Milestones to Come Down Sunday

As a team, the 2002 season for the Vikes has been a disappointment. But, three individual milestones are likely to be reached Sunday night.

The Vikings' 3-9 season has been a letdown for the coaches and players, but the individual milestones of three key offensive contributors will likely all come Sunday night.

Michael Bennett is just 6 yards away from his first 1,000-yard season. With 10 receiving yards, Randy Moss will top 1,000 for the fifth straight year and, with four receptions, he will set a personal best for receptions in a season. Finally, with 151 yards, Daunte Culpepper will post his second 3,000-yard passing season.

While none of the players is looking at individual numbers with the current state of the team, it is a testament to how effective the offense -- ranked No. 3 in the league -- has been at times and is something the team can build on for 2003.

* VU has been told that when the Vikings resume practice today, Moe Williams will be held out and likely listed as doubtful for Sunday when the team releases its injury report later today.
* There is a good possibility that, after playing their first seven games without a single playoff opponent on the schedule, seven of the Vikings' final nine games will be against teams in the 2002 playoffs. The Packers, whom the Vikings will be playing twice in the span of 22 days, are already in. Tampa Bay is close to clinching a playoff spot. New England and Miami are both in line to fight for one of two playoff spots. New Orleans has a tie-breaker on most NFC teams and should make it as a wild card if not a division champ. The same is true for the Falcons. Put them together and the only teams among the Vikings' final nine opponents that don't look to be heading for the playoffs in January are the Giants and Lions.

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