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Team Strength: Defensive line
Team Weakness: Secondary/offensive playmakers
The Minnesota Vikings are rebuilding, which leaves their roster in a state of flux. There's talent, but they are young and inexperienced at several key positions. This team will be competitive, but they won't be able to pull off many victories.
Jared Allen and Kevin Williams are still performing at a high level, and the former came close to breaking the single-season sack record last year. However, the rest of the defense lacks the talent to play at a high level.
Last season, the secondary allowed more than 250 yards per game, and there's been little improvement. Minnesota is hoping that rookie Harrison Smith can help stabilize the back end of the defense, but this unit will experience growing pains and struggle to handle the high-powered passing attacks in the NFC North.
Offensively, the Vikings will succeed only if Christian Ponder is able to move forward with his development, but the lack of offensive weapons is going to make that difficult. Starting the season without Adrian Peterson will be a major hurdle, too.
Overall, Minnesota doesn't have the horses to play winning football. Even if Ponder takes a major step forward, they won't produce a successful season.