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Jaguars at Vikings Capsule

JACKSONVILLE (5-11) At MINNESOTA (3-13)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE – Vikings by 4 1/2

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Jacksonville 6-9-1; Minnesota 6-9-1

SERIES RECORD – Vikings lead 3-1

AP PRO32 RANKING – Jaguars No. 31; Vikings No. 28

LAST MEETING – Vikings beat Jaguars 30-12, 2008

JAGUARS OFFENSE – OVERALL (32), RUSH (12), PASS (32)

JAGUARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (9), RUSH (9), PASS (8)

VIKINGS OFFENSE – OVERALL (18), RUSH (4), PASS (28)

VIKINGS DEFENSE – OVERALL (11), RUSH (11), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – First regular season game for Mike Mularkey as coach of Jaguars, and for new owner Shad Khan. … Maurice Jones-Drew will be playing first game after missing all of training camp and preseason in contract dispute. Jones-Drew led league in rushing last season, but Mularkey said he will be used as third-down back to ease him into things. … Rashad Jennings will start at RB in Jones-Drew’s place. Jennings missed last season with knee injury but looked good in preseason, leading AFC with 209 yards rushing. … Mularkey spent six seasons as tight end for Vikings (1983-88). … Jaguars 11-6 (.647) in season openers, second-best winning percentage behind Cowboys (.663). ….Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert begins first full season as starter. Became youngest QB in NFL history to start at least 13 games. After rough rookie year, Gabbert threw for 355 yards, three TDs with 95.0 passer rating in preseason. … Gabbert is friend of Vikings QB Christian Ponder, who also begins first full season as starter. Ponder started final 10 games of 2011. Completed 54 percent of passes with 13 TDs and 13 INTs on year. … All eyes will be on Vikings star RB Adrian Peterson, who is coming off torn ACL in left knee at end of last season. Coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson will be game-time decision. He was injured in second-to-last game of last season, but made it goal to start in Week 1. … Toby Gerhart should get plenty of action against Jags. He rushed for 369 yards in final five games of last season, including first career 100-yard game when Peterson went down against Redskins. … Vikings open at home for first time since 2007. … Vikings playing first of three games without WR Jerome Simpson (suspension). … Vikings DE Jared Allen had 22 sacks last season, looking to become first player in NFL history with two 20-sack seasons.


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