The Minnesota Vikings – or should we just say Adrian Peterson – too the NFL by storm/surprise last season, marching to an impressive 10-6 regular season record and forcing their way into the NFL playoffs. In the process, Peterson lived up to his “All Day” moniker, as he seemed to crush the opposition every single week en route to over 2,000 rushing yards.
Peterson almost broke the single-season rushing record last season, but even though he came up a tad short, he still willed his Vikings into the playoffs. That type of talent and impact has the Vikings entering 2013 with 40/1 odds to win the Super Bowl.
Granted, those odds aren’t amazing, but if Vikings fans (or just NFL fans in general) think quarterback Christian Ponder is the real deal, then Minnesota quickly becomes a sexy sleeper pick that could win it all.
After all, if no one saw the Vikes coming last year, perhaps no one will see them building off of that momentum and pushing their way to the season’s final game in 2013.
Again, Peterson can’t do it all on his own (I don’t think), so it’s going to take quite the rise in efficiency from Ponder, who was borderline inept when throwing deep down the field last season, and more often than not had a fairly forgettable performance.
With that said, the Vikings traded away headache Percy Harvin and arguably upgraded the passing game by signing former Packer Greg Jennings and drafting raw but physically gifted receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson.
Combined with tight end Kyle Rudolph and the ever electric Adrian Peterson, there is a legit chance the Vikings could field an extremely balanced and potent offensive attack in 2013.
The best part? Their defense is good enough to live up to their end of the bargain. Jared Allen is in a contract year, but remains one of the top pass-rushers in the game, while second-year Harrison Smith combines with newly signed inside linebacker Desmond Bishop to form a very balanced defense.
Minnesota’s only other question is at corner, where seasoned vet Antoine Winfield feld for Seattle.
If Ponder can up his game and the Vikes can hold their own in their secondary, they should once again be very competitive in the NFC North, and with 40/1 Super Bowl odds, that’s all bettors can ask for until the playoffs come.
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