Five Reasons the Vikings Are Still NFC Favorites
The Minnesota Vikings have looked pretty horrific the first few weeks in the 2010 NFL season. Their offense has been anemic; and while their coach has made a few good style choices, he has been unable to jumpstart the team. They have looked like a radically different team than the 2009 powerhouse. But not to worry! The 2010 Vikings are still the best team in the NFC.
1. The Minnesota Defense:
On opening week, Minnesota’s lauded Williams’ Wall held firm against the Saints offensive juggernaut. Had the Vikings mustered any offense, they would have easily manhandled the Saints. In week two, they held a Dolphin’s offense to only 14 points. Then last week, they kept a division foe to only 10 points.
2. Brett Favre Is Playing Better:
That’s right, Favre is actually playing better than he had to this point last season. His yards are significantly improved over the first few weeks last year, when he hardly threw. His interception and completion percentage are concerning, but improving each week. Those can both be blamed on subpar line play and poor wide receivers.
3. Adrian Peterson Is Better Than Ever:
Peterson is second in the league in rushing yards. He has yet to fumble this year (his biggest knock over the last few years) and is much better in the passing game. Expect him to top his spectacular 2008 season at this rate. Chris Johnson move over!
4. Players Are Coming Back from Injury:
Cedric Griffin, Chris Cook and Sidney Rice will all be returning in the next few weeks, and should make an immediate impact. The secondary has been the Vikings biggest weakness on defense and Griffin should shore this up. On offense, Favre has been without wideouts—but his number one 2009 target, Rice, should fix that.
5. Who Else Is There?
The NFC has only one undefeated team: the Chicago Bears. The seemingly strongest NFC teams, Green Bay and New Orleans, have looked modest the past few weeks. The Vikings should have a very good shot at gaining a playoff spot, if not home-field advantage in the playoffs.