Coming off an emotional win over the Packers, the Vikings are preparing to play one of the worst statistical teams in the league. How bad is it?
After all the emotion and attention drawn by the Vikings win over Green Bay Monday, you knew that the follow-up game would have difficulty matching that intensity. While both the Packers and Bears are on their bye, the Vikings are preparing for the St. Louis Rams – arguably the worst team in football.
Just how bad are the Rams? They have scored just 24 points in four games. They have been shut out twice. They have allowed 108 points. Three of their losses have come by totals of 19, 28 and 35 points. Their offense has scored just three touchdowns. Their offense has given up three touchdowns – allowing two fumbles and one interception to be returned for touchdowns.
Need more convincing? The Rams have been outscored 58-3 in the second half of games. They have yet to score a rushing touchdown. They have allowed 540 yards on the ground. They have allowed seven TD passes. Opposing quarterbacks have a passer rating of 100.2. They are outgained by 108 yards per game. They have averaged eight penalties per game, almost double those of their opponents.
The Rams can talk a good game, but this is one of the worst starts in NFL history and, if there was ever a game that screams a Vikings win by 20 or more points, it may well be against the 2009 Rams, who, dating back to 2007, have lost 22 of their last 24 games.
Cornerback Cedric Griffin pleaded guilty to DWI Wednesday morning in Hennepin County court. Griffin was fined $300 and given two days of community service on a work detail, stemming from his arrest Aug. 30. Details of Griffin's arrest weren't made public until his sentencing was announced.
There won't be any accusations of the Vikings concealing injuries for Brett Favre. In the first injury report of Week 5, the Vikings listed Favre as limited in practice with injuries to his foot, ankle and knee.
As he did last week, Steve Hutchinson didn't practice Wednesday because of a sore back.
Wide receiver Darius Reynaud missed practice, but it was reported not to be injury related.
Rams QB Marc Bulger was limited in practice, as he tries to recover from a shoulder bruise. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo said he hasn't determined whether Bulger will return this week or whether backup Kyle Boller will continue starting.
Rams left tackle Alex Barron was back practicing with the first-team offense Wednesday after being benched the second half of last week's game following a penalty. Considering that Jared Allen made the Packers left tackles look sick Monday, it might be advised for the Rams to get Barron back in the starting lineup.
San Francisco running back Frank Gore still hasn't played since injuring his knee at the Metrodome and has already been ruled out for this week.