The Minnesota Vikings look to remain in the division title hunt with a win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Packers are one game ahead of the Vikings and in second place in the NFC North division. Minnesota is led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and its passing offense.
The Minnesota Vikings played three games in November and lost two of them. The Vikings were led by Adrian Peterson on offense, Antoine Winfield on defense and Kevin Williams on special teams in November.
The Minnesota Vikings had an extra week to prepare for the Chicago Bears, but still provided little resistance. The Vikings scored first, but surrendered 25 consecutive points before falling 28-10 at Soldier Field. Adrian Peterson topped 100 yards for the fifth straight game.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the heat of the playoff chase, but they also need to think about the future. The Vikings need to make a decision on several free agents and how to improve several areas.
The Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers form the NFL’s best division. The Bears sit atop the standings, but have issues with its offense. The Packers won the division last season, but the defense remains its weak link. The Vikings and Adrian Peterson are one of the best stories in the league, but do they have enough to make the playoffs. The Lions remain in the hunt, but can they get hot and catch the teams ahead of them.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the process of rebuilding for the future. The process began with the 2012 NFL Draft. The Vikings selected nine players in the draft – lost one to a devastating knee injury – and claimed another off waivers.
Percy Harvin did not practice all week and is as doubtful for Sunday’s against the Detroit Lions. His absence would leave a huge hole in an already anemic passing offense. The only other injured player listed as worse than probable is defensive tackle Letroy Guion.
The best part of the November portion of the Minnesota Vikings’ schedule is its bye week. The Vikings can use that week off to improve two critical areas, one on each side of the ball. It needs to fix at least one of these problems, if it is going to remain in the playoff hunt.
The Minnesota Vikings start the second half of the season with a trip to the west coast. The Vikings lead the Seattle Seahawks by one game in the standings for a wild card spot. The most intriguing aspect of the game is the battle between the NFL’s top two rushers this season.
Christian Ponder’s numbers suggest that the second-year quarterback is taking a step backwards. However, the Minnesota Vikings as a whole are regressing. The entire defense and offensive line are especially woeful lately.
The Minnesota Vikings only have one practice this week before facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday at Mall of America Field. Tight end John Carlson and running back Adrian Peterson were the only players to miss practice. Carlson is not expected to play, but Peterson is.
The Minnesota Vikings are off to an impressive start to the season. Very few thought the Vikings would be atop the NFC North Division standings after four weeks. The Vikings are led by Percy Harvin on offense, Chad Greenway on defense and Blair Walsh on special teams.
The Minnesota Vikings signed Charlie Johnson, a former tight end recruit out of high school, to provide depth and experience on its offensive line in 2011. He is the oldest starting offensive lineman and only one reserve is older.
The Minnesota Vikings received a big boost as star running back Adrian Peterson returned just nine and a half months after tearing his ACL. Peterson not only returned, but started and received the bulk of the carries. However, the hero of the game for the Vikings was rookie kicker Blair Walsh, who made a 55-yard field as time expired to send the game to overtime. He then added the game-winning on the opening drive of the extra period.
The national media does not like the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, but history says they still have a chance. The Vikings need a lot of things to go right to prove the naysayers wrong from better quarterback play to improved pass defense.