Game Snapshot: Vikings At Indianapolis

<B>KICKOFF: Monday, 9:00 ET <BR><B>GAMEDATE: 11/08/04 <BR><B>SURFACE: AstroTurf <BR><B>TV: ABC, Al Michaels, John Madden, Michele Tafoya <BR>


2004 RANKINGS
Vikings:
offense 1st (11th rush, 1st pass); defense 25th (9th rush, 27th pass).

Colts: offense 2nd (18th rush, 2nd pass); defense 32nd (16th rush, 32nd pass)

Minnesota Vikings (5-2) at Indianapolis Colts (4-3)

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Vikings are expected to rest WR Randy Moss (strained hamstring), but are excited to get RB Onterrio Smith back from his four-game suspension. Rookie RB Mewelde Moore will start, but coach Mike Tice said Smith gets the offense going and QB Daunte Culpepper is searching for another weapon minus Moss.

Minnesota's massive offensive line has a big physical edge on the Colts' smaller defensive line, and the Vikings will lean more on their ground game despite Indianapolis' porous secondary. Part of the reason is because Minnesota's own secondary is weak and in for a long day against Colts QB Peyton Manning.

Indianapolis' focus is completing drives with touchdowns and the Vikings must get a push up front if they have any hope of slowing the Colts' passing game down.

FAST FACTS

Vikings

  • Have averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in an NFL-record 17 consecutive games.

  • Are 100-78-4 in November, their most victories in any month.

    Colts
  • Lead series 12-7-1.

  • Coach Tony Dungy is 6-7 lifetime against Minnesota, where he served as defensive coordinator from 1992-95.

  • Are 13-10 on Monday nights.




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