished in 1962 by Jim Taylor.
-The most rushing touchdowns ever scored in a game against the Packers by a Vikings running back was three and was done in 1974 by Chuck Foreman.
-No Packers running back has rushed for more touchdowns in a game against the Vikings than Paul Hornung, who in a 1962 game scored three touchdowns on the ground.
-The most receiving yards ever by a Vikings receiver in one game against the Packers was 190 by Randy Moss in 1998.
-The most receiving yards ever in a game against the Vikings by a Packers receiver was 191 and was done by Donald Driver in 2006.
-The most receiving touchdowns ever in a game against the Packers by a Vikings receiver was 2 and has been done 11 times. Cris Carter (1991, 93), Hassan Jones (1986, 92), Randy Moss (1998, 99), and Ahmad Rashad (1978, 79) each did it twice during their careers. The other three Vikings receivers to catch two touchdown passes in a game against the Packers are John Gilliam (1975), Steve Jordan (1986), and Jake Reed (1997).
-The most touchdown receptions ever caught in a game by a Packers receiver against the Vikings was 2 and has been accomplished by 13 players including Jessie Clark (1984), Tyrone Davis (1998), Boyd Dowler (1964), Donald Driver (2005), Robert Ferguson (2002), Antonio Freeman (1997), Ruvell Martin (2007), Max McGee (1962,64), Tom Moore (1963), Sterling Sharpe (1989), Jim Taylor (1964), and Javon Walker (2003).
-No quarterback has thrown for more 300 yard games against the Minnesota Vikings than current Vikings quarterback Brett Favre who managed to do it seven times. The two players tied for second on the list are Drew Bledsoe and Kerry Collins who have each done it just three times.
-No receiver has accumulated more 100 yard receiving games against the Minnesota Vikings than former Packers receiver Boyd Dowler, who from 1961 to 1967 had six 100 yards games against the Vikings.
-Former Vikings receiver Randy Moss has had more 100 yard receiving games against the Packers than anyone else in NFL history. He has put together seven of them so far in his career.
-There are 13 players who have scored 10 or more career touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers, and five of them are Minnesota Vikings. The list includes Bill Brown (12 TDs), Randy Moss (12 TDs), Cris Carter (11 TDs), Chuck Foreman (11 TDs), and Ahmad Rashad (10 TDs).