Vikings History: Tennessee Titans

Vikings History: Tennessee Titans

The Minnesota Vikings travel south to, they hope, school the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon. Tony Wenham gives us a Vikings history lesson on their previous battles.

In their history, the Vikings have only played the Tennessee Titans 12 times. Seven times when the Titans were the Houston Oilers, and five in their current incarnation – although when they played in 1998, they were known as the Tennessee Oilers. The Vikings are ahead in the series – winning eight times to four losses. The last meeting between these two teams was on October 7th, 2012.

The quarterback in control of the offense was none other than Christian Ponder, who despite having an up and down (mostly down) career in Minnesota, came into the game with solid steady performances. He had thrown for four touchdowns and zero interceptions in this previous four games that season. Ponder finished the game 25 of 35 for an accuracy of 71%, adding two more touchdowns to his stats, but, he also tossed two interceptions – starting a string of three straight games with double interceptions. However, the Titans game were never close. Tennessee didn’t score until he fourth quarter and Minnesota came away with a 30-7 victory.

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The biggest margin of victory for either team came all the way back in 1974, when the Vikings faced the Houston Oilers for the first time in their history. The Vikings decimated the Oilers by a margin of 51-10 and the great Fran Tarkenton threw for 275 yards with a 75% completion percentage and three touchdowns. The game was going so well that backup quarterback Bob Berry mopped things up with two touchdown passes. That win put the Vikings at 5-0 and on their way to winning their second consecutive NFC championship. Ultimately the Vikings became the first team to lose in back to back Super Bowls.

Out of the two quarterback options for the Vikings this Sunday – Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill – there is a very little history against the Titans. Sam Bradford has never faced them and Shaun Hill, despite being in the league longer than the name ‘Tennessee Titans’, has only played them once. In that 2012 game game he took over for an injured Matthew Stafford and led a quick 80 yard drive in 58 seconds to tie the game and take it into overtime. Hill finished 10 of 13 for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans with a passer rating of 157.9.

Adrian Peterson has only played against Tennessee twice. Both times he gave a solid, if under average performance (for Peterson). He currently sits at 168 yards rushing on 35 attempts, an average of 4.8 yards per carry, adding 2 touchdowns. Expect Peterson to make history Sunday as all he needs is 20 yards to move past Fred Taylor in the all-time rushing list.

AP needs 400 yards to bypass Thurman Thomas and secure a spot in the top 15 list of all-time rushers.

So, when it comes to the Vikings and Titans… history favours the guys in purple and gold.

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