Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - While no one has come up with a catchy label, or invoked legends and curses involving billy goats or traded players the past few seasons, the Minnesota Vikings have been one of the NFL's most star-crossed franchises.
Vikings awaiting 'great test' - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - Contenders or pretenders? It's a question that could be asked about the Broncos (5-1) and the Vikings (5-0). An answer develops Sunday when the teams meet at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. "It will be a great test for our football team," Vikings coach Mike Tice told reporters Monday as his team resumed work after its bye week. "We're still one of the three unbeaten teams left in the league, and as I mentioned last week, I think people should probably still doubt the Vikings because of the fact that we've played one team with a winning record.
Coyer's scheme sacks opponents - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - With Daunte Culpepper scheduled to return to the Minnesota Vikings' starting lineup Sunday, Gus Frerotte's on-field presence may be little more than a rumor. But there's one thing the former Broncos quarterback says is a fact - he has re-established himself as a legitimate NFL signal-caller.
Moss is Broncos' next challenge - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 15, 2003 - Kelly Herndon and Lenny Walls fancy themselves as the "Dirty Street Show," a pseudonym derived from lyrics by rapper Killer Mike melded with their respective nicknames - "Streets" for Walls, "Dirty One" for Herndon. But Sunday, something perhaps even filthier will cross the path of the two starting Denver Broncos cornerbacks: Randy Moss' talent.
Broncos put Gold on IR list - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 15, 2003 - As expected, the Denver Broncos on Tuesday placed Ian Gold on injured reserve. But rather than add another linebacker to the roster, the Broncos signed veteran cornerback Scott Turner.
Adams: Big and tall Walls a hurdle for Moss - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
October 14, 2003 - Instead of a coin toss, they should have a jump ball at midfield at the Metrodome on Sunday between Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss and Denver Broncos cornerback Lenny Walls. Both stand 6-feet-4, so it will be one of the few times in his NFL career that Moss looks across the line of scrimmage and sees eye-to-eye with an opposing corner.
Chavous' film studies began when watching his uncle - Minneapolis Star Tribune- Kevin Seifert
October 15, 2003 - The vast video collection that has come to define Vikings safety Corey Chavous began for one simple reason: He wanted to watch his uncle play football. Barney Chavous was a defensive end for the Denver Broncos from 1973-85. Later, he was a Broncos assistant coach. Corey would watch tapes of his uncle's games, beginning at age 7, and as a high schooler he served as a ball boy during training camp. The two almost certainly will talk this week in anticipation of the Vikings' game Sunday against Denver.
Culpepper passes to Moss for a gain without pain - St. Paul Pioneer Press - Bill Williamson
Tue, Oct. 14, 2003 - Daunte Culpepper positioned his hands underneath center Matt Birk. Randy Moss lined up on the outside. Culpepper dropped back. Moss sprinted toward the end zone. Culpepper effortlessly threw a bullet. Moss gracefully made a leaping catch. They're back — and without pain.
Big leads hurt Vikings' stats - St. Paul Pioneer Press - Sean Jensen
Wed, Oct. 15, 2003 - The Vikings' defense doesn't need statistics to substantiate the improvements it's made from seasons past. But several players and coordinator George O'Leary were disappointed when informed of their NFL ranking. After rating fourth overall after two games, the Vikings have slipped over the past four weeks, dropping to seventh, 10th, 19th and now 21st. "Dang, 21?" Vikings linebacker Henri Crockett asked. "That surprises me." The numbers don't lie, but they might be misleading.
Dixon shows he still has gas left in tank - St. Paul Pioneer Press - Bill Williamson
Wed, Oct. 15, 2003 - David Dixon has a message for the Vikings' coaching staff: I'm not done yet. The right guard is having a strong season and believes he can play one more year. After last season, the coaching staff told Dixon, 34, he likely would be replaced after this year. Not so fast, said Dixon, who has been with the Vikings since 1994. He is both the longest tenured and the oldest Viking.
Lindsay Evered's Cheerleader Diary - DenverBroncos.com - Lindsay Evered
Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 5 and 1 going strong and thank goodness for Jason Elam! In football, there is nothing better than an exciting, adrenaline pumping, teeth clenching &ndash last minute win. And following last week&rsquos unfortunate loss to Kansas City, Sunday's game against the Steelers was no exception.
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