In this, the Minnesota Vikings' most promising season of the past two decades, the numbers have often been used to tell the story. All fall the local sports pages have been awash with statistics that presage Super Bowl glory. Hardly a week passes without some record of note falling. We learn, for instance, that with Sunday's 48-22 blowout of the lowly Bears, the Vikings tied their franchise mark for regular-season victories and, while they were at it, broke the team record for points scored in a single season. That Randall Cunningham, whose 111.8 quarterback rating is tops in the NFL, is at the helm of a fast-break offense that has so far tallied 12 touchdowns on plays of 50 yards or more. That Randy Moss leads the league in receiving yards and touchdown receptions and has shattered scads of NFL rookie and Viking team records. And that... More >>>