Taylor Back; No T-Jack

The Vikings will again have Kelly Holcomb under center when they meet the Green Bay Packers Sunday, as Tarvaris Jackson still recovers from a groin injury. Running back Chester Taylor will not only be in uniform, but will get the starting nod for the Vikings.

To the surprise of almost nobody, the Vikings acknowledged that Kelly Holcomb will start his second straight game while Tarvaris Jackson recovers from a groin injury.

With the bye week coming after Sunday's game with the Packers, the sentiment among team observers for most of the week was that the Vikings would err on the side of caution and take things slow with Jackson – using the bye week to give two additional weeks of healing time before the brutal post-bye schedule that includes road games against the Bears and Cowboys, followed by home games with the Eagles and Chargers.

What might have come as a something of a surprise was the announcement that not only will Chester Taylor return, but will start Sunday's game after being out since the first week of the season with a hip injury. He will get the starting nod over rookie Adrian Peterson, who has posted two 100-yard rushing days in Taylor's absence.

Unlike Jackson, who needs the rest to heal, the team is concerned that Peterson is working too much. In the first three games, he has touched the ball 72 times – rushing 64 times and catching eight passes. However, don't be confused into thinking that just because Taylor starts that it will keep Peterson off the field. With his explosiveness, expect to see Peterson on the field and playing and making as big if not a bigger offensive contribution than Taylor.

* In seven preseason and regular season games, Peterson has had more rushing attempts than Taylor in each game.
* Through three games as the featured back, Peterson has rushed 64 times for 271 yards and one touchdown. Through the first three games of the 2006 season, Taylor ran 75 times for 275 yards and one touchdown.
* Troy Williamson is expected to be active Sunday after missing time with a hamstring injury.
* Tony Richardson is expected to be back in the Vikings lineup this week after recovering from a forearm injury. Dating back to last year, Richardson has missed 10 games with forearm problems.
* Packers rookie running back Brandon Jackson (shin) is listed as questionable and his missed the last days of practice. Vernand Morency is returning and is expected to make his first start of the season after missing all of the preseason and the first three games with a knee injury.
* The top three receivers for the Packers – Donald Driver, James Jones and Donald Lee – have 47 receptions – the same total as the entire Vikings team through three games.
* Neither the Vikings nor the Packers have allowed a rushing touchdown thus far this season.
* After next week's game with the Bears, the Packers face only one team that made playoffs until after Thanksgiving. The Viking will play four playoff teams from '06.
* Through three games, the offense-defense scorecard is even. The Vikings have scored six touchdowns – three by the offense and three by the defense.
* The Vikings have more than twice as many sacks (11) as the Packers (five).

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