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7-3, 1st in NFC North

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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Vikings injury report for Wednesday: Harrison Smith and Everson Griffen were the only two not practicing:

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Vikings' emergency QB: Jarius Wright

Jerick McKinnon played quarterback at Georgia Southern, but he rarely threw the ball. Wright doesn't have experience under center, but the coaching staff would probably turn to him in a pinch. Emergency QBs

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Woodson among 32 sportsmanship nominees

Veterans Charles Woodson, Philip Rivers and Calvin Johnson are among 32 players nominated for the Art Rooney Award that honors sportsmanship in the NFL.

Team Stats

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

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