NFL Capsule: Vikings at Texans

NFL Capsule: Vikings at Texans
December 20, 2012, 2:32 pm
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MINNESOTA (8-6) At HOUSTON (12-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Texans by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 7-7; Houston 9-5

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 2-0

AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 14; Texans No. 5

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Texans 28-21, Nov. 2, 2008

LAST WEEK - Vikings beat Rams 36-22; Texans beat Colts 29-17

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (4), PASS (32)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (13), PASS (23)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (5), PASS (11)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (5), PASS (18)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - With win, Houston secures both first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson needs 188 yards rushing to become seventh NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in season. ... He needs 294 yards rushing to break Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL rushing record of 2,105 set in 1984. ... Peterson's 1,313 yards rushing in last eight games most in eight-game span in single season in NFL history. ... Peterson has rushed for at least 100 yards in team-record eight straight games. ... Houston WR Andre Johnson has nine career games with at least 10 receptions and 150 yards receiving - tied with Tim Brown for second most in NFL history. ... Johnson needs one catch to reach 800 for career. Sunday is his 137th game, and catch would make him second fastest to reach milestone in NFL history behind Marvin Harrison, who did it in 131st game. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen has 41 sacks in past 39 games. ... Houston DE J.J. Watt needs 3 1/2 sacks to break Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22 1/2 . ... Minnesota LB Chad Greenway leads team with 140 tackles. ... Texans LB Whitney Mercilus tied for first among AFC rookies with six sacks. ... Vikings rookie S Harrison Smith tied for NFL lead with two interception returns for touchdowns. ... Houston RB Arian Foster leads NFL with 14 rushing touchdowns. ... Foster's 1,313 yards rushing best in AFC and mark third straight season with at least 1,200 yards rushing. ... Vikings have nine players from Texas on roster. ... Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier's son Corey and Houston coach Gary Kubiak's son Klein play football together at Rice. ... Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has second most touchdown catches among tight ends in NFL with eight.

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