Minnesota Vikings: Which Milestone Is Most Likely to Happen in 2009?

Andy RAnalyst IJuly 28, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 21:  Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings gestures against the Carolina Panthers during their NFL game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 21, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Panthers 20-10. (Photo by David Sherman/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings have some pretty huge expectations this season, regardless if Favre signs or not.

The question is, how far can they make it?

Football is a team game and as long as a team works well together, they can become successful.

Individual performances are a large part of how well a team does. If a player has 15 plus sacks in a season, you can expect the pass rush was pretty decent.

If a player rushes for over 1,500 yards, you can bet that the rushing offense was on key.

In his first season, Jared Allen finished just shy of 15 sacks while Adrian Peterson was inching his way to a 2,000 yard season.

Antoine Winfield made his first Pro Bowl in his many seasons in the league. It's these individual performances that made the Vikings one of the more dangerous teams in the NFC last season.

I'm all for making bold predictions and having debates. So I'll leave the voting up to you. Which of the following is most likely to happen?

Jared Allen Records 20 Sacks in His Second Season with the Vikings

Let's assume that Pat and Kevin Williams aren't suspended, and that they play through the season as always.

Does Allen get even better now that his shoulder injury is behind him?

He has made himself into one of the premier ends in the league and is nearly unstoppable.

It seemed like for every sack this guy had, he accumulated three quarterback hurries. Talk about pressuring the quarterback!

Adrian Peterson Rushes for 2,100 Yards

With Peterson, 2,000 yards won't cut it here. So we're upping the stakes a little.

Only five other players in the history of the NFL have done it. Can Peterson become the fourth?

We're assuming Favre joins for this one. Will his arm keep opposing defenses at bay?

He's entering his third season as a starter and has established himself as the best running back in the game. He has quickly drawn heavy comparisons to some of the all-time greats.

Cedric Griffin Makes the Pro Bowl

His counterpart was finally recognized as a top-of-the-line cornerback. It only took about a decade, but it happened nonetheless.

Griffin started last season off slow, but really came on during week five against the Saints when he sent an opposing tight end to the showers, or rather the hospital after a brutal hit.

He racked up some impressive tackle numbers as well with 91. That was good for fourth among all cornerbacks in the NFL last season (Winfield was No. 1 with 95).

He showed that he can push at the line of scrimmage and has the strength to stay with some of the more physical receivers in the game.

With Madieu Williams healthy for the entire season, Griffin should have even more help should he need it.

Bernard Berrian Finally Gets to 1,000 Yards Receiving.

Again, Favre is here.

We've finally got a sure-armed quarterback known for slinging the ball. Will it equate to yardage for the speedster?

Berrian had one of his best seasons in 2008 and looks to build on that success with the addition of Percy Harvin to take pressure off of him.

Oh, did I mention that he'll finally have a quarterback? Ah, a quarterback that can actually hit him in stride and not overthrow him by 10 yards like someone was prone to do...

E.J. Henderson Makes the Pro Bowl

Superman is back and is ready to go.

He was having a great season before a dislocated toe ruined it.

He's a defensive captain for one of the best in the NFL for a reason. The guy can flat out play.

He makes tackles he has no business making. There is no other middle linebacker I would rather have than this guy. He is well-mannered and gives back to his community.

With all the talent that we have on this team, a playoff appearance should be the worst we do. It takes a team to win, but which individual will make the biggest impact?


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