Scoggins: Vikings are happy campers heading to Mankato

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 23, 2013 - 6:01 AM

Compared with last year, the team enters training camp with much more optimism.

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TabarnooshJul. 23, 13 6:55 AM

I am hoping for the best but this season absolutely rests on Ponders shoulders. Does Ponder show his improvements enough to consistantly win or just enough to keep the team guessing. That's where the coaches earn their pay, or pink slip.

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bredpathJul. 23, 13 7:20 AM

Winfield is a much bigger loss than Harvin. Cook has yet to play a full season or intercept a pass, Rhodes is a rookie, and Robinson hasn't ever covered the slot WR. If these guys can play well, we shouldn't need too much out of Ponder.

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siouxchampJul. 23, 13 7:51 AM

Going into Year 3 for Ponderosa and we can't stop talking about "those 4 games at the end", where he played like an Average/decent NFL QB. As a Vikings fan, I'm eager to move pass the Ponder era so I can watch my team move forward.

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TabarnooshJul. 23, 13 8:04 AM

(Going into year 3 for Ponder) As a fan I'm ready to see the Vikings make the playoffs.....again. And, hopefully because that's what every team hopes for this time of year, go further than one and done. In that process, if Ponder doesn't throw a single touchdown (obviously unlikely) I could care less. I don't play fantasy league, which is the ONLY thing Ponder haters seem to care about instead of, you know, wins/losses/playoffs. The actual players don't care about anything except the playoffs, so, I'll care about what the actual players care about.

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bruisedupJul. 23, 13 8:14 AM

I believe the Vikings did do better as a team last year because of the doom and gloom perception of people outside the team. That put a lot of fight in the team. They knew they had talent. On offense Peterson returns this year with a great run blocking offensive line. Also returning are pro bowlers in Rudolph and Felton. There are two great wide receiver additions in Patterson and Jennings. Ponder is a good roll-out quarterback who can get the ball to the play makers. The team is again underrated this year by a perception that Ponder can't quarterback and the Vikings again will have a putrid passing attack. Quite frankly, I like it. This puts the offense (and especially Ponder) in a position to prove something. The Vikes defense will have to prove they can function without Winfield and questions at linebacker. Again there is no resting on last years accomplishments even though there is good talent to replace Winfield and Brinkley. Things look good. Having to prove something is a good thing.

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bengravedJul. 23, 13 9:04 AM

Can Ponder, make a good pass on a consistent basis, past twenty yards, remains to be seen. If not it will be time, to wait another three or four years, for another Spielman experiment at QB, to see if he pans out.

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sage62Jul. 23, 13 9:07 AM

If Ponder can play well and consistently this year, it's going to be a fun year. GB has no D, horrible O line and zero sum running game. They have Rodgers and better protect him better, he is getting older.

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siouxchampJul. 23, 13 9:18 AM

Ponder consistent? Anyone follow his career at FSU? He played just as many BAD games, as GOOD games (that comment was straight out of my 2011 Draft magazine). Ponder has been up and down his whole career. I'm not expecting that to change, this year. Why would anyone? Sounds negative, but I'm predicting this is the last year in the NFL Ponder will start. I believe, his career will start to follow and look like Rex Grossman’s. Which ironically was also the 4th QB, taken in his draft (2003).

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gadflyJul. 23, 13 9:55 AM

"The Vikings also face a tougher schedule" NO. THEY. DON'T. The Vikings' opponents had the eighth-best winning percentage in the league last year and a higher winning percentage than the teams who are on the schedule this season. So yes, it's possible that this season's schedule could end up being more difficult, but the odds are it will be easier. Either way, we won't know until the end of the season, so it's ridiculous to talk about it now.

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gadflyJul. 23, 1310:05 AM

So if a team replaces a player who has been to one Pro Bowl, in 2009, as a KR, with a player who has been to two Pro Bowls, in 2010 and 2011, as a WR, would you expect the offense to be better or worse?

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Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
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Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
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