Rams 13

(5-8, 2-5 away)

Vikings 27

(8-5, 5-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 11, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
STL 0 6 7 013
MIN 7 6 14 027

Top Performers

Passing: R. Fitzpatrick (STL) - 235 YDS, 5 INT

Rushing: M. Bennett (MIN) - 18 CAR, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Holt (STL) - 10 REC, 95 YDS

St Louis (5-7) at Minnesota (7-5)

St Louis (5-7) at Minnesota (7-5) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Vikings were well on their way to a disappointing season when Brad Johnson emerged as an unlikely hero.

The Vikings look for their sixth straight win with Johnson at the controls when they host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Minnesota's season hit rock bottom on October 30, when the team lost Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper for the rest of the season after he suffered torn knee ligaments in a 38-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

With a record of just 2-5, the franchise was also reeling from an off-the-field incident earlier that month which disgraced the organization.

Members of the Vikings allegedly chartered two cruise boats during their bye week and turned it into a wild sex party. At least 17 members of the team were among 90 passengers on the two boats in Lake Minnetonka, and crew members reportedly described players allegedly having sex, drinking heavily and propositioning female crew members to perform sex acts.

Pending an investigation by local authorities, no charges have been filed.

With their season on the ropes and with coach Mike Tice in danger of losing his job, the Vikings needed a spark. Enter Johnson, a 12-year veteran who started his career in Minnesota.

The journeyman has been remarkably efficient in leading the Vikings to five straight victories, completing nearly 65 percent (87-for-134) of his passes over that stretch.

Johnson completed 17-of-23 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns last Sunday in Minnesota's 21-16 triumph over the Detroit Lions.

Koren Robinson had four receptions for 148 yards and Michael Bennett added 79 rushing yards and a TD in the contest for the Vikings, who moved into a virtual tie with the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons for the sixth and final postseason berth in the NFC.

Tice hopes that Johnson continues his effective play this week against the Rams, who - unlike the Vikings - have not been able to fight through a rash of injuries this season.

St. Louis dropped a 24-9 decision to the Washington Redskins on Sunday to fall to 1-3 since its bye week.

Rookie Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-36 attempts for 163 yards and ran for a touchdown, but the Rams committed two costly turnovers and allowed the Redskins to run for 257 yards in the contest.

Fitzpatrick is expected to start for the second straight week in place of injured starter Mark Bulger, who has battled a right shoulder injury all season and has appeared in just eight games.

Matchup to watch: Rams wide receiver Torry Holt, who has 75 receptions for 1,017 yards and seven touchcowns, against cornerback Antoine Winfield.

Series: Vikings lead, 21-15-2.

Next week: Minnesota hosts Pittsburgh, December 18 St. Louis hosts Philadelphia, December 18


Passing Leaders

A. Davis63.42001129
S. Hill59.4112464
T. Bridgewater63.524511110
M. Cassel57.742534

Rushing Leaders

T. Mason1556614.33
Z. Stacy722843.91
J. McKinnon1135384.80
M. Asiata1294213.37

Receiving Leaders

K. Britt3560717.33
J. Cook4455612.63
G. Jennings5364112.15
J. Wright3652714.61

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsSTL
Yards PassingSTL
Yards RushingSTL
Yards AllowedSTL
Pass Yds AllowedSTL
Rush Yds AllowedSTL

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Series tied 1-1
Nov 30, 2003STL 48, MIN 17