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The way I see it, the Vikings have a pretty tough schedule this season.
I was unimpressed with the offense against the San Diego Chargers, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are incapable of winning some ball games.
The Vikings have their bye week in Week 9. Leading up to that point, they will have a game against each of their divisional rivals, and also match up against the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and, obviously, the Chargers.
At this point, I don't believe the Vikings will be able to muster up a win in any of their divisional games, however, the remainder of the teams I listed are very beatable.
After Week 1, I think the Lions are a better team than the Vikings. They are by no means, however, significantly better or in a different class.
The Lions were able to down the Buccaneers and keep quarterback Josh Freeman's production to a minimum. Because they were able to do that, the Lions were able to come out on top. I think that if the Vikings can do the same thing in their matchup with the Bucs this week, they could see the same outcome.
The Cardinals and Panthers are both very similar in that, they both have some great play-makers, but both have some serious questions as well meaning that they are still beatable with solid defense and offensive production.
The Buffalo Bills were able to contain the Chiefs very well; and I think that if the Bills can crush the Chiefs, why not the Vikings? In my mind, the Vikings are a superior team than the Bills, so I don't see any reason why the Vikings couldn't win that matchup.
It all comes down to the fact that the Vikings still have the best running back in football and a very strong defense. Those two factors will keep the Vikings in games leaving it up to McNabb to make only a few plays in the passing game. This may sound easy, but McNabb struggled with it anyway.
I think he'll be able to get it together enough to come out on top against the weaker teams I mentioned. I don't, however, believe that he'll be able to lead the Vikings to any divisional wins based on what I saw from Week 1.
I think a 4-4 record is extremely generous, but out of respect for a veteran like McNabb, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and at least give him that.