• Denver quarterback Peyton Manning’s father, Archie, played for the Vikings in 1983 and ’84. One of the interesting facts about his career here is that he was sacked nine times in a 14-9 loss to the Bears in 1984. In that game, the Bears totaled 11 sacks, with two coming against Wade Wilson. In September 1983, Vikings General Manager Mike Lynn, thinking the team could win a division title, acquired five-time Pro Bowl tight end Dave Casper along with Manning from the Houston Oilers for two draft choices, but the team ended up only 8-8.
• Peyton Manning is 3-0 against the Vikings and has completed 76.2 percent of his passes for 862 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions, good for a QB rating of 120.7.
• Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on people questioning the arm strength of the 39-year-old Manning: “It’s hard for me to know about his arm strength or anything like that. All I know is that I saw him throw a 25-yard comeback with a 10-yard drop on a perfect throw to the sideline.”
• A couple of former Vikings coaches are now working for the Broncos: Denver outside linebackers coach Fred Pagac was the defensive coordinator here in 2011 and worked with the Vikings from 2010 to 2013, and defensive backs coach Joe Woods held that job here from 2006 to 2013.
• With the news that the Tigers will retain manager Brad Ausmus for next season, look for former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who was rumored to be a candidate for that job, to be considered by the Padres.
• The Twins will send a number of their top prospects to play with Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League: pitchers Nick Burdi, Trevor Hildenberger, Jake Reed and Taylor Rogers, catchers Mitch Garver and Stuart Turner and outfielder Adam Brett Walker.