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Signing an aging quarterback on the downside of his career almost worked once for the Minnesota Vikings, so they're trying it again in 2011.
Last season, the Redskins were bad, but at the same time so was Donovan McNabb. He didn't have a stellar offensive line around him and he was hampered by an ankle injury he suffered in a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.
With that said, when McNabb was healthy and had a very good pocket to throw from, his throws were either too far or too short for his receivers.
However, McNabb is going to Minnesota where they have Adrian Peterson and will do something McNabb has longed for his entire career: run the ball.
But Peterson is one year older and even though he's still one of the top running backs in the league, it seems like the wheels just fall off running backs now instead of them wearing down.
That's not to say that this will happen this season to Peterson, but when he can't find running room and the Vikings have to throw the ball, who will McNabb actually throw to?
Right now he's got Percy Harvin. That's not to say there isn't an emerging star in their wide receiver core; it's just that the rest of the NFC North isn't too worried about them.
Also, the Vikings still have to go through the defending NFC North Champs, the Chicago Bears, and the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. And let's not forget that the Detroit Lions continue to improve their roster, and while they probably won't make the playoffs, they are going to be a thorn in the rest of the North's side all season long.
McNabb will ultimately have a better season then last year but it won't be enough to overcome the Vikings' schedule, and they'll finish between 6-10 and 8-8.