!(../teams/profile?team=ATL)!(../teams/profile?team=MIN)Series leader:Vikings, 14-8
Streaks:Falcons have won two of past three matchups
On TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX (Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli)
Remember the last time? Oct. 2, 2005: Falcons 30, Vikings 10. Atlanta's defense registers nine sacks and forces three turnovers. Falcons RB Warrick Dunn runs for 126 yards and 1 TD.
Inside the game:
Falcons: Bobby Petrino makes NFL head coaching debut. ... QB Joey Harrington makes first start with Falcons, and is 3-0 in career on Kickoff Weekend. ... WR Joe Horn joins club after spending past seven seasons with Saints where he caught 523 passes for 7,622 yards and 50 TDs. Horn will also wear Michael Vick's cleats in a show of support for the fallen star ... In past two seasons, Pro Bowl CB DeAngelo Hall has 10 INTs for NFL-best 308 yards (30.8 avg.).
Vikings: Have won 15 of past 20 home openers. ... QB Tarvaris Jackson makes third career start and last year became only third rookie in team history to start at QB as rookie. Passed for career-high 213 yards in last start. ... RB Chester Taylor rushed for career-high 1,214 yards last season, fourth-best total in franchise history. ... Team's first-round draft pick RB Adrian Peterson (No. 7) makes NFL debut. Peterson rushed for 1,000-plus yards in all three seasons at Oklahoma, finishing with 4,045 yards and 41 TDs.