Vikes' Joseph, shot Aug. 9, ready for Week 1 Wearing a sleeve on his left calf, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph said he'll be ready to play in the Vikings' regular-season opener after he was hit by a stray bullet in a Minneapolis nightclub on Aug. 9.
Eagles RB Brian Westbrook does more overall for his offense, but Vikings RB Onterrio Smith has become a home-run threat against spread out fronts. Both teams have weaknesses when it comes to defending the run, which makes that facet of this game even more intriguing. Because of the matchup problems that Owens and Moss present, neither defense can afford to overload in run support. As a result, Monday night's winner should be decided by the running back that finishes with the most production.