Randy Moss's absence is one reason why Daunte Culpepper has struggled this season, but it's far from the only reason.

Let's start with the Vikings' running attack, which is lifeless. At only 55 rushing yards per game, it ranks 30th in the league. A big reason for this is that they're barely even trying to run the ball, averaging a league-worst 14.5 rushing attempts per game.

And it's not like the Vikings don't have any running backs. In fact, they have four -- Michael Bennett, Moe Williams, Ciatrick Fason and Mewelde Moore. Coach Mike Tice needs to pick one and let him run, because a good ground game helps open a strong passing attack.

A big reason for Minnesota's rushing woes, and therefore Culpepper's passing woes, is the absence of Pro Bowl center Matt Birk, who's lost for the season with a hip injury. Cory Withrow, Birk's replacement, has been porous.

To top it off, Scott Linehan, the offensive coordinator credited with turning Culpepper into a Pro Bowl pick, bolted for Miami after last season. Some are saying Steve Loney, who replaced Linehan, is overburdened because he's not only the offensive coordinator but also the primary play-caller and offensive line coach.

-- Matt Bonesteel