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A Brief Look at Vikings/Broncos History

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As we look forward to the Week 4 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos, it's time to take a look back at the history between the two teams. As always, all numbers come from the good folks at Pro Football Reference.

Total Games Between the Vikings and the Broncos: 13 (0 post-season)

All-Time Regular Season Record: Vikings, 7-6

Total Vikings Points Scored, Head-to-Head, Regular Season: 285 (21.92/game)

Total Broncos Points Scored, Head-to-Head, Regular Season: 293 (22.54/game)

Longest Vikings' Winning Streak vs Broncos: 2 (3 times)

Longest Broncos' Winning Streak vs Vikings: 2 (2 times)

Most Recent Vikings' Victory in Denver: 31 October 1999 (Final score 23-20)

Most Recent Broncos' Victory in Denver: 30 December 2007 (Final score 19-22)

Biggest Vikings' Victory in Denver: 3 points (all 3 Vikings wins in Denver have come by 3 points)

Biggest Broncos' Victory in Denver: 21 points, 18 November 1984 (Final score 42-21)

Current Winning Streak: Broncos, 2 (30 December 2007 - 4 December 2011)

A few more interesting tidbits about the series:

  • The winning streak in this series has never lasted more than two games. Hopefully the Vikings can continue that trend on Sunday and stop Denver's current two-game win streak.
  • The 8 total points scored separating the two teams in the all-time series is the closest against any Vikings opponent. The next closest scoring series is against the Baltimore Ravens, who are separated by 14 points in 5 meetings against the Vikings.
  • The most recent loss in Denver knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs on the final week of the season. They had a chance to snag the last Wild Card spot but lost to a Broncos team with nothing to play for in overtime. (But truthfully the Vikings missed the playoffs by losing to the Washington Redskins at home the week before. I was at that game. It sucked. Washington would go on to win the following week to clinch the final NFC Wild Card berth.)
  • The last time these two teams played, none other than Tim Tebow led an improbable fourth quarter comeback despite Christian Ponder throwing for a career-high 381 yards. The 35-32 Denver win marked the highest scoring game in the series' history. (I was also at that game. It also sucked.)
  • Despite the change in elevation, there hasn't been much of a home field advantage in this series. After Sunday, there will have been seven games played in Minnesota and seven played in Denver in this series. The Vikings are 3-3 all-time in Denver and 4-3 at home against the Broncos.
  • UPDATE 10/1/15 10:43 AM: Reader Christopher Miller pointed out that I neglected to highlight the greatest moment in this series' history. In the 2003 meeting between the Vikings and Broncos, Randy Moss lateraled to Moe Williams to score a Vikings touchdown right before halftime:

    My apologies for not including this in the original post. It was an egregious oversight.
And there's our quick jaunt into the history books to look back at the series between the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos. Stay tuned for much, much more as we march on toward Sunday's game.