Vikes Look For Perfect Preseason

The Vikings are looking to history to be their motivation to beat Miami next Friday. If history means anything, a win could spell good things for the Vikings the rest of the way.

Preseason games are meaningless right? They don't count in the standings, right? Maybe as far as the Vikings are concerned, they have more meaning.

With a win over Miami Friday, the Vikings will complete a perfect 4-0 preseason. In the last 35 seasons, the Vikings have accomplished that just three times. Bud Grant did it in 1973 when the Vikes went 5-0. That season, Minnesota went to its second Super Bowl, losing to Miami.

The team has done it twice under Green. The first time came in 1992, when Green took over an 8-8 team and had cleaned house of several malcontent veterans. Pedictions had the team losing 10 games or more. Instead, they went 11-5 and won the NFC Central. The third time was in 1998 and most Vikings fans remember what happened that season -- a 15-1 regular season record and a few mistakes away from a Super Bowl appearance.

While players like Culpepper, Moss and Carter will likely see just cameo appearances Friday, the win could have a big impact for momentum heading into the regular season, making a "meaningless" game have some significance after all.

* Green has always been solid in preseason. In 10 years, he has a record of 27-15 in the preseason and it has been credited for the team's success in September. Since joining the Vikings in 1992, Green's teams have a 25-10 record in September and have lost just three of 16 home games.
* The Vikings avenged a pair of losses to the Colts from last season -- losing in the preseason as well as the regular-season finale.
* For those who downplay preseason records, they may have a point. Heading into the games last weekend, the only other teams that had a perfect record were the Patriots, Browns and Chargers -- all predicted in last place in their respective divisions this year. Of those three, only the Chargers won over the weekend, but it should be noted that San Diego was perfect in the preseason last year, but went 1-15 in the regular season.
* The Vikings haven't blown a lead once they've been ahead all preseason. However, in the last two games, they had to come from behind in both games -- from a 7-point deficit to Pittsburgh and a 10-point deficit to the Colts.
* John Madden refers to Randy Moss as a field-tilter because of his big-play ability. In three games in the preseason, Moss has four touchdowns -- three coming on catches of 74, 60 and 54 yards and the other a 3-yard TD that was set up one play earlier by a 59-yard reception. That is field tilting.

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