Minnesota Vikings' 2009 Season: Game-by-Game Forecast
Green Bay Packers: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/134700-green-bay-packers-2009-season
Chicago Bears: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/134995-forecasting-the-chicago-bears-2009-season-game-by-game
The Vikings are one of the more dominant teams in the NFC North with Adrian Peterson as running back. However, the Vikings have had a bad situation at quarterback ever since Daunte Culpepper left.
We already looked at how the Packers' season should pan out so far with everything. And we saw the mighty Bears fall to 8-8 for 2009. Where will the Purple and Gold land? Well, let's find out where they rank in the NFC North.
Vikings 1 - Bears 1
Should be expecting these two teams to tie up the series in the NFC North this season. The Vikings are good with Adrian Peterson, but have no quarterback to really help them out.
The Bears, on the other hand, have some difficulties in all fields. I almost want to say the Vikings will sweep the Bears; however, I think the Bears get a lucky win.
Vikings go to 1-1 in both their overall and division record.
Vikings 1 - Packers 1
The Packers and the Vikings, for most of the past 10-12 years, have been fighting for the NFC North title. Last year was an exception, and so were 2005 and 2006.
The Packers have the better quarterback situation, but the Vikings have the better run game. Come season's end, the Vikings and Pack will split the series.
Vikings 2-2 in both their record and division.
Vikings 2 - Lions 0
Is there really much explaining I have to do here? The Lions are bad, just plain bad, and the Vikings could run all over them with Adrian Peterson. No thought process needed to be put into this one.
Vikings increase both records to 4-2.
Vikings over 49ers
Unless the 49ers can take those glimpses of talented play from the 2008 season and make it an every Sunday occurrence in 2009, this shouldn't even be a close game.
Vikings go to 5-2.
Vikings over Seahawks
The Seahawks are in a rebuilding stage. How they even got there, I'm not sure. I didn't think they changed too much from the team that made it to the Super Bowl in 2005. However, they did lose Shaun Alexander; that was a major blow to the team. Actually, when he started to perform poorly was when the major blow took place.
Vikings move to 6-2.
Giants over Vikings
The Giants fell out of the playoffs early. Nobody expected the Arizona Cardinals to make it to the Divisional Round or the NFC Championship, let alone the Super Bowl.
However, that is what happened and the Giants got knocked out early in an upset. So maybe the 2007 Super Bowl champs will be looking for revenge and will be more dominant.
Vikings fall to 6-3
Ravens over Vikings
I was going to put the Vikings over the Ravens until I realized how defensive this game will be.
Think about it, with no really good quarterback for the Vikings, they have to rely on Adrian Peterson. And if Joe Flacco does bad this season, the Vikings' defense will have a field day.
However, to win you have to score points. And the Ravens defense will stop AP, while the Vikings defense stops Joe Flacco. This game will come down to whichever defense busts first.
Vikings fall to 6-4.
Vikings over Bengals
This should be an easy game for the Purple and Gold. The Bengals are not much of a threat at all.
Vikings improve to 7-4.
Vikings over Cardinals
Not too many defenses are good enough to stop Adrian Peterson. I will say this now; the Arizona Cardinals' defense is one of those defenses.
Once again, the Vikings will win yet another game riding on the back of Adrian Peterson.
Vikings improve to 8-4.
Vikings over Rams
The Rams are still not a very good team. The Vikings may not even need AP to carry them in this one.
Vikings win and improve to 9-4.
Panthers over Vikings
The Carolina Panthers are a good team. This game should prove to be an exciting one.
However, in the end, I believe the Panthers will get the better of the Vikings and cause them to lose their fifth game of the season.
Vikings fall to 9-5.
Vikings over Browns
Is there even a question as to who is going to win this game? Not really.
Vikings improve to 10-5.
Steelers over Vikings
Adrian Peterson will have nowhere to run when it comes to playing this big team from the AFC North. The Steelers are on the hot road to becoming the best team in NFL history. They of course have a couple more championships before 12, but they are already halfway there.
No way do the Vikings win this game. They fall to 10-6.
A little problem arises, though. Green Bay is also predicted to be 10-6, and with both teams splitting the series between the two, who wins the NFC North?
Well, in the Packers article, I have the Packers with a 5-1 division record. The Vikings ended up with a 4-2. That means the Packers would win the NFC North.
Vikings fans should be looking at a possible Wild Card berth.