Grading the Minnesota Vikings Positional Units at the First Quarter Mark

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Grading the Minnesota Vikings Positional Units at the First Quarter Mark
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The Minnesota Vikings have exceeded the expectations of almost every preseason prognostication after only four games in 2012 season. Currently 3-1 and atop the NFC North, along with the Chicago Bears, the Vikings have matched their win total from last season. Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder and an improved defense are leading the way that has some people actually using the "p-word."

Perhaps not wanting to be blamed for jinxing the team, an unaccredited story on the Pioneer Press website claims there is a 75 percent chance of the Vikings making the postseason after opening with a 3-1 record. Caution needs to be preached to those who have imbibed too much of the purple Kool-Aid and remind them that it's still early and this is a very young team.

For every statement win, like the one against the 49ers, there's bound to be a head-scratching loss like the one against the Colts. The best strategy is to hold all expectations in check, go with the flow and enjoy the up-and-down ride that is the NFL.

In the following slides are the grades by position. Note that there is no grading on a curve, and the turnaround from a 3-13 record holds little sway when grading this team against the entire 32-team field of the NFL.    

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