2015 Minnesota Vikings Season Preview
The 2014 season was all about the emergence of Teddy Bridgewater for the Minnesota Vikings. Like most rookie quarterbacks, the first season was not without its bumps for Bridgewater, who led the Vikings to a 7-9 record. While Bridgewater made typical rookie mistakes, he also threw for more than 300 yards in 3 games, showing glimpses of what the young quarterback could bring to the Vikings offense for years to come. The 2015 Minnesota Vikings team will receive a massive offensive boost with the return of maligned running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson should still be one of the premier backs in the NFL and will take some of the pressure off of Bridgewater for 2015. The Vikings paid special attention to the defensive side of the ball in the 2015 NFL draft, picking defensive players with their first 3 picks, including linebacker Eric Kendricks who is expected to start week 1 for the Vikings. The NFC North is expected to be one of the NFL’s toughest divisions in 2015, with the Packers and Lions both coming off playoff appearences. While it might be a tad early to call the Vikings contenders in 2015, the addition of Peterson and a little improvement from Bridgewater could land Minnesota in the heat of the playoff race late in the season. Expect the Minnesota Vikings to be one of the most intriguing teams to watch in 2015.
2014 Minnesota Vikings Season Preview
The Vikings didn’t have a great season in 2013, but they’ve cleaned house of a lot of veterans and will be looking to reinvent themselves a bit this year. While Adrian Peterson will still have a lot of the offense run through him, the Vikings got their QB of the future in the draft by picking Teddy Bridgewater at the end of the first round. Bridgewater was once a Heisman frontrunner at Louisville and will likely take over the starting spot sometime in the season. His top target will be Cordarrelle Patterson, who had a solid rookie season for Minnesota in 2013. The Vikings defense also added LB Anthony Barr and DE Scott Crichton on the defensive side, as well as picking up Linval Joseph from the Giants in free agency. The Vikings secondary last season was truly bad, so they’ll need to get everything they can out of new CB Captain Munnerlyn as well as those left over from 2013. The Vikings will start the season in St. Louis before welcoming in the Patriots to Minneapolis for the home opener. Minnesota will also play key away games in New Orleans, Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit and home contests with the Packers and Panthers in November.
2013 Minnesota Vikings Season Preview
The Vikings return many of the same players for the 2013 season and have their sights set on a return to the playoffs this year. The Vikings’ offense will once again be led by running back Adrian Peterson, who proved last season that not even a torn ACL could hold back the NFL’s most dynamic runner. Under center will be third-year quarterback Christian Ponder, who has improved each of the past two seasons. Though wide receiver Percy Harvin was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks, the Vikings replaced him with former Green Bay Packer star Greg Jennings. With three first round choices in the NFL Draft this season, Minnesota improved in a variety of areas by selecting defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, corner back Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. With an infusion of youth and the reigning MVP, the Vikings are poised for another big year in 2013.
2011 Minnesota Vikings Season Preview
The Minnesota Vikings will have a much different look this year than in 2010. Out is former head coach coach Brad Childress and gone is quarterback Brett Favre. The Vikings will be looking to turn a corner and make their way back to the playoffs with a new cast of talent. Perhaps the biggest difference on this year's team is who will be under center. The Vikings picked up longtime Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who will provide much-needed veteran leadership. The offense is also lucky enough to have one of the premiere running backs in the NFL in Adrian Peterson, who is usually good for at least 100 yards. Percy Harvin emerged as a deep threat last season and should be reliable once again. Defensively, the strength of the Vikings is their front seven. In addition to being among the most charismatic players in the league defensive end Jared Allen is one of the best pass rushers. He's joined by Kevin Williams at defensive tackle, who will be solid as well. The secondary has potential as well and will be led by veteran Antoine Winfield.
2010 Minnesota Vikings Season Preview
The Minnesota Vikings came painfully close to a Super Bowl berth last year, and enjoyed a resurgent Brett Favre putting together a career year. With Favre's recently confirmed return, they will have another strong shot at a Super Bowl ring. Still, Minnesota will likely be challenged by a talented Green Bay Packers team as well as a difficult schedule. While the success of the Vikings offense hinges largely on Favre, they do have a number of other talented players. Despite his penchant for fumbling, Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in the NFL, and can carry the load whether or not Fave is at center. Second-year receiver Percy Harvin provides quarterbacks with a reliable target, and is also one of the best return men in the league. Sidney Rice and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe are both reliable targets as well. Last season the defense enjoyed nearly as much success as the offense. Lead by charismatic defensive end Jared Allen, the Minnesota squad ranked second in the league against the run, giving up only 87.1 yard per game on the ground. Cornerbacks Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield both provide solid pass coverage as well.
2009 Minnesota Vikings Season Preview
Minnesota Vikings fans love their team's chances heading into 2009. The Vikings have a stud running game, led by star Adrian Peterson, and a defense nearly worthy of the Purple People Eaters nickname. If Head Coach Brad Childress can get a little more out of the quarterback position, then the sky is the limit for this impressive Vikings team. The Vikes brought in Sage Rosenfels to run the offense in 2009, but he will have capable backups in Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte. The Minnesota defense is lead by a number of talented players including; Jared Allen, Chad Greenway and Cedric Griffin. If the Vikings defensive plays up to their potential and the offense rides on Peterson, then the Metrodome faithful might be headed to South Florida in February 2010 for the Super Bowl.
2008 Minnesota Vikings Season Preview
The Minnesota Vikings are one of the most exciting young teams to watch in the NFL this coming season. With rookie running back sensation Adrian Petersen quickly become one of the very best backs in the NFL, and with a young and promising quarterback in Tarvaris Jackson, the Vikings have had a surprisingly good 2007 season, and will look to further improve and make a real run at the 2008 playoffs. The Metrodome will roar this coming season as rabid Viking fans try to raise the roof off the stadium cheering for their young team to win their first Super Bowl.