The Minnesota Vikings enter the 2013 season with expectations to better their surprising 2012 season. In the final season of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the Vikings have the 10th-toughest schedule, making that expectation very difficult.
Working in their favor is a healthy Adrian Peterson, the reigning NFL MVP, to open the season. Last year, Peterson carried the team into the playoffs. He finished the season rushing for 2,097 yards—the second most in NFL history. His feat is that much more incredible when you take into account he was coming off reconstructive knee surgery just nine months before the season opened.
This is also an important season for third-year quarterback Christian Ponder. After missing last season's playoff game, people are looking at this as a do-or-die season for Ponder. He must avoid the roller-coaster-like performance he had last season if the Vikings are to contend for the playoffs.
No matter how you look at this season, anything short of another playoff appearance will be considered a failure.
Vikings 2013 schedule:
|Sept. 8||1||at Detroit Lions|
|Sept. 15||2||at Chicago Bears|
|Sept. 22||3||Cleveland Browns|
|Sept. 29||4||Pittsburgh Steelers (London)|
|Oct. 13||6||Carolina Panthers|
|Oct. 21||7||at New York Giants|
|Oct. 27||8||Green Bay Packers|
|Nov. 3||9||at Dallas Cowboys|
|Nov. 7||10||Washington Redskins|
|Nov. 17||11||at Seattle Seahawks|
|Nov. 24||12||at Green Bay Packers|
|Dec. 1||13||Chicago Bears|
|Dec. 8||14||at Baltimore Ravens|
|Dec. 15||15||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Dec. 22||16||at Cincinnati Bengals|
|Dec. 29||17||Detroit Lions|
Here's a look at each of these games with an early prediction of the final score.