October 16, 2004

Viking offense a huge test for Saints

While NFL players try to prepare for each game with equal intensity, New Orleans Saints players admit that playing a nationally televised game gives them an added incentive.

The Saints will need all the intensity they can muster against the high powered Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings are an offensive machine, posting an NFL record 23 straight games with at least 300 yards of offense. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper has already thrown 5 touchdown passes in a game twice this year, including last week against the Texans.

Randy Moss is as dominant as ever with 305 receiving yards and 7 touchdown catches so far in 2004.

Saints defensive tackle Brian Young knows that the mental mistakes New Orleans have been making will be devastating if they continue against the Vikings.

"We are so close to playing really good football. It's just one or two mistakes but we have to correct them. If we aren't clean and mistake free, the Vikings will make us pay. Culpepper is always looking for the home run. "

Young also says that the Saints know Minnesota will make their share of plays but mental toughness will be a huge factor.

"All of us will have to stay together and if something goes wrong put it behind us. Focus on the next play not the last play."

Even though Daunte Culpepper is huge by quarterback standards(6'4' 240), defensive end Tony Bryant believes Culpepper wants to throw not run.

" Looking at the film you can see he wants to throw. Running is the last resort. If our secondary guys can hang in there give us an extra second I think we can get to him. He would much rather get the ball to Moss than run."

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