Miami at Jacksonville, 11:35 a.m. (CBS)
Washington at Tampa Bay, 3:15 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota at St. Louis, 11:35 a.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 3:05 p.m. (CBS)
GRASPING: In the 1990s, NFC teams with a first-round bye are 17-1 in the divisional round. The only team to lose was the 1995 San Francisco 49ers, who lost to Green Bay in a game that signaled the Packers' rise to Super Bowl power.
That doesn't forecast fortune for the Vikings as they travel to St. Louis to face the top-seeded Rams Sunday.
Still, Vikings coach Dennis Green said a first-round bye can work against a team with high expectations.
''I think it's very dicey with the bye no matter when it is, regular season or playoffs,'' Green said. ''Do you practice a lot? Do you practice not as much? Do you give them three days off? Four days off? Are we going to lose momentum? Are we going to gain momentum?''
Then, there's the decisions during the bye week when teams with a bye don't know who their opponent is yet.
''Which team do we look at? Do we not look at anybody? Do we just wait until the game is over? There are a lot of decisions that you have to make and
I think that over the years, it's always been tough on teams with byes,'' Green said. ''Not with anyone in particular, but it's always been difficult to start as fast. We hope that since we're not fatigued, since we're not worn down, we're hoping that because we played last week that we'll have some momentum working in our favor.''
Green said he doesn't necessarily relish the chance to face the top seed.
''Seedings are just so you can have a format,'' he said. ''You don't get any more advantage than that. They don't get anything extra. They've got to go play and we're the fourth seed and we're in the exact same situation. We don't get any penalty because we're the fourth seed.''
Except, of course, having to play in the din of the Trans World Dome.
INJURY REPORT: Coach Dennis Green said defensive back-kick returner Robert Tate (shoulder) and special teams ace Harrold Morrow (ankle) are sore but should play Sunday against the Rams.
Linebacker Ed McDaniel didn't aggravate his sprained right knee Sunday.
''He did a good job, never left the game at all,'' Green said. ''We played a couple six-defensive back defenses where he came out. We gave him a few breathers. That was probably only four or five plays. He played well.''
EXTRA POINTS: The Vikings didn't commit a turnover Sunday for the first time in nine games. ... Barring a trade up, the Vikings won't select until after the 24th pick in the April 15-16 NFL draft. Chicago has the ninth pick. Tampa Bay has the 13th pick, from San Diego, and Green Bay has either the 14th or 15th, depending on a coin flip with Baltimore. Detroit has the 20th pick. ... Jeff George's 8.56 yards per attempt this season were second in the NFL to St. Louis quarterback and NFL MVP Kurt Warner.
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