Here is a list of five players who will have a bounce back season.
With NFL training camp underway, let’s look at the biggest storylines to watch for in camp the next month.
Every NFL team has a chance… theoretically. But these 5 teams might as well pack it in until 2015.
Of the six coaches who were fired at the end of this season, each of them had quarterbacks with a quarterback rating placing them in the bottom half of the league.
The Cincinnati Bengals had a great season and are looking forward to welcoming the San Diego Chargers into Paul Brown Stadium for the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Even with that game on the immediate horizon, the 2014 opponents for the Bengals have now been set.
The Minnesota Vikings may be on the verge of shutting down star running back Adrian Peterson. The ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s loss is not deemed too serious, but with the team mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, his health is more important. Toby Gerhart would be given the opportunity to showcase his talent over the final three games as long as Peterson is out.
NFL teams talk about the season being in four quarters. The league begins that final quarter this week. The Minnesota Vikings travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in their Week 13 game. The Ravens are led on offense by quarterback Joe Flacco, but wide receiver Torrey Smith is the player to watch. The defense is led by veteran nose tackle Haloti Ngata.
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams was the only Minnesota Vikings to miss practice Thursday. Safety Harrison Smith and McLeod Bethel-Thompson were the only players to have their practice status change from Wednesday to Thursday. Three players were full participants both days despite injuries and five were limited both days.
The Houston Texans have long seen their offense strike when the iron is hot and consistently run up the score, but they’ve needed the defense to keep the lead. With some players leaving and others are not living up to the hype, J.J. Watt brings the whole package to a team that is getting better every season.
The Minnesota Vikings have never lost at Lambeau Field in the playoffs. It looks to beat the Green Bay Packers for the second consecutive week. There are five key things that the Vikings need to do in order to pull off the upset.
The Minnesota Vikings believe they will have Antoine Winfield available for Saturday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. However, the swelling in his hand could be the determining factor. The Vikings appear to have everyone except linebacker Tyrone McKenzie available for the game.
Adrian Peterson needed 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record, but fell nine yards short of the mark. The Minnesota Vikings offense matched the Green Bay Packers drive for drive before winning on a field goal as time expired. The game included drama, controversy and physicality.
The Minnesota Vikings list Brian Robison and Antoine Winfield as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. However, neither is expected to miss the game. Robison missed the win over the Houston Texans with a shoulder sprain and Winfield suffered a fractured hand in that game.
The Minnesota Vikings have one game to make the playoffs. The final hurdle to clinching the sixth spot in the postseason is a home game against the Green Bay Packers. Adrian Peterson needs to rush for 208 yards to break the single season rushing mark against the team that he ran for 210 yards against a few weeks ago.
Adrian Peterson has one game remaining to reach 2,000 rushing yards and the single season rushing record. Both individual statistic goals combined with the Minnesota Vikings surprising run to make the playoffs make him a MVP candidate and probably the front runner for the award.