The history between the Minnesota Vikings and the St. Louis Rams has been a fairly interesting one that has developed over the years. The Rams have had two different homes since the Vikings were founded, having moved to Los Angeles in 1946 and to St. Louis in 1995. (They also played in Cleveland from 1937 to 1945, even bringing home the 1945 NFL Championship.) Of the 43 games these teams have played against each other (counting post-season games), they've only met nine times since the Rams fled the City of Angels.
Let's take a look back at some of the numbers from the history between these two teams, courtesy (as always) of the good folks at Pro Football Reference.
Total Games Between the Rams and the Vikings: 43 (36 regular season, 7 post-season)
All-Time Head-to-Head Record: Vikings, 20-14-2 (Vikings have a 5-2 edge in the post-season)
Total Rams' Points Scored, Head-to-Head, Regular Season: 795 (22.1 points/game)
Total Vikings' Points Scored, Head-to-Head, Regular Season: 823 (22.9 points/game)
Longest Rams' Winning Streak Against the Vikings, Regular Season: 3 (15 October 1978 - 6 October 1985)
Longest Vikings' Winning Streak Against the Rams, Regular Season: 6 (20 September 1987 - 13 September 1998)
Most Recent Rams' Victory in Minnesota: 31 December 2006 (Final score 41-21)
Most Recent Vikings' Victory in Minnesota: 11 December 2005 (Final score 27-13)
Biggest Rams' Victory in Minnesota: 28 points, 1 December 1968 (Final score 31-3)
Biggest Vikings' Victory in Minnesota: 28 points, 16 October 1966 (Final score 35-7)
Current Streak: Vikings, 3
And a few random facts about the history between these two teams.
-The seven playoff games that the Vikings have played against the Rams are tied for the most they've played against any opponent. They've also played the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs seven times.
-It's been nearly a decade since the Rams had to make the trip north to Minnesota. The last time they came to the Twin Cities was the 2006 season finale, and they ripped Minnesota in a big way. They got all the way out to a 41-7 lead at the Metrodome before a couple of garbage time scores made it look much more respectable than it actually was.
-The last time the Vikings beat the Rams in Minnesota was the game in December 2005 that's listed above. In that game, they forced a spritely young quarterback by the name of Ryan Fitzpatrick into five interceptions. Despite that, the game was tied at 13 early in the fourth quarter before touchdown runs from Michael Bennett and Ciatrick Fason put it away for Minnesota.
-The last three games in this series have taken place in St. Louis. The home cooking hasn't done much for the Rams, though. . .the combined score of those three games? Minnesota 108, St. Louis 38.
-Adrian Peterson has enjoyed taking on the Rams. The Vikings have defeated the Rams in all three games Peterson has played against them (all in St. Louis), and he has carried the ball 59 times for 350 yards and three scores. That's an average of nearly six yards/carry.
-The Vikings have seen Rams' starting quarterback Nick Foles once in his career, back when he was the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles led the Eagles into the Metrodome on 15 December 2013, and found himself on the wrong end of a 48-30 Minnesota victory. Foles played a pretty solid game, however, completing 30-of-48 passes for 428 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.
And that's a quick look back at the history between the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings, ladies and gentlemen.