Tennessee Titans (0-0) vs. Minnesota Vikings (0-0)
Sunday, September 11th, 2016 | Noon CDT
Nashville, TN | Nissan Stadium | TV: FOX
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans and Minnisota Vikings have met just 12 times in the regular season. The Vikings lead the series 8-4, including wins by the Vikings in the last four meetings at Mall of America Field.
The Titans and Vikings have opened the regular season against each other on one prior occasion. In 1989, the Vikings hosted and defeated the then-Oilers on Kickoff Weekend by a final score of 38-7. It was the first of 10 victories during the regular season for the eventual NFC Central Champion Vikings.Most recently, the teams faced off in Minneapolis in Week 5 of the 2012 campaign. The Vikings scored the game’s first 23 points and ultimately won by a final score of 30-7.
Quarterback Christian Ponder (258 passing yards), receiver Percy Harvin (108 receiving yards) and running back Adrian Peterson (88 rushing yards) led the way for the Vikings.
In the latest home game for the Titans against the Vikings, which took place on September 28th, 2008, the Titans prevailed 30-17. That game marked the Vikings’ lone regular season appearance in the history of Nissan Stadium.
The Vikings began their expansion season in the NFL in 1961, one season after the Oilers helped launch the American Football League. It was not until five seasons into the 1970 NFL-AFL merger that the two teams played their first regular season game against each other.
The first Oilers-Vikings game in 1974 finished with a lopsided score of 51-10 in favor of the Vikings. It is still tied for the ninth biggest defeat in Titans/Oilers history. The Vikings finished that season with a trip to Super Bowl IX.
The 1974 meeting also was the first and only game played by the Oilers at Metropolitan Stadium, which the Vikings would leave in 1982 when Mall of America Field (the Metrodome) opened. At Mall of America Field, the Titans managed one win in six outings. They were victorious there in 1992, the last time they beat the Vikings before a four-game losing streak began.
The first time the Vikings played in Tennessee during the regular season was December 26th, 1998. On that day, the then-Oilers hosted the Vikings in the regular season finale, a game the Vikings won by a final score of 26-16.
The Oilers were left with an 8-8 record, while the Vikings were 15-1 and would later advance to the NFC Championship Game. In their final time playing at Vanderbilt Stadium, the occasion also marked the final game the team would be called the Oilers. In 1999, Nissan Stadium opened and the team took the name Titans.
Most Recent Matchups
2004 Week 7 • October 24th, 2004 • Titans 3 at Vikings 20
Tennessee opens the game with 40-yard Gary Anderson field goal … On the first play of the second quarter, Steve McNair reinjures his chest and Billy Volek takes over at quarterback … Vikings take a 17-3 lead by halftime … Volek is intercepted in the end zone, and then on the ensuing possession, his pass to Derrick Mason—which would have resulted in a first down at the two-yard line—is called back for unnecessary roughness … Vikings close the game with a 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 4 • September 28th, 2008 • Vikings 17 at Titans 30
A strong defensive effort allows the Titans to start the season 4-0 for the first time in franchise history … Tennessee limits Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to 80 yards on the ground, forces four turnovers and records four sacks … Rookie Chris Johnson scores his first career rushing touchdown in the first quarter and adds another with six seconds remaining in regulation to seal the win.
2012 Week 5 • October 7th, 2012 • Titans 7 at Vikings 30
The Vikings score the game’s first 23 points until the Titans get on the scoreboard with a fourth-quarter pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Jared Cook … Hasselbeck starts for an injured Jake Locker (shoulder) … Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder passes for two touchdowns, including one to receiver Percy Harvin, who totals 108 yards on eight catches and adds a rushing touchdown … Adrian Peterson rushes for 88 yards for the Vikings.