Vikings' Post-Preseason Preseason Outlook

JP FrederickCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 4:  Head coach Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings walks on the field during action against the Dallas Cowboys at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 4, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 35-31. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Faver Fvare Varfe Ferva Refav Fevar Vfare Fvear Rafev Vfrae Farev. Favre.

Alright, got that out of the way.

Let's talk Vikings football.

This team should break a-whole lot of hearts this season. Not sure whose hearts, though. They could break some Packers' fans hearts.

Ohhhhhhh Boy, could they break some Packers' fans hearts.

Break the hearts of Bears' fans, too. Lions' fans don't have any hearts to break, not anymore (ah, man, what if Calvin Johnson tore his MCL? It can get worse, Detroit).

And all the hearts of the people out there who raged after the summer romantic-drama, "Favre: After Training Camp." Which, based on a casual glance at the Internet, was a lot of people.

Sorry to say, but the Vikings are going to win, fellas.

They're going to win early and often. They're going to win ugly, they're going to win in spite of themselves, they're going to win with cheap pass interference calls, they're going to win without covering the spread, and they should be the favorite to win this division and make the playoffs.

And that's when they'll break Vikings' fans hearts and cause an avalanche of I told you so.

Or not. Maybe they don't make the playoffs; maybe Peterson goes down; maybe Favre gets the first 40 td/40 int season; maybe Tarvaris is a pro bowler; maybe Pat Williams chokes on a ham sandwich; Or not.

The season will write itself.

This should be a playoff team, though, make no doubt. The only changes to their starting lineup from last year are upgrades. And Brad Childress will never be considered an X's-and-O's guru (despite what he no doubt tells himself in the mirror every morning while not shaving), but the team has always played hard for him, and that can't be forgotten.

By the by, don't ever shave that thing, Brad. It truly is glorious. When the light hits it right, I see Valhalla. Moving on.

While the Packers' and Bears' preseasons have been rightfully gushed over, the Vikings preseason has been erroneously overlooked. Favre is completing the passes Tarvaris didn't, the defense looks like they want to break someone in two on every play, the pass defense might actually defend the pass this year, the special teams seems to have more talent than it's had in years, and Adrian Peterson is still there.

And this team won the division last year with mainly Gus Frerotte, no E.J. Henderson, and the worst special teams the NFL has seen in years.

The world wants them to trip in a pile of Favre's bones, though. Can't say I blame the world, either.

But with a rushing offense and rushing defense like this, the Vikings are a regular season machine, and they should sleepwalk to a 10-6 record. 

The playoffs are where the Vikings all-in push will be judged, however. That is where the Internet will get it's chance to throw beer bottles, batteries, blueberries, Blackberrys, and steel-toed boots at Favre and Chilly.

A couple of hall-of-fame quarterbacks that led a 'Super Bowl contender' in their last year was Dan Marino and John Elway, and there is a stark contrast in how their careers ended.

And yeah, it's a stretch to say this is Refva's last year, but go with me here.

Elway rode a great running back, a playmaking defense, and didn't have to do much for that second Super Bowl ring; Marino played a year too long for a team that wasn't as good as expected and got pulverized in the playoffs by 50 in Jacksonville.

Who knows where this season will end for the Vikings.

But that's the fun part, so I've heard.