Green Plays Game With Media, Titans

Dennis Green has been known to play games in the past, but he played games with Titans coach Jeff Fisher all week about who would start at QB -- Todd Bouman or Daunte Culpepper -- despite the team knowing it all along.

Randy Moss let the information slip last week that Todd Bouman would be the starting quarterback Sunday, but, considering Moss' recent problems with the media, many considered he might have been lying.

Meanwhile, Dennis Green used his version of Greenspeak to let people know the answer, saying Daunte Culpepper was improving, but that the Metrodome turf wasn't condusive to his rehab on his knee.

All week, Green kept up the charade that he didn't know Bouman would start. Even the media releases in the press box an hour-and-a-half before gametime said the decision at QB and how it would affect the depth charts would be "a game time announcement."

To complicate matters, Green had both Bouman and Culpepper work out side by side prior to game time, both going through identical warmup sequences. However, when all was said and done, it turned out Green, Bouman, Culpepper and the rest of the team knew on Friday -- if not earlier -- that Bouman would start Sunday.

At his post-game press conference Green admitted Bouman was told Friday he would start, but even after the win, players maintained Green's front that it was a game-time decision.

When asked about when he found out, Cris Carter said "just a couple of hours before the game."

When interviewed himself, Bouman said he wasn't sure when it was -- either Saturday or early Sunday. When told Green had said it was Friday, Bouman responded, "Yeah, one of those days -- Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I don't remember exactly."

* The 42 points for the Vikings was the most in a game since the Vikings scored 50 at home against Jacksonville in 1998.
* The Vikings scored 14 points in each of the final three quarters. Through 11 games, the team had scored 57 points in the second quarter, 49 in the third and 65 in the fourth -- all an average of less than 7 points a game in any quarter this year.
* The team didn't score in the first quarter, which remains a big problem for the Vikings, who have been outscore 53-34 in the opening quarter.
* Welcome to the record books, Todd Bouman, who will certainly remember the Titans. He set team records for attempts (31), completions (21), yards (348) and touchdowns (4) in the first start of an NFL career.
* Lost in the hoopla over Bouman's big day was Michael Bennett's first 100-yard game of his career and his first and second career rushing touchdowns.
* Prior to last week, Bennett had not scored a career TD. Between the Steelers and Titans he has three touchdowns.
* Doug Chapman scored his first career touchdown Sunday.
* Randy Moss was booed loudly during most of the game, but, when he caught a short pass and broke it for a 73-yard touchdown, Moss became the first wide receiver in NFL history to start his career with four 1,000-yard seasons.
* For having such an "off-year," Moss is on pace to have 90 receptions for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. Most people consider that a good season.
* Bouman's four touchdowns did not include Cris Carter, who just scores TDs. His TD passes went to Moss, Chapman, Byron Chamberlain and Jake Reed.
* It took 12 games and an injury, but for the first time all season Culpepper is no longer the team's leading rusher.
* The win was the 101st of Green's career, moving him just one behind former 49er genius Bill Walsh for No. 28 on the all-time wins list. Green is tied will Bill Cowher at No. 29 with 101 regular-season and postseason wins. Mike Holmgren is at No. 25 with 105, in a three-way tie with Vince Lombardi and Tom Flores.
* With Sunday's win, Green is 11-3 in his career vs. the AFC Central.

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