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Encouraged by Randy Moss and other Vikings receivers, about six Vikings players wore their hair in 1970s-style afros in Sunday's 31-17 wild-card victory at Green Bay. The receivers refer to themselves as America's Finest Receivers On Sunday (AFROS) when they wear their hair that way. The only other time they did it was Dec. 20 of last season when the Vikings beat Kansas City 45-20 at the Metrodome. "Everybody's been waiting to see us do this," Moss said. "We let the hair out. It was like, `Everybody just lit it hang loose.'"
Not only is Daunte Culpepper one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. Apparently, he also rocks in "Madden NFL 2005." Culpepper said he plays online under the name Big Jit Bad. Culpepper said he has told online opponents who he is, "but they don't believe me." Culpepper also said he has never benched his online likeness. "I've gotten mad at him a few times," Culpepper said.
CB Brian Williams suffered leg cramps and had to be helped from the field on Sunday. Afterward, he revealed he had a nasty bout with food poisoning on the Tuesday before the game. "I ate something and got pretty sick," Williams said.
RB Moe Williams, who suffered a high right ankle sprain against the Packers, isn't expected to play against the Eagles. Ironically, Williams was injured before the regular season meeting at Philadelphia. His absence as a pass blocker and short-yardage runner contributed to the Week 2 loss. Rookie Mewelde Moore would have an increased role on third downs if Williams doesn't play.
LB Mike Nattiel, who sprained his right knee, might have to miss the Eagles game. Nattiel is a good special teams player, but hardly irreplaceable.
WR Randy Moss, who sprained his right ankle against the Packers, should be fine by game day.
WR Kelly Campbell, who has been bothered by a right shoulder injury, should continue to play a limited role.
DE Darrion Scott, a rookie third-round draft pick, started at right end in place of first-round draft pick Kenechi Udeze. Udeze played and had four tackles. Scott had five tackles and a sack.
DT Chris Hovan was inactive for Sunday's game. It was the fourth time in the past seven games that he was inactive. He was seen in tears and being consoled by a team official in the locker room after the game.
Eagles linebacker Ike Reese on the Vikings' road win over the Packers Sunday: "Hey, if they can go into Green Bay and win, that tells you what a tough team they are. You definitely take notice when a team goes into Lambeau in cold weather and wins a playoff game. They're definitely going to come in here feeling confident and feeling like they can win anywhere."
When the Eagles defeated the Vikings in Week 2, Randy Moss had eight catches, but for only 69 yards.
Five of the nine Eagles who were selected to the Pro Bowl will be starters. They are quarterback Donovan McNabb, cornerback Lito Sheppard, safeties Brian Dawkins and Mike Lewis and wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens, who is recovering from a serious ankle injury, isn't expected to play in the game. Owens still is hopeful that he'll be able to play in the Super Bowl if the Eagles make it that far.
The Eagles' Reese criticized Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss for pretending to moon the Lambeau Field crowd after one of his two touchdown catches Sunday against the Packers. "That was totally uncalled for, totally unnecessary," Reese said. "He has too many fans, too many kids that look up to him, for him to be doing that."
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