If you’ve been following your NFL on direct4tv.com, then you may have taken notice the Minnesota Vikings surprising start and shaky performances the last couple weeks. The Vikings busted out a few surprises this season, but the question on everyone’s mind is, “Can they hold on?”
Adrian Peterson, hailed optimistically in some circles as the “comeback player of the decade,” certainly (and pleasantly) surprised Vikings fans this season. Bouncing back at an incredible rate from knee surgery, Peterson presently leads the League in total rushing yards and rushing yards per game. He’s also ranked third in the League in touchdowns. Those stats are quite impressive for someone just coming back from an ACL and MCL repair last year. Let’s see if he can keep it going.
Coming off an unimpressive rookie season, Ponder is poised to impress. His early stats had him outranking QB superstars, such as Aaron Rogers, Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Granted his stats have suffered as the Vikings’ schedule has become more difficult. However, a strong start and a number 10 ranking in NFL in completion percentage prove that Ponder has promise.
Currently the Vikings hold the #11 spot in total defense, #14 in scoring defense and #7 in sacks. Not bad. When you consider that playoff bids are built on strong defenses, the Vikings could shape up to see NFC playoffs this year.
The Vikings’ last two seasons have been disappointing. Perhaps this year, they can rally and make it to the Conference Championship, or at least Division playoffs. If not, the start of the 2012 season gives us hope for 2013.