PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- John Randle and Robert Porcher are still looking for their first sacks. Cris Carter hasn't scored a touchdown, and neither has Herman Moore.
Slow start for the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions?
The Vikings (3-0), St. Louis and the New York Jets are the only undefeated teams in the NFL, and the Lions (3-1) are not far behind.
"I guess we have something in common," Detroit's Ron Rice said. "We're not really happy with how we've been playing, but the bottom line is our wins and losses. But I don't think you will hear either one of us complaining too much about how things are going."
Detroit and Minnesota will play Sunday, and the winner will earn at least a share of first place in the NFC Central. The Lions have won four of their last six games against the Vikings in the Silverdome, which only motivates Randy Moss more.
"I've always been a road guy," Moss said. "To make that play and have their fans shut up, I like that."
Minnesota coach Dennis Green said the Lions' lack of eye-popping results stems from the competition they've played -- Tampa Bay and Washington at home and Chicago and New Orleans on the road.
"When you play good teams, you're not necessarily going to put points on the board," Green said. "They have been good enough and productive enough and successful enough to get those three wins."
The surprising play of Daunte Culpepper has been a key to Minnesota's three victories.
"I feel like I'm the luckiest guy in the world," Culpepper said. "I'm truly blessed to be in the position I'm in. It's my first year (playing), but I have a chance to do some really special things."
The second-year quarterback out of Central Florida has completed 55 of 88 passes for 722 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions. Culpepper also has run for 169 yards on 33 carries, and his legs might be more dangerous than his arm, especially with his imposing 6-foot-4, 250-pound frame.
Culpepper has found plenty of room to run because teams often have double-covered Moss and Carter.
"He looks like a tailback in the open field. Actually, he's more like a fullback," Detroit's James Jones said. "We can't put all of our emphasis on stopping Moss or Carter because that quarterback is something else. It's not just good enough to get to him, you also have to find a way to bring that big man down."
Culpepper was the fourth of five quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 1999 draft.
"I guess Denny knew what he was doing," Detroit coach Bobby Ross said.
Many coaches have said the same thing about Ross' selection of Charlie Batch in the second round in 1998.
Batch is coming off a solid performance -- 20-of-37 for 207 yards with two touchdowns and an interception -- after returning from knee surgery in Week 2.
Batch doesn't like the criticism Detroit has received despite its record.
"We're not going to blow people out every week, that just doesn't happen much in this league," Batch said. "There's always going to be questions, whether you win or lose. But it's all about wins and losses, and we're 3-1."
While some players will say that statistics can be deceiving, the sackless Porcher won't.
"Sacks are a big part of my game and the fact that I don't have any is something I'm well aware of," said Porcher, who has made the Pro Bowl in two of the last three years. "I don't have a good answer for why I haven't made any, but I do know that I'm not judged on just four games. Four years ago, I got my first sack in Week 4 and I finished with 10.
"It would be good to get a couple this week because this is a huge game."
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