WEEK 15
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2003
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-5) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-8)
SERIES


VIKINGS
BEARS

LEADER
Vikings 46-36-2


STREAKS

Bears Past 2 at home

COACHES VS. OPP.
Tice: 2-1
Jauron: 4-5

LAST WEEK
W 34-7 vs. Seahawks
L 34-21 at Packers

LAST GAME
9/14/03: Bears 13 at Vikings 24. Minnesota RB Moe Williams rushes for 108 yards & 1 TD & QB Daunte Culpepper tosses 2 TDs in Vikings’ victory.

LAST GAME AT SITE
9/8/02: Bears 27, Vikings 23. Chicago QB Jim Miller tosses game-winning 9-yard TD to WR David Terrell with 36 seconds remaining to lift Bears to come-from-behind victory.

BROADCAST
FOX (12:00 PM CT): Curt Menefee, Tim Green


STATS

PASSING
Culpepper: 233-363-2,800-20-8-96.9 (1C)
Stewart: 121-236-1,332-7-10-60.6

RUSHING
M. Williams: 158-699-4.4-4
Thomas: 177-743-4.2-4

RECEIVING
Moss: 90 (2L)-1,372 (2L)-15.2-13 (1L)
White: 46-543-11.8-3

OFFENSE
391.5 (1L)
267.5

TAKE/GIVE
+10 (2C)
-7

DEFENSE
352.0
306.6

SACKS
Johnstone: 8.0
A. Brown: 3.5

INTs
Chavous: 8
Azumah, Tillman (R): 3

PUNTING
Johnson (R): 39.5
Maynard: 41.0

KICKING
Elling: 84 (39/39 PAT; 15/21 FG)
Edinger: 86 (23/23 PAT; 21/27 FG)


NOTES

VIKINGS: QB DAUNTE CULPEPPER became 1st QB since 2000 with 3 40+ yard TD passes vs. Sea (47, 45, 43). Has 16-5 mark when posting 100.0+ rating. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 122.9 3rd-down rating (65 of 98, 942 yards, 10 TDs, 2 INTs). Leads NFC & is 2nd in NFL with 7.71 yards per pass avg. (363 for 2,800)……RB MICHAEL BENNETT had career-high 29 carries (106 yards) vs. Chi on 10/27/02……RB MOE WILLIAMS leads NFC & ties for 2nd in NFL among RBs with 556 rec. yards (57 catches). Has career-high 699 rush yards & needs 1 rush yard & 144 rec. yards to become 2nd Vike with 700 rush & rec. in single season (BILL BROWN, 1964, 866 rush, 703 rec). WR RANDY MOSS had 8 catches (2 TDs) vs. Sea, giving him 504 career, 2nd in club history. Had career-best 12 catches & 204 yards vs. Bears (11/14/99). WR KELLY CAMPBELL avgs. 22.2 yards per catch (21 for 467)……DE KEVIN WILLIAMS (No. 9) leads NFC rookies & is 2nd in NFL among rookies with 6.5 sacks……BEARS: Offense has converted 11 4th downs, 2nd-most in NFL……QB KORDELL STEWART had 40 att. vs. GB, his most since 48 vs. NE on 12/13/97……QB CHRIS CHANDLER has 27,940 career pass yards & 168 TD passes & needs 60 yards & 2 TDs to become 5th active QB with 28,000 & 170……RB ANTHONY THOMAS has 3 100-yard rush games & needs 1 to tie his career-high……WR MARTY BOOKER needs 1 rec. to pass NEAL ANDERSON (302) for 5th-most in team history. Posted 5 rec. for 115 yards (TD) vs. GB & had 1st-career 100-yard game vs. Min (7 for 134, 2 TD) on 11/14/99 & career-best 198 yards (8 catches, 1 TD) in last home game vs. Min. WR DEZ WHITE needs 4 catches for 2nd 50-catch year in row. Rookie 5th-round WR JUSTIN GAGE has 12 rec. (280 yards), 7 for 20+ yards.....KR JERRY AZUMAH leads NFL with 31.4 KR avg……Rookie 3rd-round LB LANCE BRIGGS had 1st career INT & TD on 45-yard INT-TD vs. GB……CB CHARLES TILLMAN ties for rookie lead with 3 INTs.