Culpepper lands with Lions

According to national reports, the Lions have agreed to a contract with former Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper. Plus, get the numbers analysis heading into today's Vikings-Texans game.

It didn't take long for Daunte Culpepper's retirement to end. After a frustrating offseason in which he saw several quarterbacks with lesser resumes, including his former backup and recently-released Todd Bouman being picked up by the Ravens, Culpepper has apparently ended his retirement by signing a two-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

The Lions declined comment on Saturday, but national reports say the deal will be signed Monday and Culpepper will join the team when they begin their regular practice schedule on Wednesday.

The Lions have made some news in recent days when it was reported that the team wouldn't put Drew Stanton on the field because he would "embarrass himself." It would seem that some things never change in Detroit. Even on a 0-7 team, they find ways to keep themselves in the headlines.


  • The Vikings have the 12th-rated offense (8th rushing, 17th passing) in the league and the 8th-ranked defense (2nd rushing, 20th passing).

  • The Texans have the 4th-rated offense (11th rushing, 5th passing) and the 16th-ranked defense (21st rushing, 16th passing).

  • Neither team has been impressive in the giveaway-takeaway numbers. The Vikings are tied for 24th at minus-4 (11 takeaways, 15 giveaways) and the Texans are tied for 28th at minus-6 (eight takeaways, 14 giveaways).

  • The Texans are first in the league in third-down conversions on offense, while the Vikings are tied for fifth defensively for stopping opponents on third downs.

  • Houston is ninth in red zone offense, scoring touchdowns on 16 of 27 possessions. The Vikings are 31st with just six touchdowns on 20 red zone possessions.

  • Defensively, the Vikings are 21st in the red zone, allowing 11 touchdowns on 20 possessions. The Texans are dead last, allowing 15 of 18 red zone possessions to result in touchdowns. Their TD percentage of 83.3 percent is 15 percent higher than the next-worst team (Jacksonville at 68.2 percent).

  • Houston is second in the league on first-down offense, averaging 6.05 yards per play. The Vikings are 16th with a 5.43 yard average.

  • Defensively, the Vikings are 19th on first down, allowing opponents an average of 5.30 yards. The Texans are 30th, averaging 6.21 yards allowed.

  • The Texans are fourth in starting defensive field position, allowing opponents to start from an average spot of the 24.1-yard line. The Vikings are 30th with an average defensive starting position of the 29.9-yard line.

  • Matt Schaub is in the top 10 in several passing categories, including completion percentage (sixth), average gain per pass (seventh), touchdowns (tied for eighth) and touchdown percentage (ninth).

  • Adrian Peterson is second in the league in rushing with 684 yards. Steve Slaton is 15th with 476 yards.

  • Andre Johnson leads the NFL with 56 receptions and 772 yards. The highest Viking on the reception list is Bobby Wade, who is tied for 36th position with 30 receptions.

  • Johnson has just two fewer receptions that Wade and Bernard Berrian combined.

  • Johnson is the only player in the NFL with more than 700 receiving yards.

  • Ryan Longwell is 10th in the league in scoring with 62 points. Kris Brown of Houston is 21st with 49 points.

  • Andre Johnson is fourth in the league in total yards from scrimmage without having a rushing attempt. A.D. is seventh with 749 total yards.

  • Forth-one of Johnson's 56 receptions have resulted in first downs.

  • Mario Williams is tied for fifth in the league with seven sacks. Kevin Williams is tied for seventh with six sacks.

  • Williams clearly leads the Texans with his seven sacks, but nobody else on the team has more than one sack.

  • Houston has allowed opponents to convert on all six of their fourth-down conversion attempts.

  • The Texans have a five-minute edge in time of possession, holding the ball for 32:38 on average.

  • Through seven games, the Texans have been called for just 23 penalties.

  • Houston is allowing opponents to average 4.5 yards per rush and has surrendered 11 rushing touchdowns.

  • Kris Brown has made all 10 of his field goal attempts this year.

  • While the Texans are converting 47.8 percent of their third downs, they're allowing opponents to make good on 42.7 percent of their third downs. In contrast, the Vikings have converted just 32.7 percent of their third downs and allowed opponents to move the chains on just 33.3 percent of their chances.

  • The Vikings are rushing 30 times a game, while opponents rush just 24 times a game.

  • What a difference the return game can make. The Vikings have a punting average of 46.9 yards, but a net of just 32.8 yards. Opposing punters have a 44.3-yard punt average, but a net average of 41.6.

  • The Vikings have had 30 punt-return chances. They have returned 17 and called 13 fair catches. Opponents have had 23 returns for a disgusting 18-yard average and called just three fair catches.

  • The Vikings are averaging 4.3 yards per rush, while opponents have averaged just 2.9 yards, but somehow the Vikings have allowed seven rushing TDs and scored just six of their own.

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