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Thursday, September 30, 2004

NFC Offensive Player of the Week

From the Minnesota Vikings official site
Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the 2nd time this season and the 5th time in his career after throwing for 360 yards and 2 TDs in the Vikings' 27-22 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Culpepper won the award for Week 1 when he threw for a career-high 5 TD passes in the season opener vs. Dallas (9/12).

Culpepper completed 19-30 passes for 360 yards and 2 TDs vs. Chicago. He did not throw an interception and posted a QB rating of 127.1.

Culpepper is the top-ranked passer in the NFL with a 124.8 rating. He has completed 73-100 passes on the season for 945 yards and 8 TDs with only 1 interception

Go Vikings!

Thursday, September 09, 2004

"The Great Dane"

The Vikings recently acquired 44 year old kicker Morton "The Great Dane" Anderson. Coach Mike Tice was not at all hesitant singing the oldest player in the league. Anderson has made 502 of 636 field goals and 753 of 763 PATs. Anderson does have the record for most game winning field goals and most converted field goals at 50 plus yards. Morton Anderson also has 2,259 points which puts him in second behind Gary Anderson's league record of 2,348 points. We will see what awaits us this season.

On a side note, Gary Anderson was Viking as well when he set the record.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Cutting Up This Sunday

We are not going to discuss the Vikings loss against Seattle yesterday...The final score was 21-23. Now lets see what's going on this weekend...

With final rosters needing to be cut to 53 players by Sunday, the Vikings face some tough decisions as to who will stay and who will go.

The Vikings, like the other 31 teams in the NFL, need to get their roster trimmed to 53 players by Sunday. While some of the cuts will be easy to make, there are others that will be much more difficult. The popular belief is that wide receiver Ben Nelson , who had a strong training camp, has earned a roster spot, but that is likely to happen only if the Vikes keep six wide receivers -- or the unlikely event that Nelson surpasses Keenan Howry. Similar questions exist on offensive line and in the secondary, where the Vikings may want to keep an extra player -- which would likely come out of the wide receiver numbers.

Any way you look at it, the numbers are going to be difficult to crunch and some tough cuts are going to have to be made by Mike Tice and his staff.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Game against 49ers went very well

The Vikings dominated hard and early at the preseason game against San Francisco!

Daunte Culpepper went 20-for-27 for 204 yards and a touchdown, and the Vikings overcame their struggles to finish off drives, beating the San Francisco 49ers 23-10 in a preseason game Friday night. The Vikings outgained San Francisco 326-61 in total yards in the first half and took a 16-0 lead into halftime before allowing the 49ers to slowly close the gap.

After rookie Mewelde Moore returned the opening kickoff 43 yards, Culpepper completed three passes totaling 46 yards to Nate Burleson. The final one, a 17-yarder to Burleson in the end zone, put the Vikings up 7-0 two minutes in. Burleson, who took the No. 2 receiver spot this week when Marcus Robinson tweaked his hamstring, finished with five catches for 89 yards. On their next possession, Culpepper again shredded San Francisco's secondary, throwing for 55 yards, including a 26-yard TD to Kelly Campbell.