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Vikings Expected To Take Last Place In NFC North

September 1, 2011 by Brady in CONTROVERSY

The Minnesota Vikings are a team that apparently has no chances of making this post-season, according to most analysts and football fans nationwide (besides us Minnesotans of course).

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:

NFC North
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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.

6 Comments

  1. Dan RSeptember 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I like your prediction but I see the vikes and the pack having the same record at the end of the season. (pretty homer, but I’ve got a good feeling about the year)

    • NickSeptember 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      love the optimism here. Let’s not settle for #2 – lets go for the top. SKOL VIKES!

  2. TuckerSeptember 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    The one thing the Vikings should have over the Packers and Bears this year is a weaker schedule. The Bears are good every other year…probably partially due to scheduling.

    I don’t see the Packers running away with the division, but I still see them winning it. They have one of the best QB’s in the league and a great defense. Those two alone will take you places.

    The rest of the teams in the division will probably hover a game over or around .500.

    You have to admit, the Vikings still have a lot of question marks. Will their defensive backfield stay healthy (a major key to success!!)? Will anybody step up on the defensive line? How will Donovan McNabb adjust to the new offense? How will injuries around the division impact the rest of the teams?

    With that said, here’s my prediction:

    Packers 11-5

    Bears 9-7
    Lions 9-7
    Vikings 9-7

    Superbowl Champion: San Diego Chargers

    • NickSeptember 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Tucker you screwed up… im sure you meant “Superbowl Champion: Minnesota Vikings” Right? :)

  3. BradySeptember 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    That is a good statement. They have a lot of changes to the d-line. But I can just see our offense being very dominating this season.

  4. DirkSeptember 3, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I also agree that most of the analysts have under rated the Vikings. I see our offense improving all year long as everyone continues to learn and become more comfortable with the new system. I also have a lot of confidence in the coaching staff (nice change) and think that they will get the best out of the team as a whole.

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