Last season the Minnesota Vikings surprised plenty of people by winning 10 games and earning a berth in the playoffs. The surprise was how well the team did after coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history when the team finished 3-13 in 2011.
The Vikings were led on the field by Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 2,097 yards, the second highest single-season total in NFL history. It was also his sixth consecutive season rushing for at least 10 touchdowns.
Head coach Leslie Frazier is looking for a more balanced offense this season. To that end, the Vikings have upgraded the wide receiver position by signing free agent Greg Jennings and drafting Cordarrelle Patterson from the University of Tennessee with the 29th pick in the draft.
The defense was addressed with their first two picks in the draft, selecting defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd from Florida with the 23rd pick, and cornerback Xavier Rhodes from Florida State with the 25th pick in the first round.
The following statistical predictions for the Vikings are based on a more balanced offensive attack with quarterback Christian Ponder continuing to improve by being more consistent.
Here's a prediction of the major offensive and defensive stats for the Vikings in 2013.