Vikings Expected To Take Last Place In NFC North
On every site I go to that has predictions on the standings at the end of regular season, the Vikings are dead last in the NFC North (see our preview of the North division) and usually are predicted to have a 5-11 to 6-12 record. Everyone is favoring the defending champion Green Bay Packers or the Detroit Lions.
I understand all the favoring of the Green Bay Packers, but why the Detroit Lions? Everyone says this team is a playoff ready team and all this jazz, just because injury-prone starting quarterback Matthew Stafford is back after consecutive injuries that let him only play three full games in the 2010 season. The season before that, during his rookie campaign, he threw for 2,267 yards, 13 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. And then he missed a few games at the end of the season due to an injury.
The Lions are getting to high of expectations just because Stafford is coming back. Jahvid Best looked horrible last year, compared to how he was hyped up. Calvin Johnson is the weapon on that offense that will get them into the playoffs. They looked good with Shaun Hill, and maybe if Stafford stays healthy and produces like he did this preseason they could be an 8-8 team this season. I have no intentions of saying they’ll be a 10-6 or 11-5 team this season.
The Vikings have all the weapons that we’ve been wanting to see. Adrian Peterson is approaching the final year in his contract and has something to prove, so he can be the highest paid back to ever play the game. I have no doubt that that will happen by mid-season. AP is to big of a weapon to give up due to wanting a large amount of money. I know E.J. Henderson, Chad Greenway, Visanthe Shiancoe and Adrian Peterson are all on their final year of their contracts. All of them will not get resigned, if I see anyone going anywhere it’s Shiancoe, due to the signing of rookie Kyle Rudolph.
Who is that one other person who will want a restructured contract after this season if he produces? Donovan McNabb. McNabb could come in and have a Pro-Bowl season and want a four-year contract for a decent amount of cash. If he plays at a franchise quarterback caliber this season, he’ll be wanting more than $5 million a season.
If I can set up a prediction standings on how this season will go, here’s mine:
Green Bay Packers (12-4)
Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
Detroit Lions (8-8)
Chicago Bears (7-9)
Call me crazy, but this season is going to be a fight. And according to analysts on ESPN, the first source I’ve heard say anything positive about the Vikings, the Vikings could be the sleeper team of the season. They have all the weapons you need to be a playoff type team. They have a solid run game, good receivers, a veteran quarterback and a killer defense (if they want to play in their 2009 form).
I had to blog because of how much this is irritating me, share some opinions with me on this years NFC North.