MINNEAPOLIS, JAN. 11 -- As expected, Vikings Coach Jerry Burns officially named Wade Wilson today as his starting quarterback for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Washington Redskins. Wilson said he hoped he wouldn't be looking over his shoulder Sunday at fellow quarterback Tommy Kramer, who'll be toting a clipboard.
Wilson started the last time the Redskins and Vikings played -- three weeks ago in the Metrodome -- and Minnesota lost, 27-24, in overtime. He completed 14 of 27 passes for 206 yards and scrambled for 75 more, but many Redskins said they feared Kramer more.
A year earlier, Kramer had thrown for 490 yards at RFK Stadium in another overtime loss to the Redskins. But Kramer has been bothered by a recurring nerve problem that affects his throwing arm, so Wilson is it.
"I don't have to get into who's my No. 1 quarterback," Burns said today. "That way, you're wanting me to say who's the best. They're both excellent quarterbacks. I've been trying to preach that here for 10 weeks, but to no avail."
Wilson did complete 20 of 34 passes for 298 yards in last Sunday's 36-24 victory over San Francisco. But Kramer, asked if he's adjusting to a reserve role, said today: "The way I'm adjusting is this: The only reason I'm coming off the bench is because I've been injured. I guess it's easier to deal with when you know you're not 100 percent healthy to play."
Clearly, the Vikings aren't scared of the Redskins, figuring they've lost the last two games on a coin flip. "We've got to improve on our flips," Burns said. In both games, the Redskins won the overtime toss and scored on their intial possession.
The Vikings won't change a thing about their game plan, which has been to stuff the Redskins' run with linemen Chris Doleman and Keith Millard, and use a balanced offense with running back Darrin Nelson and wide receiver Anthony Carter.
Carter, in his last two games, has set playoff records for most punt return yardage (against New Orleans) and pass receiving yardage (against San Francisco).
Asked today if his team will change anything for the Redskins, Carter said: "Not really, because we had those guys down and didn't put them away. I tell you, if we get that opportunity again, I guarantee you we'll put them away. I'm not bragging or anything like that, but that's the confidence we have now."