Stop The Nonsense: The Vikings Are For Real

Andy RAnalyst IOctober 14, 2009

ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 11:  :  :  :  :  :  :  :  :  :  :  :  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings at Edward Jones Dome on October 11, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

If you were to tell me at the beginning of the season that the Vikings would be 5-0 to start the season, I would have said, "So what?"

If you were to tell me that Favre would be one of the top quarterbacks in the league at the end of week five, I would have replied, "Yeah, probably."

Everything the Vikings have done thus far in their season is what I expected. I expected Peterson to be near the league lead in rushing. I expected Favre to be one of the best overall quarterbacks. I expected the defense to be relatively stout.

Why does this seem like such a shock to people that the Vikings are being mentioned as not only one of the best in the NFC, but the NFL as a whole?

You immediately see the doubters proclaim that the Vikings have yet to face a worthy opponent. They don't deserve to be mentioned among the Colts and Giants of the NFL.

Keep dreaming fellas.

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Not only has this Vikings team performed well, they've done so while giving more playing time to backups than any other team in the NFL and by a good margin.

Rarely do you see a Vikings starter play the entire game. We Vikings fans are watching the Jared Allens, Steve Hutchinsons, Adrian Petersons, Brett Favres, and Antoine Winfields sitting on the sidelines with six minutes left in regulation.

The Vikings have simply beaten every team they've faced. Aside from a very physical 49ers game, none of them have been close whatsoever.

That's not good enough for many of you doubters though. When will the Vikings be good enough for you? Does Favre need to throw for 300 plus yards every game? Does Peterson need to rush for 150 yards and three touchdowns? Does the defense need to allow less than three points per game?

Give the Vikings the respect they deserve.

Teams like the Cleveland and Detroit need to remember that a full game is 60 minutes long, not 30 minutes.

Teams like Green Bay need to stop that emotional roller coaster and play the game.

Teams like St. Louis need to trade Steven Jackson to a good team to give him a shot at the playoffs (that's for a different article).

Why are the Vikings being penalized by the fans for having a soft schedule?

The fact is, the Vikings have won and won big. They've done in on the ground (Cleveland and Detroit) and they've done it through the air (Green Bay and San Francisco). This team has it all, whether you like it or not.

Fans from other teams like to look down on the Vikings because some of their statistics aren't great. They hover around the middle of the pack in nearly every team stat you can come up with.

If the Vikings want to run on you, they will. If they want to pass it on you, they can. There is nothing that this Vikings team can't do.

The receiving corp was an area of concern in the offseason. Well, with a huge upgrade at quarterback, we've seen a tremendous weakness become a strength.

Third-year receiver Sidney Rice is simply amazing. He catches nearly everything thrown his way. He doesn't create separation, but when you have agility and hands like he does, you don't need to.

It took a while for Berrian and Favre to gel, but things are starting to look up. They connected on a solid touchdown pass against the Packers that seemed to create a mutual understanding of one another.

Shiancoe had a bad game in Green Bay dropping a couple, but he has been great so far. He's catching touchdowns and turning himself into one of the elite tight ends in the league.

I owe an apology or two to rookie Percy Harvin. I thought the guy would turn to be a complete bust. But he has shown that he has some sticky hands and is one of the hardest receivers to bring to the ground. Very rarely will you see only one guy take Harvin down. He makes defenders miss by juking or simply running over them. He's fun to watch.

Brett Favre has done wonders for this offense the past couple weeks. Experts were quick to say that he was done. His career was finished and he had nothing left.

He started to prove people wrong against San Francisco. He followed that game up with a one of the best in his career against Green Bay. Doubters are starting to turn their heads. Slowly teams are becoming aware that this isn't a one or two game thing. It's going to last all season.

A lot of people have been worried about Peterson's supposed slip this season. If I may ask all of you who feel this way, "Why are you worried and why do you think he's slumping?"

All you guys are quick to point out that he hasn't had a 100-yard game since week one. I'm here to say, what's your point?

The guy has had game averages of 7.2, 6.1, 4.5, 2.5, and 4.6 yards per carry. I see one bad game, two solid games, two great games.

The guy just isn't being used right now. That's not a bad thing Vikings fans. Let Peterson rest while others carry the load. When he need him to, he shows up. That's the important thing. He's still the best in the game at what he does.

The true test is indeed up ahead in the next three weeks with a game against the Ravens at home followed by back-to-back games in Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

It should be an interesting ride boys.

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