Offense Tears Up Scrimmage

The Vikings surprised few Wednesday night as a team scrimmage was dominated by the offense, which ripped through the defense in simulated game conditions.

There's a show business axiom that says give the people what they want. The Vikings did just that Wednesday night at the team's annual passing scrimmage.

The Vikings offense ripped through the team's defense, which came as no surprise to fans, much less coach Mike Tice.

"I didn't learn anything I didn't already know," Tice told VU. "The offense is ahead of the defense, which showed."

Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss took center stage during the practice. Culpepper completed seven of eight passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Moss. For his part, Moss had two catches for 71 yards -- TD receptions of 59 and 12 yards -- as well as running a 17-yard reverse.

The defense did have some moments, like an interception by Willie Offord, but this was a night for the offense and perhaps a portent of things to come.

* As we enter the 13th day of Bryant McKinnie's holdout, VU has been told progress is being made after a week or so of stalemated talks.
* If McKinnie doesn't sign, Matt Birk will start working at left tackle beginning Monday.
* Tice announced that several players have already been scratched for Sunday's preseason opener, including WR Derrick Alexander, G Corbin Lacina, CB Brian Williams and LB Max Yates.
* Red McCombs has announced he is selling half of his interest in Clear Channel Communication, which has lost a considerable portion of its value over the last year. At least Arthur Andersen isn't doing the books for C-3.

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