Culpepper Garners Another Award

The hardware continues to pile up for Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper. He notched his third NFC Offensive Player of the Week award on the heels of his third five-touchdown game this season.

They may as well start contemplating changing the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award to the Culpepper Cup. For the third time in five games — and what should be a fourth — Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper was named NFC Offensive POW for his performance against the Saints.

Against New Orleans, Culpepper was 26-for-37 for 425 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. It was his third game this season with five touchdowns, an NFL record.

Culpepper, who previously won the award for his performance against the Cowboys and Bears, was somehow omitted from the list in Week 5, when threw for 396 yards and five TDs against the Texans.

His total of three games with the award this season matches his career total of three prior to this season. And, with the way the Vikings offense is clicking, who's to say he can't add a couple more to the list.

* With all the talk of Culpepper looking for the NFL record for TD passes in a year, it was ironic that Dan Marino, who holds the record with 48, was at Winter Park Tuesday doing a piece for CBS-TV.
* Culpepper is also expected to be the focus of an in-depth Sports Illustrated article probably out next week. * The Vikings have 19 touchdowns through five games – 18 Culpepper TD passes and one Culpepper run.
* The Vikings are the only team with better than a 50 percent third-down conversion rate. The Vikings are at 56 percent (33 of 59). Indianapolis is second at 49 percent.
*, the league's official web site, has opened fan balloting for the Pro Bowl.

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