Vincent Jackson: Why the Minnesota Vikings Need the Star Wideout

Dan Kelley@DanKelleyWritesCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Vincent Jackson- of the San Diego Charges dives for yardage during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The clock is ticking for the Minnesota Vikings.

It’s more than likely they only have one more shot at reaching the Super Bowl before Brett Favre hangs ‘em up and they once again find themselves in the Tarvaris Jackson era.

The problem is, last season with Favre looking better than ever, a running back who is one of the absolute best in the league and a ferocious defense, they couldn’t get it done.

Now, there’s no Chester Taylor to spell Adrian Peterson and Favre is another year older.

They’re also 0-1 after losing to the defending champs and the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last season—the New Orleans Saints. While the defense looked solid in the loss, holding the potent Saints offense to only 14 points, the Vikings offense wasn’t nearly as impressive.

Favre and company only managed 253 total yards on the night and reached the end zone once.

If they’re serious about making a run at the Super Bowl this year, they’re going to need some help.

The perfect man for the job: Vincent Jackson.

Take a look at the Vikings’ top pass-catcher last week. The only guy that was even close to impressive was the tight end, Visanthe Schianco who had four catches for 76 yards and the only touchdown. The next leading receiver: Greg Camarillo who made one catch for 29 yards.

That’s not good.

Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin are both decent, but were nowhere to be seen last week. If the Vikings offense is going to be good enough to get them to the Promised Land this season, they need somebody who’s consistent and can really threaten opposing secondaries.

Jackson is currently serving a three game suspension and the Chargers are actively shopping him around to avoid extending his contract.

However, he’s going to receive a lot of interest after compiling 1,167 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last season.

So, while the Vikings would have to wait a couple weeks for his services, the product should be worth the wait, because once he’s eligible to play again, he’ll instantly give Favre the elite-receiver he needs to turn the offense into a juggernaut.

Last week should make the Vikings painfully aware that they need to make an addition to this offense if they want to win big this season.

Although the Saints were the Super Bowl champs last season, only putting up nine points against their defense is not encouraging. The futility of Favre’s receivers suddenly became a glaring issue—one that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.