Win May Be Bittersweet For Chavous

The Vikings' win Sunday at Lambeau Field may be tarnished somewhat if the postgame fears about safety Corey Chavous are confirmed.

Safety Corey Chavous had one of his shining moments as a Viking Sunday at Lambeau Field. However, many at Winter Park will be holding their breath today awaiting medical results from Chavous' injured right knee.

Chavous, who had two interceptions Sunday, including one in the fourth quarter that effectively iced the game, was diagnosed with a strained right MCL after the game. The injury, which VU has been told was sustained in the first half, didn't keep Chavous off the field in the second half, but might keep him from playing for the short-term future.

VU has been told that Chavous may be sidelined until after the Vikings' bye week with the MCL injury -- or miss as little as Sunday's game vs. the Bears. Testing will be done today, which may prompt the Vikings to make a roster move to replace Chavous' spot in the lineup.

Ron Israel, cut last week as part of the paring down to 53 players that the Vikings had to do Labor Day weekend, is a name that has popped up. After having such a critical role in the Vikings' win Sunday, VU is hoping that medical tests will come back negative (or positive, in realistic terms) about Chavous' knee injury. But, for now, it looks like he may be out anywhere from one week to after the Vikes' bye week.

* Randy Moss posted his seventh 100-yard game in 11 meetings with the Packers. In those 11 games, he has scored 10 touchdowns, including one Sunday.
* More than 100 noteworthy former Packers were on hand Sunday for the re-dedication of Lambeau Field.
* The Packers may have sustained more than just a divisional loss Sunday. The team's top two receivers -- Donald Driver and Robert Ferguson -- were injured in the game. Action stopped for more than 10 minutes while Driver lay motionless on the field after landing awkwardly on his right shoulder and sustaining temporary paralysis. While his injury isn't considered career threatening, it had several players and coaches for both teams praying for him. Ferguson left the game four plays later with what might be torn knee ligaments. If either or both injuries sideline the starters for any extended period, the Packers may find their passing game ground to a halt.
* One of the big questions asked by VU Sunday was why the Packers didn't go for two points after scoring a TD to cut the deficit to 30-17. Green Bay kicked an extra point to make the score 30-18 -- which would require two touchdowns in the final minutes to win the game. For his part, Packers coach Mike Sherman made no sense.
"I went off the (two-point) chart and we had a five-point game at the end," Sherman said after the game. "If we score a touchdown, we win the game."
The problem with that flawed logic? If the Packers go for two points at the time and fail, they're behind by 13 points and still need two TDs to win the game. However, if the two-point conversion works, they would have been behind by 11 points, which could have meant a touchdown with another two-point conversion and field goal could have tied the game. Sherman blew it, but wouldn't admit it.
* Rookie RB Onterrio Smith didn't play a down Sunday and rookie WR Nate Burleson was replaced by Kelly Campbell in most three-receiver pass sets Sunday.
* After the win, Tice gave the team the day off today.
* With three TD passes Sunday, Daunte Culpepper notched his 68th TD pass, surpassing Wade Wilson (66) for third place all-time with the Vikes. He has a long way to go to move into No. 2, held by Tommy Kramer at 159. Harder to achieve will be No. 1, held by Fran Tarkenton with 239.
* Last year, the Vikings defense had a total of 16 interceptions. The team got four on Sunday.
* The Vikings displayed some trickery on the opening kickoff Sunday. The team put Moss on as a return man. The intent was to panic the Packers into a fake reverse. It didn't work as planned, since the Vikings offense opened its first drive on the 24-yard line following a fake reverse to Moss.

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