Another shootout?

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Peyton Manning gears up for another track meet in prime time. But Daunte Culpepper will not have his dance partner available when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

This interconference matchup has the makings of a high-scoring Arena Football League affair at the RCA Dome. The Colts rank first in the NFL with 31.1 points per game. The Vikings had averaged 30 points in their first five games with a healthy Randy Moss.

However, Moss has been hampered by a hamstring injury over the last two weeks and the Vikings have averaged just 16.5 points. Last week, they were shut out for three quarters before scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 34-13 loss to the New York Giants.

"There's no question it's a blow to our offense," Vikings coach Mike Tice said. "And when you play a high-octane offense like Indianapolis you need to be at your best."

But Moss, who has recorded 11 touchdowns in nine Monday night games, will miss the first game of his career. He had started 103 straight games.

Manning has all of his weapons in place. After going up against the likes of Tom Brady, Steve McNair, Brett Favre and Trent Green, Manning -- the NFL's top-rated quarterback -- now faces the NFC's top-rated quarterback.

Manning has completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,161 yards and 22 touchdowns with four interceptions for a rating of 117.4.

Culpepper has completed nearly 71 percent of his passes for a league-high 2,180 yards and 20 touchdowns with five interceptions. Last week, Manning threw for a career-high 472 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-35 loss at Kansas City. Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne each had 119 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

This season, Culpepper became the first quarterback to throw five touchdowns in a game three times.

Along with Harrison and Wayne, Manning also utilizes slot receiver Brandon Stokley, tight ends Marcus Pollard and Dallas Clark and running back Edgerrin James.

Manning and Harrison can be officially canonized in the Monday spotlight as the best combination. The two need four completions to surpass Buffalo's Jim Kelly and Andre Reed (663 connections) for the most between quarterback and receiver in NFL history.

The Colts protect Manning well, having surrendered an NFL-low four sacks. The Vikings had five sacks, including two by end Lance Johnstone, in last week's loss to the Giants.

However, the Colts have yielded more than 1,000 yards over the last two weeks in losses to Jacksonville and Kansas City -- the first time they had back-to-back losses in a 30-game span.


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