The Minnesota Vikings did not make too much noise in the first half of last season but came on strong in the last few weeks as Teddy Bridgewater showed that he was learning to be a better player and that he had the potential to actually be a solid NFL level starting QB.
Preview: On offense the Vikings are going to be looking for Bridgewater to continue on his developmental path and for Adrian Peterson to come back from missing essentially all of last season and return to his normal dominant form. As far as the development of Bridgewater is concerned there shouldn’t be too much concern as there is no real reason to expect him to take a step back with all of his tools looking better and better towards the end of last season. The Adrian Peterson situation could be a difficult one as while I feel there are few if any hard feelings between him and his team Peterson definitely has some tough feelings when it comes to ownership which he feels was not supportive of him in his time of need.
On defense the Vikings return almost their whole starting lineup from a year ago, a unit that looked very strong and at times capable of winning games almost on their own. The defensive line looks very strong with Brian Robison and Everson Griffen on the ends and big things being expected of Sharrif Floyd who is coming into this third year and looks to be massive on the interior. In the secondary the Vikings also look strong as the CBs lead by Xavier Rhodes just continues to improve and Terrance Newman being added in the offseason to mentor if nothing else.
Projected Record: 9-7