Sam Monson is one of the core team members at ProFootballFocus.com, a website that analyzes every player from every snap of every game in the NFL season and provides a whole host of unique data, stats and gradings.
He has also contributed to ESPN1500, Footballdiner and other outlets.
He lives in Dublin, Ireland having caught the football bug from the year he spent in Minnesota as a seven year old. As a full-time job watching and analyzing football wasn't enough, he also plays the game on an amateur basis with the West Dublin Rhinos.
I think it depends almost entirely on Ponder. If he gets it in year two then I think they can legitimately contend for a Wild Card. In that division and in the NFC that may be a 9-7 kind of season to get in with teams taking wins off each other, so if they finish at 8-8 they may have been in the race until the final game and given a good account of themselves. I think that's probably the high watermark season for them barring some kind of real stars-aligning sort of deal.
It's certainly possible, but it makes a better article to say it'll happen than 'if all goes right it just might be possible' ;)
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Hey man... I caught your article on how the Vikes are gonna shock the world. Although it was well written, I have to say that it's a bit far-fetched to think that they'll land a wild-card berth.
5-11/6-10 is about the best to expect from the Vikes this year... they do have talent, but that talent just doesn't compare to the other teams in the divison... not right now anyway. They're maybe a season away from making any real noise.