The New Randy Ratio

Perhaps the Vikings have found the key to the new and improved Randy Ratio.

Mike Tice is a stat freak, although he told VU last week that "stats are for losers looking for excuses why." He also admitted that, at 1-5 heading into Sunday's game with Chicago, the Vikings were losers in search of rationale.

Perhaps VU has found the key hidden within the stats -- the new and improved Randy Ratio.

The key, it would seem, is not to force the ball into Moss. That's what Daunte Culpepper has been doing in an attempt to get the orginal Randy Ratio numbers -- 40 percent of passes thrown to be thrown his way.

Only once this year have the Vikings achieved that 40 percent mark -- a loss -- but they did get 38 percent of their passes to Moss Sunday. Still the new and improved Randy Ratio is an interesting look inside the numbers.

According to the NFL's official statistical service, STATS Inc., in the two Vikings wins, 22 passes have been thrown to Moss. He caught 18 of them. In the five losses, 65 passes have thrown his way -- 31 completions and 34 incompletions.

In Sunday's win, Moss didn't have a drop or a pass deemed a poor throw by Culpepper. The two passes he didn't catch fell under the categories of "tipped at the line" and "other."

The Randy Ratio is clearly out the window from its original intent, but maybe Mike Tice should start looking at the new and improved R-2 numbers and see if they could be his key to future success.

* Heading into Sunday's game, VU was told if Culpepper had committed two turnovers in the first half, he likely would have been benched in favor of Todd Bouman. While he did have one turnover on a fumble, the Vikings 3:1 turnover advantage played well into his hands and, even when he was flushed out of the pocket, he chose to throw balls out of bounds instead of forcing passes that had been previously intercepted.
* Lewis Kelly suffered a sprained ankle Sunday and missed the latter stages of the game. He told VU he doesn't believe the injury is too serious and intends to practice Wednesday.
* Jim Kleinsasser has played tight end all year, but Sunday he reverted to more an H-back/fullback hybrid role. He spent many plays in the H-back role to increase pass protection for Culpepper.
* Michael Bennett had the third 100-yard rushing game of his career on a career-high 29 carries.
* The Vikings ran a whopping 74 offensive plays Sunday -- 25 more than the Bears.
* Moss' 39-yard touchdown was the first play in the entire game that the Bears left him single covered, as the team snuck a safety up to protect against Bennett running.
* It looks like the Vikings won't be facing Tampa Bay DT Anthony McFarland Sunday. The starting nose tackle broke his right forearm in yesterday's win over Carolina.

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