Vikings-Raiders Snapshot

The Daunte Culpepper revenge factor is in full force Sunday at the Metrodome, as he gets another chance to burn a former team of his.


Sunday
Arizona Cardinals (4-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-6)
Carolina Panthers (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (8-1)
Cleveland Browns (5-4) at Baltimore Ravens (4-5)
Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) at Indianapolis Colts (7-2)
Miami Dolphins (0-9) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)
New Orleans Saints (4-5) at Houston Texans (4-5)
New York Giants (6-3) at Detroit Lions (6-3)
Oakland Raiders (2-7) at Minnesota Vikings (3-6)
San Diego Chargers (5-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-4) at Atlanta Falcons (3-6)
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2) at New York Jets (1-8)
Chicago Bears (4-5) at Seattle Seahawks (5-4)
St. Louis Rams (1-8) at San Francisco 49ers (2-7)
Washington Redskins (5-4) at Dallas Cowboys (8-1)
New England Patriots (9-0) at Buffalo Bills (4-5)
Monday
Tennessee Titans (6-3) at Denver Broncos (4-5)

Oakland Raiders (2-7) at Minnesota Vikings (3-6)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/18/07
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: CBS, Dick Enberg, Randy Cross

SERIES

12th meeting. Raiders lead series, 8-3. Oakland has won the last two games. In last meeting on Nov. 16, 2003, Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper threw for 396 yards but threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles in a 28-18 loss to the Raiders in Oakland.

In the last game in Minnesota, Rich Gannon's 5-yard run accounted for the winning points in a 22-17 win in 1999. Gannon completed 21 of 33 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown in his first win as the Raiders' starting quarterback.

KEYS TO THE GAME

The last time Culpepper played one of his former teams, he was responsible for five TDs Sept. 30 in Miami. He will again have to make things happen because the Raiders' run-first approach will likely hit a roadblock against the Vikings' No. 3 run defense. Culpepper's lack of mobility puts him in the shotgun often, where his propensity to fumble is a big concern with defenses free to attack.

With rookie sensation Adrian Peterson sidelined, the Vikings turn to veteran RB Chester Taylor to carry the workload against a Raiders run defense allowing a league-high 4.8 yards per carry. QB Tarvaris Jackson returns to the lineup with Minnesota desperate for some consistent play at the position.

KEY INJURIES

Raiders: CB Nnamdi Asomugha (knee) hopes to return; CB Fabian Washington (calf) should play. Vikings: Peterson (knee) is out at least one game; CB Antoine Winfield (hamstring) said he will play; WR Sidney Rice (hamstring) looks like a game-time decision.

FAST FACTS

Raiders RB Justin Fargas is averaging 92.5 rushing yards on 4.0 yards per carry in two starts.

Taylor is averaging 6.2 yards per touch.


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