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.