4:15 PM ET, October 2, 2005
4:15 PM ET, October 2, 2005
Minnesota (1-2) at Atlanta (2-1), Sunday 4:15 pm EDT
In December 2002, Vick enjoyed one of the best games of his career against the Vikings, rushing for 173 yards - the most by a quarterback since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger - and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. He accounted for 346 of the Falcons' 379 yards.
Vick missed the 2003 meeting between the teams with a broken right leg, but gets another chance to face the Vikings on Sunday.
Battling a left hamstring injury, Vick completed 15-of-27 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in last week's 24-16 victory at Buffalo. He also rushed for 64 yards on nine attempts.
Including playoffs, the Falcons have won nine of their last 10 games at the Georgia Dome.
After throwing eight interceptions without a touchdown in two disappointing losses, Daunte Culpepper finally found his rhythm last week in the Vikings' 33-16 victory over New Orleans. Culpepper completed 21-of-29 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Saints.
Taking over as the feature back, Mewelde Moore rushed for 101 yards on 23 attempts.
Series: Vikings lead, 14-7.
Next week: Minnesota has its bye Atlanta hosts New England, October 9.
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Falcons, Vikings both need win
Sunday's matchup between the Vikings and Falcons is an important game for two teams that entered the 2005 season with the highest of expectations. If the Vikings are to pull to .500 after an 0-2 start, QB Daunte Culpepper must build on the momentum of his three-touchdown, zero-interception performance last week. Minnesota also needs the big plays to continue on defense, but it can't come at the expense of breaking contain versus explosive QB Michael Vick.
With the Buccaneers off to a perfect start in the NFC South, the Falcons can't afford to stumble. A heavy dose of Vick, Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett on the ground gives Atlanta its best chance to fend off a dangerous Vikings team that has their backs against the wall.
|Avg Points Allowed||26.8||14.3|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||MIN|
|Rush Yds Allowed||MIN|
|Atlanta leads 2-1|
|Oct 5, 2003||MIN 39, @ATL 26|
|Dec 1, 2002||MIN 24, ATL 30|