Monday, July 26, 2010

Power Ranking Number 4: Minnesota Vikings

Vikings fans don’t worry quarterback Brett Farve is coming back for the 2010 season to hopeful lead the Vikings to a Super Bowl victory and then ride into the sunset like John Elway did years ago. But don’t expect to see Farve until the second or third pre-season game in camp with the Vikings, and they will give him all the time he needs for his ankle to heal, but they know without Farve their Super Bowl dreams are down the drain. True, the Vikings have a great running back in Adrian Peterson and he will be the focus on their offense no matter if Farve returns or not, but Farve making the passing game go. The Vikings have some outstanding receivers in Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian, last year’s offensive rookie of the year Percy Harvin, and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. They also have a very good offensive line that open holes for Peterson and does a good job pass blocking for Farve beside the NFC Championship game where Farve hurt the ankle.

On defense they have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL lead by defensive end Jared Allen who has a great motor and goes 100 percent all the time and has some very good pass rush moves. Pat Williams and Kevin Williams line up at defensive tackle and make up the Williams Wall which is one of the best defensive tackle combo and is very hard to run against. Middle linebacker EJ Henderson come back from injury which cased him to miss the final four games of the season and the post season. Despite having a very good cornerback in Antoine Winfield, the Vikings secondary is the weak point on their defense and are hoping by adding cornerback Lito Sheppard in the off-season that will help somewhat.

The Vikings season comes down to one thing, Brett Farve and how he plays at 41 years old. Will he be the quarterback that was one game away from the Super Bowl and helped Sidney Rice get to the Pro Bowl and Percy Harvin win rookie of the year, or will father time catch-up to him? Vikings are hoping that he can repeat the 2009 season but make his last game of his career be in Cowboy’s Statium walking off the field holding the Lombardi Trophy.

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