The Minnesota Vikings opened their latest campaign 0-2, and are already in the basement of the NFC North along side the Detroit Lions, while the Packers and Bears have both opened up their seasons 2-0.
Leading up to mid season, the Vikings have a much tougher schedule than both the Packers and Bears, who look to be playing better football, the three teams schedules are as follows up to week 10,
Vikings: DET, BYE, @NYJ, DAL, @GB, @NE, ARI, CHI.
Packers: @CHI, DET, @WAS, MIA, MIN, @NYJ, DAL, BYE.
Bears: GB, @NYG, @CAR, SEA, WAS, BYE, @BUF, MIN.
The Vikings have a Week 3 bye, while the Packers and Bears both have close to a mid season bye, in Weeks 10 and 8.
This does not favor the aging Vikings whatsoever, and I think that they will be too beat up to go far in the playoffs, if they can get there at all.
I predict the records of the teams by Week 10 to be as follows, Vikings at, 4-5, Packers at 9-0 and Bears 6-3. So the question is...
Are the Minnesota Vikings already in need of a Minneapolis miracle after a 14-10 loss at home to the Miami Dolphins?
Between the Week 1 game vs. the New Orleans Saints, and the week 2 game vs. the Miami Dolphins, the Vikings have shown little to no progress on offense. The only two things that have looked good for Minnesota's offense is the play of running back Adrian Peterson, and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.
The entire receiving corp has looked sluggish, with the exception of Shiancoe. Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin have looked out of sync with Favre on every throw, something I expected to be fixed after Week 1, at least somewhat, but there is still no silver lining even after game two.
Adrian Peterson's nickname is All Day, but as it looks like if they want to win any games, they're going to need to change it to ED, for Every Down, since it has been the only way for Minnesota to move the chains up to this point.
If they play the same as they did the past two Sundays, they better not expect to chalk up a win against the Lions, cause even they have looked better than the Vikings through the first two weeks.
If the Vikings are looking to make the playoffs this year, let alone get to the point they were in 2010, they are going to need to hope that the Bears are just playing above their expectations, and they are going to be able to catch them, because right now, the NFC is going through Green Bay, and the only upside after week two for Minnesota is that the Dallas Cowboys are also struggling, and they were one of the teams also expected to push for top spot in the NFC.
If the Vikings are looking to win games before Sidney Rice returns to the line up, they need to get the passing game back, in any way possible, especially if they want to get to the Super Bowl.
The way I see it, if they want to win now, they need to make a move for Vincent Jackson, because the receivers thus far... just aren't going to cut it, and their window of opportunity, and story book ending for Brett Favre... is only getting narrower and narrower.