Frerotte gets starting call again Sunday

Updated: October 2, 2003, 2:30 PM ET

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota - With a chance to get Daunte Culpepper extra time to heal with a bye next weekend, the Minnesota Vikings will again turn to Gus Frerotte Sunday when they visit the Atlanta Falcons.

Frerotte passed for four touchdowns, including three to Randy Moss, last week in a 35-7 rout of the San Francisco 49ers.

A 10-year veteran, Frerotte was virtually flawless, completing 16-of-21 passes for 267 yards. His single game rating of 157.2 was the highest in Vikings history, surpassing Warren Moon's mark of 152.9 against New Orleans on November 19, 1995.

Culpepper suffered three broken bones in his lower back in Minnesota's 23-13 win over the Detroit Lions on September 21. He suited up as a backup last week and will likely do the same on Sunday.

The unbeaten Vikings (4-0) have a bye week following Sunday's visit to Atlanta.

Signed as a free agent in the offseason, Frerotte has started 63 games in his 11-year NFL career. He spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, starting the first three games before losing his job to Jon Kitna.

Frerotte enjoyed his best season in 1996 with the Washington Redskins, passing for a career-high 3,453 yards. He has also played for Detroit and Denver.

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