Homecoming Weekend

The Vikings got the word Wednesday that the prodigal son is coming home, as Daunte Culpepper has been named the Raiders starting quarterback for Sunday's game at the Metrodome.

When the Vikings traded Randy Moss to the Raiders, one of the first thoughts fans were pondering was what Moss would do when he had his first chance to exact some revenge against his former team. A look at that schedule saw that the Raiders were coming to the Metrodome during the 2007 season. With that game just days away, Moss is no longer in that equation. But another former franchise Viking is.

The Raiders announced Wednesday that Daunte Culpepper will start Sunday against his former team. Culpepper, who had been behind Josh McCown on the depth chart, was promoted to first team with McCown sitting out practice with a thigh injury.

Culpepper has made four starts this season with mixed results at best. But without question, his finest start came against his other former team, the Dolphins. In that Sept. 30 game, Culpepper accounted for five touchdowns – throwing two and running three.

The Raiders aren't likely to be a long-term answer for Culpepper, who will likely lose his starting job later this year to mega-million-dollar rookie JaMarcus Russell, who held out into the regular season and has yet to see any playing time.

While Culpepper's window of opportunity is small, his chance to exact revenge on both teams that he believes have wronged him in one season is a rarity indeed. If nothing else, it brings a lot more intrigue to a game that was desperate for something to give it more attention.

* Despite having 2,600 tickets remaining on Wednesday for the game, the Vikings announced that Miller Brewing Company and WCCO-TV have stepped in to purchase the remaining tickets so that Sunday's game won't be blacked out. That makes the Raiders game the 101st straight sellout, but the third time in five games in 2007 that the team has needed help to keep the streak alive. "We appreciate Miller Brewing Company, as our long-time premier partner, stepping up with WCCO to ensure a sellout and home-field advantage at the Metrodome on Sunday," said Steve LaCroix, the Vikings' vice president of sales and marketing.
* Peterson was the only Viking who didn't practice at all Wednesday. Both Antoine Winfield and Sidney Rice, slowed with hamstring injuries, took part in practice on a limited basis and intend to play.
* If Peterson is back, the Vikings might be one of the games considered for movement to Sunday night games. Officials have said Peterson makes the Vikings a much more attractive opponent for a Sunday night telecast.
* Peterson leads all running backs in fan voting for the Pro Bowl and is sixth overall. A.D. has 317,388 votes, behind only Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Tony Romo. Tony Richardson currently leads the NFC in fan votes for fullbacks with 79,499.

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