Moss/Bennett and the O-line
O-LINE OVATION â€“ Four of the Vikings 5 offensive line starters have opened all 10 games on the season (Birk-C, Lacina-LG, Dixon-RG, Liwiensk-RT) and have paved the way for the Vikings rushing attack to rank #1 in the NFL, Michael Bennet to rank 2nd in the NFC in rushing and Moe Williams to lead the NFC with 10 rushing TDs. Now joining the Vikings regular O-line starters is 2002 #7 overall selection and Outland Trophy winnner Bryant McKinnie, who earned his 1st start at LT vs. Green Bay. Veteran Everett Lindsay, who has started an NFL game at every O-line position has shared snaps with McKinnie the past 2 weeks. The Vikings are poised to break team records for rushing TDs (22 in 1988) and rushing yards (2,279 in 1965) with 2002 totals of 18 and 1,595 respectively. Aside from McKinnie, the unitâ€™s highest-drafted member is Lacina, the 167th player taken in 1993 by Buffalo. Dixon and Liwienski each started their career on the practice squad.
MOSS ATTACK â€“With 115 yards receiving vs. Green Bay (11/17/02) Randy Moss set a NFL record for most receiving yards in his first five seasons in the league with 6,160 yards to surpass Jerry Riceâ€™s record of 6,136 yards. Moss went over the 1,000-yard mark on the season vs. Tennessee (12/9/01) and became the only WR in NFL history to break 1,000 yards in each of his first 4 seasons in the League. In 36 career games vs. the NFC Central/North Moss has 194 catches for 3,416 yards and 29 touchdowns. Since entering the NFL in 1998, only Marshall Faulk (79) has scored more TDs than Mossâ€™ 58. Moss is 2nd in team history with 57 receiving TDs. Moss set the club mark for receiving yards in a season with 1,437 in 2000, breaking his own record. Moss set his single-season high in catches with 82 in 2001. Moss is tied for 1st in the NFC lead with 62 catches (does not include Monday Night Football), the best start to a season of his career. His 62 catches is the best start to a season for a Viking since Cris Carter had 77 catches in the 1st 10 games of the 1994 season en route to a 122-catch season and a then-NFL record. Mossâ€™ previous best start through 10 games was 53 in 1999 and 2001.