Despite a sub-par start and the belief that the Vikings are more than a touchdown worse than the Panthers Sunday, the Vikings aren't losing their confidence that they can achieve the ultimate success this year -- a trip to the Super Bowl as the representative of the NFC.
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper echoed those sentiments this week when discussing the team's goals for 2005 -- winning the division to get to the playoffs and making a Super Bowl run after that.
While he realizes the team has backed itself into a corner, the hole isn't too deep to get out of.
"Even though we're 2-4, everybody should have a shovel," Culpepper said. "We're trying to dig ourselves out of this and get back to .500. But as far as our two main goals, I still feel we can do it."
Getting the first road win of the season Sunday would go a long way to making more believers.
* Several Vikings were on the premilinary list for 2006 Hall of Fame induction, including Warren Moon, Joey Browner, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, Chuck Foreman, Hershel Walker, Chris Hinton, Darryl Talley and Roger Craig.
* Former Vikings coach Jerry Burns will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at the Nov. 6 game vs. the Lions.
* Dontarrious Thomas practiced Friday but is still a game-time decision whether he will be activated or not.
* Toniu Fonoti practiced Friday for the first time since being acquired in a trade, but likely won't take part in contact drills until the middle of next week.
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