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  • If it's Peterson, I think they might survive because, unlike in past seasons, this team does have some legitimate playmakers at receiver
  • Once again, this could be interesting to watch once they face teams that are able to block players like Jared Allen
  • A few weeks ago, I would have said it was definitely the latter of the two

    • by Steve
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      OK, I’ll admit it. I was wrong about the Minnesota Vikings. When they first started out, I figured they were overrated and made a mistake bringing Brett Favre out of retirement. But, I’m not convinced, even though they are better than I thought, that they will hold up the entire season.

      The Vikings, at this point, are lucky the Packers and Bears are struggling a bit right now; allowing them to take a commanding lead in the standings and all but guaranteeing them an NFC North title. Because there are a few questions I have about this team. First of all, the offense consists of a two-headed attack of running back Adrian Peterson and Favre.

      Defenses have to take both into account whenever they play against this offense, messing up game plans easily. However, Favre broke down right about this time last season and Peterson is a guy who takes a lot of hits so there’s a chance one or both won’t finish


      out the year. If that happens, it remains to be seen if the offense remains as effective.

      If it’s Peterson, I think they might survive because, unlike in past seasons, this team does have some legitimate playmakers at receiver. Percy Harvin is a major surprise this year considering rookie receivers don’t usually have a big impact. Where he really helps this team is the special teams aspect on returns.

      Favre is putting up big numbers because it’s easy to score points when you have great field position to start with almost every series. He reminds me a bit of Devin Hester before the Bears essentially ruined him as a returner by trying to get him involved in the offense. The defense also does struggle a bit against the pass; at least when offensive lines can do their jobs and keep the pass rush in check.

      Once again, this could be interesting to watch once they face teams that are able to block players ...


      • like Jared Allen. One thing people forget when they crown the Vikings too is the fact they have yet to face the Bears this year. The Bears aren’t as good as people expected them to be.

        But, they do have a young quarterback in Jay Cutler and a running back in Matt Forte who has shown flashes of brilliance. Favre has historically had problems with Lovie Smith’s defenses so it’ll be interesting to see what happens when these two teams meet. The Vikings could either crush the Bears (which is a team currently nursing a lot of injured players) or, they could find themselves losing one or both of those contests; closing the gap a bit within the division.

        It should also be mentioned that, even though they did beat the Packers twice, it is very hard to beat the same team three times in the NFL. And, if the Packers (who have a somewhat soft later schedule) can make it in to

        the playoffs as a wild card (and have addressed their offensive line problems by then), this team could find itself not getting very far in the playoffs if they have to face that rival again; even if it is at home. I’m also not convinced, yet, that they can beat a legitimate playoff contender like the Eagles or Saints.

        So, it’ll be interesting to see if they are a pretender that happens to be in a weak division or if they really are the real deal. In any case, I’ll be interested to see what direction the Vikings take when they get back from their bye week. This is one of those teams that can have a great first half and continue it into the second half or it could be a team that could start seeing a late season collapse.

        A few weeks ago, I would have said it was definitely the latter of the two. But, after seeing them play the past few weeks, I really am not sure which it will end up being.




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