The future looked bright for the Minnesota Vikings after the 2009 season. The loss in the NFC championship game to the New Orleans Saints was a mighty blow to the spirits of players and fans alike in Minnesota. Many believed, though, that Brett Favre would return and lead the Vikings to another great year.
Well one of those thoughts did happen and one did not. Brett Favre returned for his 20th NFL season, but unlike the year before, the 2010 season was chalk full of interceptions and injuries.
The offensive line could not protect their veteran quarterback which led to turnovers, the defense was not the same wrecking ball it had previously been, the coaching staff went through changes with the firing of head coach Brad Childress and even the Vikings stadium roof collapsed after a severe snow storm in December.
The Vikings finished tied for last in the NFC North with the Detroit Lions, both with records of 6-10. Elsewhere in the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers had obvious success, winning another Super Bowl, and the Chicago Bears finished the regular season first in the NFC North but lost to the Packers in the NFC championship game.
The Packers and Bears are coming off of great seasons. The Lions hopes are high with Matt Stafford coming back from injury and the almost guarantee that their defense will be much better after a great 2011 draft.
Some believe the Vikings are going to start the 2011 season in a rebuilding process. Others believe the Vikings are just a quarterback away from repeating the 12-4 season of 2009. Whatever you may think, here are my thoughts on how the Minnesota Vikings can put up a fight for the NFC North.