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Peterson moves up rushing list

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has 48 yards rushing today, giving him 11,244 for his career. He passed both Corey Dillon and O.J. Simpson on the NFL's all-time rushing yards list today, moving into 19th place. He needs 109 yards to pass John Riggins. Follow live

Bridgewater picked off in end zone again

Teddy Bridgewater was intercepted on a pass thrown into the end zone for the 3rd time this season, which trails only Sam Bradford (4) for the most in the NFL. The Vikings still lead 7-0 early in the second quarter. Follow live

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings ran for 241 yards in their win over the Falcons last year. Theyve already got 53 rushing yards today, with Adrian Peterson posting 33 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in the first quarter. Teddy Bridgewater is 8-for-10 for 100 yards, hitting five different receivers. Hes posted 41 of his passing yards on a pair of screens to Peterson and Rhett Ellison.

Peterson close to historic milestone

Adrian Peterson entered they day needing 41 rushing yards to pass O.J. Simpson for 20th on the all-time list and 46 rushing yards to pass Corey Dillon for 19th. He has 20 late in the first quarter. Follow live

Peterson extends TD streak

Adrian Peterson powered his way in from one yard out to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead over the Falcons. It's the fourth consecutive week he's scored a rushing touchdown, giving him 7 for the season. Follow live

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Teddy Bridgewater beat the Falcons and threw for a career-high 317 yards in his first NFL start last September. He'll look to go 2-0 against the Falcons today.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Birthday boy Stefon Diggs turns 22 today. The Vikings wide receiver will look to celebrate with his first big game since his 40-yard touchdown catch on Nov. 1 against the Bears.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings inactives vs. Falcons: S Harrison Smith, CB Trae Waynes, LB Edmond Robinson, C Nick Easton, T Jeremiah Sirles, DE Justin Trattou, QB Taylor Heinicke. Antone Exum will get his first career start at safety in place of Smith.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings and Falcons will both be without key starters in an important game between two playoff contenders. Devonta Freeman won't play for Atlanta, while Minnesota will try to contain Julio Jones without the help of safety Harrison Smith.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

With Harrison Smith out on Sunday against the Falcons, the Vikings will give second-year safety Antone Exum his first career start, according to a league source. The Vikings have had high hopes for the converted cornerback, who should give them a better option in coverage than Robert Blanton. Smith's injury doesn't figure to be a long-term ailment, but if Exum performs well on Sunday, he might have a chance to eventually unseat Andrew Sendejo.

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Matthew Berry doesn't Digg it this week

It's not that TMR isn't a fan of Stefon Diggs. It's that the rookie wideout faces a Falcons defense that has absolutely locked down outside receivers. Berry: Love/Hate

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What to expect in Vikings-Falcons

Atlanta has struggled lately, but Matt Ryan has never lost three straight at home. Who will prevail in a battle of wild-card hopefuls? Our NFL Nation bloggers debate. Week 12 predictions

Stats & Info

Can Falcons halt skid?

Losers of three in a row and four out of the last five, the Atlanta Falcons only have a 44 percent chance to take down the visiting Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN's Football Power Index.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards188.1Tied-30th
Rushing Yards141.93rd
Points For21.1Tied-22nd
Points Against18.43rd

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