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The Vikings Try To Expand Their Offense in 2013

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/3/2013 1:56:30 AM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had one of the most remarkable recoveries from ACL surgery in the history of sports. He was down on the field squirming in pain in the 2011 playoffs, and he was ready to open the 2012 season just five months later. The online sports book experts were further blown away when Peterson fell just a few yards short of breaking the single-season rushing record.

The debate on whether or not Adrian Peterson is human will continue in 2013 as he, once again, puts the Minnesota Vikings on his back and tries to will his team into the playoffs. But if the Vikings are going to make the playoffs in 2013, then the sports betting experts know that they will need more than the efforts of their superhuman running back. Quarterback Christian Ponder and the rest of the Minnesota offense is going to have to kick in as well.

Offense

The good news for the Vikings is that Adrian Peterson will be completely healthy in 2013 and ready to run over the NFL again. The bad news is that the Vikings lost wide receivers Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins to free agency. Former Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Greg Jennings has come over to help add a deep target for Ponder, but the Vikings are going to wind up putting a lot of pressure on rookie wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson. Minnesota does have one of the better offensive lines in the NFC and it will need that kind of support to win the big games late in the season. If Minnesota relies solely on Peterson to generate the offense again, then this will not be a playoff year for the Vikings.

Defense

The betting sites feel that the Vikings had one of the best defenses in the history of football at one point, but those days are gone and now Minnesota is desperately trying to put together a defense that will compete. The biggest problems the Vikings had last season were in the defensive secondary, which is why the team drafted cornerback Xavier Rhodes and brought in inside linebacker Desmond Bishop to help increase the pressure on the quarterback. Defensive lineman Jared Allen will be a presence on the line of scrimmage for the Vikings, but he is going to need help rushing the passer this year if Minnesota is going to stand up to the passing games in Green Bay and Chicago.

The Bottom Line

As long as Christian Ponder can mesh with his new receivers and the Minnesota offensive line can stay healthy, then Minnesota should be a playoff team in 2013. But if the Vikings want to pursue dreams of a Super Bowl victory, then they will have to step it up on defense and find a way to get pressure on the opposing quarterback. Otherwise, the Vikings may start to fade as the season comes to an end.

Predicted finish: 10-6


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