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Viking (5-10) At Ravens (9-6)

January 07, 2002

Ravens scout George Kokinis sizes up the Vikings:

Strength: The dangerous receiving corps. Cris Carter is Mr. Clutch and is a threat in the red zone. Randy Moss is just a threat anywhere on the field. Tight end Byron Chamberlain is the reliable third-down target when everybody loads up on those two outside weapons.

Weakness: The mentally taxing season. At some point, their problems have to take their toll, especially the latest one with coach Dennis Green leaving. The Vikings have had to deal with the death of Korey Stringer, the retirement of Robert Smith and the injuries at quarterback.

Matchup to watch: Ravens receiver Qadry Ismail (72 catches, 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns) vs. Vikings cornerback Dale Carter (no interceptions, five passes broken up). Obviously, Ismail has incentive since he played in Minnesota. Carter has a tweaked hamstring and could be limited. Carter's style is to lock on one guy in man coverage. He still has speed to carry receivers deep as well as react to the underneath routes.

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