Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Go Figure: After passing on RG3, Rams stocked up on picks

Posted by: under Rookies, Vikings, Bears, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, Percy Harvin Updated: December 12, 2012 - 8:56 AM

As the Vikings prepare for Sunday’s Week 15 game with St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome, here’s a look at a handful of eye-opening figures and facts.

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Draft picks, in total, acquired by St. Louis this spring in return for the No. 2 selection in April’s draft. It started with a blockbuster trade with Washington, which moved up four slots to No. 2. The Redskins, of course, used that second pick on star quarterback Robert Griffin III. In return, the Rams received first round picks in 2012, ’13 and ’14 and a second-round pick (No. 39) this year as well. With the 2012 picks acquired from Washington, St. Louis traded the No. 6 selection to Dallas for the 14th and 45th picks. The Rams drafted defensive tackle Michael Brockers at 14, then traded the 45th pick for Chicago’s No. 50 and No. 150 selections. With the 39th pick, the Rams took cornerback Janoris Jenkins. At 50, they selected running back Isaiah Pead. And with the 150th pick, they grabbed guard Rokevious Watkins.

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Combined wins by the Vikings and Rams this season, through Week 14. The two teams will face each other Sunday afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome, both coming off impressive wins. The Vikings used Peterson’s big day plus two pivotal interceptions by rookies Josh Robinson and Harrison Smith to upset Chicago 21-14. St. Louis rallied to beat Buffalo 15-12 on a last-minute Sam Bradford to Brandon Gibson touchdown pass

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Combined wins by the Vikings and Rams in 2011. The Rams finished 2-14 while the Vikings skidded to a 3-13 season.

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Games this season in which Adrian Peterson has rushed for more than 150 yards. Peterson had 154 yards in Sunday’s 21-14 win over the Bears. Add that to a 2012 resume that also includes a 210-yard outing at Green Bay, 182 at Seattle, 171 versus Detroit and 153 against Tampa Bay.

 

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Games this season in which Christian Ponder has thrown for fewer than 150 yards. On Sunday, he was 11-for-17 for 91 yards and an interception. Add that to a 2012 resume that also includes a 58-yard effort against Arizona, 63 yards at Seattle, 111 yards at Detroit and 119 yards at Green Bay.

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Games this season in which the Vikings haven’t trailed. They took the lead for good Sunday just 3:07 into the game when Adrian Peterson scored on a 1-yard run to cap an 80-yard touchdown march. The Vikings also have victories this season over San Francisco, Detroit (twice), Tennessee and Arizona in which they never trailed. On the season, the Vikings are 6-1 when leading after the first quarter.

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Yards per game allowed by the Rams this season, fourth best in the NFL. Only the 49ers (275.5), Bears (301.7) and Seahawks (314.2). St. Louis is getting significant contributions throughout their defense. Ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long have combined for 17 sacks. Linebacker James Laurinaitis has a team-best 119 tackles. And cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins have six interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns.

 

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2009

Year the Vikings last visited St. Louis. During a magical season, the Vikings delivered their second most decisive victory of the year. The 38-10 win saw Adrian Peterson score on runs of 5 and 7 yards while defensive end Jared Allen contributed a 52-yard fumble recovery touchdown.

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Receptions this season by Percy Harvin. Harvin’s catch total still leads the team by a wide margin, even though he hasn’t played since Nov. 4 and was put on injured reserve last week. Kyle Rudolph has the best chance of catching Harvin on the Vikings’ receptions list. But Rudolph (45 catches, 412 yards, eight touchdowns) was held without a grab Sunday against Chicago and has three games this season without a catch. Next on the team’s catch leader list: Peterson (38 grabs, 211 yards) and Michael Jenkins (34-360).

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Chicago WSox - WP: R. Belisario 7 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Soria 4
Colorado - LP: P. Hernandez 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 3
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
San Diego - LP: O. Despaigne 2
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 10 FINAL
Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez 4
LA Angels - WP: H. Santiago 1 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: R. Webb 0
Seattle - WP: J. Beimel 6 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: B. Shaw 5
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: T. Koehler 1
Minnesota - LP: C. Thielbar 3 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 6
Toronto - WP: A. Sanchez 6 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 5
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Locke 4 FINAL
Arizona - WP: O. Perez 7
Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
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Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
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Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Edmonton 8/8/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Hamilton 8/8/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/9/14 6:30 PM
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