Over the course of their history, the Minnesota Vikings have had a lot of success against a lot of different franchises.
The Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders are not one of them.
The Vikings have come out on the short end of the stick more than their fair share of times against the silver and black over the years. The Raiders handed the Vikings the fourth of their four Super Bowl defeats in Super Bowl
IX XI by a score of 32-14. As you'll see in our post here, the regular season hasn't been any kinder to our favorite football team over the years.
So, let's take a look back, even though it's a little on the ugly side. As always, all of the facts and numbers in this post are brought to you by the good folks from Pro Football Reference.
Total Games Between the Vikings and the Raiders: 14 (13 regular season, 1 post-season)
All-Time Head-to-Head Record: Raiders, 9-4 (Raiders 1-0 in post-season play)
Total Vikings' Points Scored, Head-to-Head, Regular Season: 250 (19.2 points/game)
Total Raiders' Points Scored, Head-to-Head, Regular Season: 321 (24.7 points/game)
Longest Vikings' Winning Streak Against the Raiders, Regular Season: 1 (four different times)
Longest Raiders' Winning Streak Against the Vikings, Regular Season: 4 (11 December 1977 - 14 October 1984)
Most Recent Vikings' Victory in Oakland: 17 November 1996 (Final score 16-13)
Most Recent Raiders' Victory in Oakland: 16 November 2003 (Final score 28-18)
Biggest Vikings' Victory in Oakland: 3 points, 17 November 1996 (Final score 16-13)
Biggest Raiders' Victory in Oakland: 22 points, 11 December 1977 (Final score 35-13)
Current Streak: Raiders, 1 victory
And a couple of random things about the history between these two teams. . .
-The Vikings' regular season win percentage of .308 against the Raiders is their second-lowest against any opponent in franchise history. The only team that Minnesota has a lower winning percentage against is the New York Jets (2-8, giving them a winning percentage of .200).
-You probably figured this out from the facts listed above, but the Vikings have only defeated the Raiders on the road once in team history, back in 1996. That game saw the Vikings jump out to a quick 10-0 lead on an 82-yard touchdown pass from Brad Johnson to Jake Reed. After a pick-6 for the Raiders, the teams traded field goals for the rest of the afternoon, with Scott Sisson eventually getting the better of Cole Ford in a 16-13 Minnesota win.
-Overall, the Vikings have a record of 1-5 against the Raiders when they have to travel out to the West Coast. Granted, they're only 3-4 against them at home, but that's a heck of a lot better than 1-5.
-The last two games in this series took place at the Metrodome. In 2007, with Adrian Peterson out with a knee injury, Chester Taylor put the Vikings on his back and ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-22 Minnesota win. In 2011, the Vikings got on the board first and took a 7-0 lead, but the Raiders controlled things from there, scoring the next 24 points and holding the Vikings off in the fourth quarter to win 27-21.
-That 2011 game was Peterson's only appearance against the Raiders in his career, and it was not his best day. He did find the end zone, but only carried the ball six times for 26 yards in the contest. He left that game in the second quarter with an ankle injury.
-The last time Minnesota traveled to Oakland was in 2003. The game featured Phillip Buchanon intercepting Daunte Culpepper for a pick-6 on the second play from scrimmage and the. . .bleh. . .Rick Mirer-led Raiders getting out to a 21-3 lead. Minnesota managed to close the gap to 21-18, but couldn't complete the comeback as the Raiders got one more touchdown to seal a 28-18 win.
And that's a quick look back at the history between the Minnesota Vikings and the Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders. Here's hoping that the Vikings can generate a significant reversal of their fortunes on Sunday afternoon.