* Vikings WR Robert Ferguson was a standout at HoustonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Spring
Woods High where he earned the 1997 Houston Touchdown ClubÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
Defensive Player of the Year and was MVP of the Houston Coaches
Classic all-star game.
* The Vikings faced Miami in Super Bowl VIII, the 1st Super Bowl played
in Houston at Rice Stadium on 1/13/74. The big game didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t return to
Houston until SB XXXVIII when New England topped Carolina.
* Only eight players from the Vikings roster - Matt Birk, Jim Kleinsasser,
Bryant McKinnie, Kevin Williams, Jeff Dugan, Anthony
Herrera, Cullen Loeffl er and Antoine Winfi eld - were with the team
when the Vikings last played the Texans.
* This will be Vikings Head Coach Brad ChildressÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Texans Head
Coach Gary KubiakÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fi rst game against each other.
* In the fi rst matchup between the two teams, the Vikings threw for 388
yards and rushed for another 122, amassing 510 total yards on offense.
* This will be QB Gus FrerotteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1st career start against the Texanshis
position coach and coordinator during his tenure with Denver was
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak.