Ever since the debacle in the desert last year that kept the Vikings out of the 2003 playoffs, the organization has pointed to today -- the regular-season opener against a Cowboys team that beat them out of a playoff spot last year.
With a record-setting year expected from Randy Moss, Daunte Culpepper and the rest of the offense and a defense bolstered with the additions of coach Ted Cottrell, Antoine Winfield, Dontarrious Thomas and Kenechi Udeze, there is every reason for the team to be confident.
The Cowboys will be far from a pushover -- Bill Parcells is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history -- but the Vikings have put the pieces of the puzzle in place. Now the objective is simply to get the job done this year -- starting today.
* The Vikings got Mike Rosenthal officially signed to a six-year, $15 million deal. In an ironic twist, many linemen have a clause in their contracts insisting their weight remain down. Rosenthal has one that pays him bonuses if his weight remains ABOVE 315 pounds, not below it.
* In four career games, Moss has 21 receptions against the Cowboys, which have covered 525 yards with eight of those going for touchdowns.
* Vinny Testaverde needs just 57 passing yards to top 41,000 for his career.
* Former Viking Aaron Elling got a one-week workout with the Titans and, on his first field goal attempt, he pushed a 32-yarder wide right -- which explains why he will now be available to the other NFL teams again once Gary Anderson joins the Titans.
Get 'Er Done!
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