Research Rants Week 5: Vikings At Jets

Vikings at Jets, 8:30 ET on ESPN

Research Rants Week 5: ESPN researchers Tom McKean and Travis Gordon take you inside the key stats for Monday Night Football between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Jets.

VIKINGS: QB BRETT FAVRE needs 1 TD pass to become 1st in NFL history with 500. Has 69,926 pass yards & needs 74 to be 1st ever with 70,000. Played 2008 with NYJ, passing for 3,472 yards & 22 TDs. Has completed 101 of 140 (72.1 pct.) for 1,194 yards with 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 115.6 rating in past 4 MNF games…RB ADRIAN PETERSON has rushed for 1,527 yards (127.3 per game) & 15 TDs in 12 career games vs. AFC. Has 4,876 career rush yards & needs 124 to reach 5,000 in 50 games to tie for 4th fastest in NFL history (TERRELL DAVIS)…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN had TD catch in Week 3. TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE aims for 4th MNF game in row with TD. WR BERNARD BERRIAN has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 MNF contests…DE JARED ALLEN has 3 sacks in 2 meetings & aims for 3rd in row vs. NYJ with sack. DT KEVIN WILLIAMS has 7.5 sacks in past 7 vs. AFC. CB LITO SHEPPARD played 11 games (9 starts) in 2009 with NYJ…

JETS: Club is 4-0 all-time at home vs. Min…In past 3, QB MARK SANCHEZ is 3-0 & has completed 50 of 82 passes (61.0 pct.) for 637 yards with 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 117.8 passer rating. Aims for 4th consecutive game w/2+ TD passes…In 2 career games vs. Min., RB LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON has 3 rush TDs & averages 101.0 rush yards per game (202 total). Tomlinson is tied for 3rd in NFL with 4 rushes of 20+ yards in ’10. Incl. playoffs, RB SHONN GREENE had 4th 100-yard rush game of career last week (117)…WR BRAYLON EDWARDS aims for 4th consecutive game w/TD rec. & has 40+ yard TD catch in past 2 (67, 41). WR SANTONIO HOLMES had career-high in rec. (79) & rec. yards (1,248) in ’09...TE DUSTIN KELLER has 2 TD rec. in each of past 2 games…DE SHAUN ELLIS aims for 3rd straight game with sack…LB JASON TAYLOR had 51-yard INT-TD in last game against Vikings (w/Mia. on 11/19/06).