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    Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper

    [size=18px]Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper[/size]

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    There's something strange happening in Minnesota these days. The type of developing feel-good story I never would've expected after watching trainers cart Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper and his mangled right knee off the field in Carolina two weeks ago. At that time, the Vikings were glaringly feeble, so fractured that you could hear the pain in every depressed word head coach Mike Tice uttered during his postgame press conference. You name the problem, the Vikings had it: lousy defense, lame-duck coach, the love boat scandal and a losing record. Without Culpepper, the only positives awaiting Minnesota were a top-10 draft pick and the search for a new coach.

    Things are little different now, if you couldn't tell by the Vikings' 24-21 win over the New York Giants last Sunday. There's a drastically different air about this team -- the sort of attitudinal change that usually results from a squad finally realizing that it's time to alter the way it does business. That's what I see in the Vikings today. Led by a journeyman quarterback in Brad Johnson, and with most of the sports world having written them off, the Vikings are suddenly playing good football. They're actually a better team with Culpepper on the sidelines.

    I hate saying this because I like Culpepper, and his injury was gruesome. I cringe every time I see Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble barreling into Culpepper's right knee like a bowling ball crashing into pins. Yet here's the hard truth about Culpepper that anybody with an experienced eye could see before he went down: He was one of the Vikings' biggest problems. He'd lost his confidence. He couldn't hit receivers consistently. He simply looked like the disoriented quarterback he had become -- a player without the electrifying receiver (Randy Moss) and the innovative offensive coordinator (Scott Linehan) who had made his life much easier in the past.

    Now that Culpepper is gone, the Vikings are realizing what they should've known since the season began: They all need to elevate their games instead of waiting for him to carry them. That's exactly what they're doing. They reignited their running game in a win over Detroit, with Michael Bennett -- who hadn't produced a 100-yard game in two years -- leading the way with 106 yards. Minnesota's win over the Giants revealed even more surprises. When a team scores a touchdown on an interception return, a punt return and a kickoff return, you know it has some kind of magic working.

    For those who laugh off Minnesota's win against the Lions, it's hard to ignore the victory over New York. The Vikings beat one of the league's hottest teams, on the road, and with all sorts of backbreaking, big plays. It was the kind of victory that made me believe the Vikings can string together a few more wins. With Johnson running the offense, they have an underrated quarterback who won't make many mistakes, even if he won't provide the breath-taking plays that are Culpepper's trademark. The Vikings also have shown they can score points in other facets of the game. Their defense is improving, especially when you consider that they controlled the league's highest-scoring team on Sunday. If nothing else, with games against the Packers, Browns and Lions up next on their schedule, they have a reason to believe again.

    The question is whether that will be enough in the second half. Minnesota (4-5)is currently tied with Detroit for second place in the NFC North, two games behind a Chicago Bears team that is winning with the same formula that propelled them to the postseason in 2001 -- tough defense, vanilla offense, plenty of good fortune. Weeks ago, I would've said it's impossible for the Vikings to wear the NFC crown. If they keep playing as they have been -- and benefit from a couple breaks along the way -- they could get back into the picture.

    By the way, what the Vikings have done isn't so much a testament to their resilience as it is to their recognition skills. Their season was slipping away because of poor decisions and poor play on the field. Those things can always change if a team finds good enough reason to do so. The Vikings apparently discovered their motivation when Culpepper's season ended. And while there may not be enough time to turn their new attitude into a postseason berth, it's still a good thing to see from a team that had been so bad.

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    Re: Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper

    PP.O's newsman reports again with another article that No one reads!!!


    haha jk man. :lol: :lol:

























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    Re: Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper

    I hope we keep fighting and finding ways to win. A road win like last week can go along way in galvanizing a team. Lets hope the defense keeps getting better and scores some more. More takeaways and sacks are just what the second half of the season require.

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    Re: Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper

    NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper

    ...or it could just be coincidence.

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    Re: Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper

    It's what I've been saying for months... we should have traded Culpepper instead of Moss.

    Culpepper is too dependent on a system to bring out his best and with Linehan gone, we all saw what the result was. He's got playmaking ability with his legs, but that can't keep that up every single game. At some stage he would need to settle down and throw the ball.

    With Randy you can pick your poison. Send him deep or use him to clear out one side of the field for an easy underneath/flat pass. He creates opportunities for the running game and other receivers and you can't put a price on that.

    Culpepper reminds me of McNabb... they are brilliant when things go to plan. But when the going gets tough they are prone to losing their cool.

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    Re: Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper

    I dont think we "are better off without C-Pep" but I do think his injury seems to have the team fired up and BJ definiely plays a lot more reserved, sometimes reserved is nice ... that said, I think we win both of the last two games with C-Pep at QB. A few of those long balls that BJ underthrew by a lot would have been easy tosses for Pep against the Giants.

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    Re: Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper

    "Lotzapurple119" wrote:
    PP.O's newsman reports again with another article that No one reads!!!

    haha jk man. :lol: :lol:
    I post a lot of good reads Lotza!. :grin:

    I don't write the articles or always agree with them.

    I post them out there for people to comment on either way there opinions swing!

    If I didn't post articles relating to the Vikes or pro football, there would be less than 50% NFL pro football threads out there for peoples posting pleasure or a lot fewer of them.

    I like to help keep this a football oriented site.

    Of course we have to have our "Cheer Up", "Flirting" & "Joke" threads as well!

    I found this article on C-Pep interesting. He will be back & he will be our QB.

    What I got out of this article is that now that he's gone for the season, players are now stepping up to help win ball games instead of Dante having to carry the full burden on his shoulders.

    IMO, the players should have stepped up their efforts along time ago.

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    haha im just teasing singer

























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    Re: Vikings may actually be better without Culpepper

    Good article!

    I was saying the same thing after last weeks game.

    Players realizing that they are going to have to step up because the last remaining elected captain of the team is injured. Now guys that aren't the normal leaders have decided that they have to step it up or pack it in.

    They aren't packing it in.

    They can still see the NFC North Crown in reach. Honestly, the best team in the NFC keeps changing each week, Eagles, Atl, TB, NYG, Sea and whoever beats one of those teams.

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